Interview with former RAW chief A S Dulat

Murtaza: Do you think the book has achieved its purpose? Dulat: It is very difficult to say. As General Durrani says in the introduction of the book, this book has been written in the right... More

Bangladesh budget for FY2019: Good, bad and ugly

The national budget is a means to manage the economy of a country through collection of revenue from various sources and making expenditures for development programmes. Hence, budget, though planned for only one fiscal... More

Without a trace: Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

A month before the scheduled execution of Mir Quasim Ali, a member of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh, his son and lawyer Mir Ahmad bin Quasim was preparing to appeal the death sentence... More

Modi wants no part of China-US rivalry, but still manages to keep...

With Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy set to boost India’s role in the region, New Delhi is working hard to avoid being caught in the middle of the growing rivalry between China and the United States,... More

Bangladesh and nuclear power: Significance for India

The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh has the potential to re-energise India-Russia cooperation and significantly enhance India’s geopolitical clout and standing in the nuclear community. The RNPP (whose construction began in 2013) will... More

Indo-US nexus in Indian Ocean & beyond

The Pentagon is renaming its oldest and largest military command to reflect the growing importance of the Indian Ocean in US strategic thinking, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. From now on, the... More

Alliance is the need of the hour: Deve Gowda

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda, 85, wears his years rather lightly. Just back from a tiring pilgrimage, the patriarch of the Janata Dal (Secular) and former Prime Minister is besieged with requests for press interviews... More

‘Afghans Dying Every Day’: Politicians slam security treaty with US

There is no other way than to consider a new Afghan security agreement that will bring together both regional players and global powers to ensure the security in the country, Afghan politicians have told... More

Modi’s protectionist war on China is a serious mistake

The economic tailwinds provided by low oil prices, a weak dollar, low interest rates, easy financial conditions and a relatively benign geopolitical environment have begun to reverse for emerging markets. And none seems more... More

Culprits get perverse incentive from repeated banking scams: Salehuddin

Bangladesh is no longer any unviable state but the fruits of its development are yet to reach the commoners, according to former governor of Bangladesh Bank Salehuddin Ahmed. He feels the country’s main development priority... More

People across India are losing faith in Modi’s economic policies: CSDS survey

The 'Mood of the Nation (MOTN) Poll by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) has said that a large number of Indians are unhappy with the economic policies of the Narendra... More

What Is Behind Amnesty’s Burmese Military-Friendly Report?

Amnesty International’s latest briefing report on the Rohingya crisis has managed to create a stir in an already riotous social media scene around Myanmar. The report has attracted widespread condemnation, including a comment by... More

India’s opposition shows signs of life

As a politician, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is distinguished by his relentlessness. Every vote, every constituency, every election matters. Modi has built his Bharatiya Janata Party into an electoral juggernaut that runs 21... More

Pentagon accuses Russia to avoid criticism over Afghanistan campaign: Analyst

A Pentagon representative has claimed that Russia is not doing enough to address the radicalization of terrorists. Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said that Daesh* is fleeing from Syria and Iraq and... More

Denying Muslims the opportunity to offer Namaz in open violates cultural liberty

Denial of open space to Muslims in Gurugram to offer namaz by some groups formed in the name of Hinduism is a negation of Sarva Dharma Sambhav which remains the foundational pillar of our... More

Bhutan’s happiness faces growing pains of development

When the World Health Organization recently named and shamed the world’s most polluted cities, it contained a notable surprise. Pasakha, a industrial town in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, was ranked second behind Muzaffarpur... More

ARSA conspicuous in its silence

On Jan. 31, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army posted a press statement on Twitter with the heading, “Notice to other armed groups, dacoit (bandit) groups, human trafficking groups, drug trafficking groups and some other... More

Pakistan is not a problem, but part of solution: Top Afghan official

Pakistan is not part of the problem but solution to the current challenges facing by Afghanistan, said a top Afghan official on Tuesday. Deputy Afghan Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, who was heading an Afghan... More

Pakistan’s economy goes from bad to worse as growth seen slowing

Pakistan’s outgoing government expects the economy will grow at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the coming fiscal year, but economists are doubtful. Standard Chartered Plc, Elixir Securities Pakistan Pvt. and BMA... More

Myanmar allows full foreign ownership in retail and wholesale

YANGON -- Foreign companies are now allowed to invest in Myanmar's retailers and wholesalers, including holding 100% stakes, as the country makes efforts to lift foreign investment amid the Rohingya refugee crisis. The Ministry of... More

Dhaka should support ICC jurisdiction over Myanmar: Kamal Hossain

The forced deportation of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh is a violation of international law, says former law and foreign affairs minister Kamal Hossain. Observing that the situation created out this crisis is a... More


No middle ground for talks between Maldivian regime and opposition

Even as targeted sanctions by the European Union loom on the political horizon, the Abdulla Yameen government and the opposition in Maldives are nowhere near finding middle ground to hold talks to ensure a free and fair Presidential election slated for September 23 this year. The government as well as... More

150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon who counts the vote. Even more importantly, it is about who gets to collate it. With rigging/tampering with ballot and ballot boxes fairly widespread in... More

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More