India’s Christians, Sikhs face discrimination, says Scottish lawmaker

The British government was asked to raise concerns on the treatment of Christian and Sikh minorities in India when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in... More

Combating anti Muslim hate a key challenge for PM and Law and...

The latest challenge on the reconciliation front for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who has taken on the additional Ministry portfolio of Law and Order is an anti-Muslim sentiment that is rearing its ugly head... More

Pakistan ready for one-on-one mediation with Taliban

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif on Thursday (March 1) extended support to Kabul's proposed political process seeking to recognise the Taliban as a legitimate political group, and said Pakistan is ready for one-on-one talks... More

China gains over India in Maldives, Lanka and Pak

The Maldives has extended the 15-day state of emergency imposed in that country on February 5 by another 30 days. It has done this in complete defiance of India's wish that the emergency should... More

Seven BD banks struggle to finance themselves with Tk 94bn capital deficits

Seven banks of Bangladesh are currently operating with capital deficits totalling over Tk 94 billion until September last year - a crisis that threatens to metastasise into a large-scale banking meltdown. The total amount of... More

Anti-Bangladesh and anti-Muslim mindset may increase

Imtiaz Ahmed, professor of international relations, Dhaka UniversityDhaka University’s professor of international relations, Imtiaz Ahmed, talks to Prothom Alo’s AKM Zakaria about the geo-politics of this region, Indo-China relations, Bangladesh’s stance in the competition... More

PNB scam exposes rot in public sector banks but privatisation is no...

Every time a government bank reports a fraud in India, it fuels the chorus of those demanding privatisation of the sector. The demand for privatisation of pubic sector banks (PSBs) has been there for... More

India’s abuse of trade remedies against Chinese products will end up entrapping...

The first two months of 2018 have turned out to be a peak period for India to pursue trade remedy actions against China, its top trading partner, as the South Asian nation continues moving... More

Pellet gun victims stage protest in Srinagar  

The Jammu and Kashmir Pellet Victims Association staged a protest at Srinagar's Press Enclave in India-held Kashmir on Tuesday (Feb 20). The group, a gathering of victims of pellet guns fired by Indian security forces... More

Cabinet reshuffle likely, SLFP members threaten to leave coalition

Under the watchful eye of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who awaits for a chance to consolidate his landslide local government February 10 polls, the coalition government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil... More

Lankan PM says won’t quit

Sri Lanka Saturday completes six days in political limbo after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a landslide victory in the February 10 local government elections. With President Maithripala Sirisena’s defeated SLFP members virtually falling at... More

It’s vendetta in Dhaka, India must not meddle

The general election in Bangladesh is due in December this year and the leader of the main Opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, has been jailed for five... More

What the conviction of Bangladesh’s main opposition leader Khaleda Zia means for...

On February 8, a court in Bangladesh sentenced the opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in prison. She was convicted of indulging in corruption when she was prime minister a decade ago. Zia heads... More

‘Khaleda verdict an obstacle to fair polls’

Former professor of Dhaka University Mahbub Ullah feels the verdict in a graft case that jailed BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) Chairperson Khaleda Zia will hamper a participatory and fair election. "If there is no... More

Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP heads for sweeping victory in local govt....

The 2015 January 08 Presidential election was considered an important milestone in Lankan political history where a powerful ruler considered an autocrat by some was replaced democratically by a comparatively low profile competitor. But three... More

Tread softly on Maldives

The prescriptive, partisan and provocative approach that South Block took – for reasons that are best known to the Indian establishment – over the developments in the Maldives has suffered an embarrassing rebuff. The MEA... More

The coming US-China war?

The Doomsday Clock was recently reset to two minutes to midnight, indicating the dangerous times mankind is passing through currently. This is a notional device that measures the time we have left to live... More

8 of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic air

People living in eight of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic dust particles, PM 10, at levels exceeding national safety limits, according to a recent report. National capital Delhi has the worst air in the... More

The drama of replacing PM, jailing Gotabaya and de-franchising Mahinda

As President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party  (SLFP),  gets increasingly critical of his National Unity government’s coalition partner, the United National Party, (UNP), the latest moves... More

Political crisis brews as police file murder charges against army in India’s...

The alliance between India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the local People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the restive Jammu and Kashmir province is being severely tested over recent civilian killings by... More

India misleading US on why it is failing in Afghanistan

Because of what they read and hear in the media, it may seem far-fetched to most US and other Western readers, but the fact is this – it is India that is lying to... More


Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms

Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political reform are in the pipeline: the plans mark a return to the... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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