Bhutan to graduate from being a Least Developed Country

Bhutan is about to graduate from being one of the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs), as defined by the UN. The world’s 47 LDCs comprise about 880 million people – or 12% of the world... More

Joining B&R can help India diminish domestic poverty

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a two-day official visit to China in late April and held an informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province. Hailing the sound... More

Military under Bajwa reaching out to India but New Delhi hostile

A commentary published by UK think-tank Royal Unites Services Institute (RUSI) has said that Pakistan’s military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa realises that the way to peace and prosperity in Pakistan is through military... More

Bangladesh in a bind over LNG imports

The arrival of Bangladesh's first imported liquefied natural gas shipment at the floating Moheshkhali terminal in the Bay of Bengal last week is expected to ease an acute gas shortage that is worsening as... More

Pakistan and India join hands for first-ever military drills

The nuclear-armed neighbors and arch-rivals of South Asia, India, and Pakistan, will be participating in a counter-terror exercise consisting of joint military drills, scheduled to take place in September, this year. Pakistan and India,... More

Malabar 2018: India deals a blow to Australia and ‘the Quad’

The shadow of China looms large in India’s decision to exclude Australia from an upcoming multilateral naval exercise. Canberra confirmed last Thursday that its navy would not be part of Malabar 2018, which will... More

What the Modi-Xi meeting tells us about China and India

It’s been a busy week for geopolitical meetings. While Western leaders convened in Washington and Korean leaders got together in the demilitarized zone, India’s Narendra Modi headed to the Wuhan province in China to... More

Capsize of coal barges in Sundarbans rings alarm on Rampal plant

The capsize of a cargo vessel in Bangladesh on Sunday carrying 775 metric tons of coal near the Sundarbans has rekindled concerns about the huge Bangladesh-India coal-power plant in Rampal, just 14 kilometers upstream... More

China, India to boost partnership amid Washington-Beijing trade war

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to China this week for an informal meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in what analysts say could help reset ties between the Asian neighbors. The two leaders... More

Half of India’s 94 cities with toxic air in 4 states

Every third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India–where most people die of air pollution than any other nation–was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh,... More

How a rape exposes the conflict between two visions of India

In recent years, India has witnessed a disturbingly high volume of sex crimes – so much so that when the rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old girl from a Muslim nomadic community in... More

China’s arms sales to Pakistan support nation’s military sovereignty without conditions

There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China's arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country's military sovereignty. Pakistan has been shunning the US in favor... More

India’s revised China policy tactical adjustment, not strategic change

The Doklam standoff between China and India last summer has set bilateral relations at a low ebb. The standoff has prompted the two countries to more seriously review each other and figure out each... More

India’s trade deficit with China up two-fold in adecade to 2016-17; can...

India’s trade deficit with China increased more than two-fold (219%) from $16 billion in 2007-08 to $51 billion in 2016-17, according to commerce ministry data. India’s imports ($61 billion) from China were six times its... More

India and China reduce the temperature ahead of high-level meetings

There are murmurs in the Indian press that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will head to Chinese in May for a high-level summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. If true, Modi... More

Fear, loss of jobs as Indian TV brands people ‘Hindu haters’

A growing debate about the quality of journalism on Indian television and government influence intensified after the country’s second most watched news channel branded some people an “Opposition Troll Army” against the... More

Pakistan adds to cryptocurrency curbs

India’s central bank barred banks on Friday from having any links to virtual currency dealers, slashing the prices of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on local exchanges. Pakistan’s central bank said in a separate statement late... More

India’s finance minister to undergo kidney transplant

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from some kidney related problems and is set to undergo kidney transplant this weekend (Apr 7). A senior AIIMS official told IANS that all paperwork and other formalities for... More

Pakistan seeks bailout from China and Saudis, rather than the IMF

Pakistan plans to seek financial assistance from China and Saudi Arabia to get out of the grave financial crisis it faces to bridge the country’s external account deficit ahead of budgetary proposals for the... More

Pakistan balances foreign policy in response to tougher US approach

A lot is going on in Pakistani-US relations: There was US President Donald Trump's New Year's tweet and various American attempts to put Pakistan on the global terrorist-financing watch list. More recently the Trump... More

Sri Lanka determined to agree free trade deal with China and India

Sri Lanka will “redouble” efforts to strike a free trade deal with China and conclude and expanded trade pact with India as part of the island nation’s strategy of becoming an Indian Ocean hub... 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

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft...

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. Dr. Nagao told this correspondent in an email... 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