How India became the world’s most dangerous country for women

India is perceived as having the worst record for sexual violence, harassment from cultural and traditional practices and human trafficking, meaning it is now considered the least safe country in the world for women. These are the findings... More

India speeds up environmental approvals in industry, alarms activists

India is fast-tracking environmental clearances for projects like power plants and coal mines in a bid to propel growth, setting off alarm bells among environmentalists and affected residents who say the decisions are being made too quickly. In... More

The real discussions between India and China at SCO

India was the only country in the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), which opposed the US$50 billion (S$67.84 billion) ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that any mega connectivity project must... More

Ball in India’s court for trilateral corridor as China-Nepal railway agreed on:...

The joint construction by China and Nepal of a cross-border railway connecting the Tibet Autonomous Region with Kathmandu is vital to Tibet's development and stability. China and Nepal agreed to hasten the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding... More

Fazlullah eliminated

At last the dreaded commander of the banned terrorist organisation, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has been eliminated in a US-operated drone attack in Kunar province of Afghanistan, reportedly conducted on 13th June. Media reports also informed that the... More

Following jailing of monk, Lanka mulls special courts for Buddhist clergy

Following the jailing of a controversial ultra nationalist monk in Sri Lanka it has been proposed that a separate court be established to hear cases against the Buddhist clergy. The Jathika Hela Urunaya (JHU) Champika Ranawaka told the... More

India warned of zero-sum mentality as Napal PM to visit China

Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli was scheduled to visit China starting Tuesday with discussion focused on economic ties and infrastructure projects, and analysts said India should not worry its influence in Nepal would diminish, but instead... More

The ‘Indo-Pacific’ and Pakistan

On June 2nd, the US renamed its Pacific Command, the oldest and largest American military setup in the Asia-Pacific, as the US ‘Indo-Pacific Command’, stretching from the east coast of Africa to the west coast of the... More

Pakistan a land of connectivity within the SCO

Pakistan attended the June 9-10 SCO Summit in Qingdao, China, for the first time as a full member of the organization. Going forward, Pakistan will play a proactive role as a vital member of the Shanghai Cooperation... More

“We are not a wholly democratic society yet because our constitution is...

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi sat down for her first one-on-one interview with NHK in 5 years. In the interview, Aung San Suu Kyi told NHK World correspondent Orie Sugimoto that deep-rooted anti-Rohingya sentiment... More

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 earnest in a... 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 year, has a... 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 in the Supreme... 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, observers said. That might... 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 be Bangladesh’s first... 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 storied US Pacific... 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 even as crowds... 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 Sputnik, stressing that... 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 exposed than India. The... 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 should be to... 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 Modi government. The survey... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More