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China gives dressing-down to Maldives’ Nasheed


The mystery of the Supreme Court judges in Male promoting democracy in their beloved country is deepening. One of the three judges who gave the ruling to destabilize the political situation had unaccounted money... More

Pakistan to hug Russia amid US snub


Pakistan has decided to hug Russia tightly as the United States continues its hostile policy towards the only nuclear armed Muslim-majority country, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that... More

US hits Uighur terror group to impress China


The Trump administration has made a significant overture to Beijing this week over the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, during the testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Assistant Secretary of Defense for... More

For Rohingya refugees in India, even basic nutrition services are a distant...


Hunger is a constant for the 800 Rohingya living in Salehdi, a refugee camp in northern India, but the situation is especially dire for pregnant women and for mothers and their newborn children. The women... More

Sri Lanka’s independence: Lost and regained


Temple and church bells started ringing. Ships berthed in Colombo harbour blew their sirens. It happened 70 years ago at sharp 12 midnight on 4 February 1948 to mark the dawn of Independence to... More

Courage fails, rhetoric remains


Every budget has a context, every budget must have a goal. The context of Budget 2018-19 was graphically described in the Economic Survey: The macro-economic situation was vulnerable, the exchange rate of the rupee... More

India is on its way to becoming a Fragile State


It’s really the Americans who worry obsessively about other peoples’ fragile states, not us. They feel threatened by them as places where terrorism breeds and some target practice is legitimate. Unlike us, the Americans... More

Doklam blues, again


 A fortnight ago, the government did the smart thing by distancing itself ostentatiously from the “mischievous” media reports that appeared totally out of the blue to the effect that China has beefed up its... More

India’s sacred cow now threatens an $83 bln dairy industry


There’s a nursing home on the outskirts of New Delhi that offers free food and lodging, a well-resourced hospital, and 300 attendants to cater to residents’ every need. Its clients are cows. The Shri Krishna... More

Indian cows to yield more milk after Bibi’s visit


When South Block fires all 8 cylinders, make no mistake, the hyperbole serves a purpose. The MEA website featured 15 slides on the visit by the Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu – Bibi standing; Bibi... More

Rohingyas and the unfinished business of partition


As Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) celebrated70 years of independence in January 2018, the “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing unfolding in the northwestern part of the country continued. The plight of the Bengali-speaking Muslim population... More

Trump turning on Pakistan highlights American naivety


Henry Kissinger rightly noted that it’s often more dangerous being an ally of the United States than its enemy. The latest victim of this sad truism is Pakistan, a loyal ally of the US... More

No snoozing in Silicon Valley


In a bid to enforce President Donald Trump’s ‘Buy American Hire American’ policy, the US government might put in place further ­restrictions on H1B visas, of which India is a major beneficiary. The current... More

President for three more years or two? Ramifications of Sirisena seeking extra...


In the backdrop of the third anniversary of the current regime’s coalition partnership - of President Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) (commemorated on January 09),... More

Pakistan’s evolving nuclear doctrine


If Pakistan has not released a nuclear doctrine, it does not mean that it has not got one. It is understandable that a small nuclear power that espouses a limited aim of deterring coercion... More

How did sanctions impact Myanmar?

With continued international concern over the treatment of Rohingyas in Myanmar, some commentators have suggested the use of sanctions to varying degrees. This would not be the first time that Myanmar faced sanctions. The United... More

India isolated by One Belt One Road Initiative


From the Indian perspective, today’s announcement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing and Islamabad are open to extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan dramatically changes the power dynamic in the region.... More

How India steadily lost all its leverage in Nepal


At the end of 2015, soon after Nepal promulgated a new constitution, the Madhesis of the country’s southern plains intensified a movement seeking revisions in the structure of political representation and federalism. The constitution,... More

Maldives and China sign free trade agreement


Maldives President Abdul Yameen made his first state visit to China early this month to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), underscoring the growing partnership between the two countries. Yameen praised China, declaring it... More

With the Left Alliance now dominant in Nepal, India must reach out...


In the recently concluded elections in Nepal, the Left Alliance of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) (MC) – has registered an impressive victory. They may not gain a two-thirds lead... More

Indian Democracy at Crossroads


Inaugurating a newly built dam in 1954, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru christened it as the “temple of modern India”. Nehru, as the architect of modern India was clear right from the beginning... More

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Dangerous liaisons

The Soviet invasion in 1979 precipitated a large influx of Afghans into Pakistan, mainly from the Kabul elite, the affluent bought up residential homes and even small businesses, mainly in transportation. As the war reached the countryside the not so affluent started to cross over to escape being caught... More

Rohingyas: A fate much worse than the Palestinians?

The slide of the Palestinians into disarray and largescale suffering draws world interest because of its neighbor Israel, its support by the US and the history attached to the Middle East. For a long time, Palestine was also the ground for widespread insurrection and international violence. The age of PLO... More

Karnataka: Great for Indian democracy but not for Hasina 

The post poll developments in the southern state of Karnataka doubtlessly augurs well for Indian democracy. The Supreme Court's bold verdict in restricting the time given to BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, to prove its majority prevented the usual horse trading and shameless display of money power and... More

Pakistan & Afghanistan find a road-map to peace

Despite the myriad odds, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been successful in charting out a mutually agreed road-map to peace and stability in the ‘Af-Pak’ region. Whereas its many phases, starting from a proposal and the behind the scene negotiations to implementation, show that bi-lateral co-operation, despite a history of... More

Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But if the government was not facing enough trouble trying to arrange the... More

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India’s democracy faces threat from within

It’s a grim outlook for the world’s largest democracy. In India’s Karnataka state, the governor is favoring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to form a government, despite an opposition coalition having won more seats in the state legislature. The ongoing controversy has drawn attention to the way in which a constitutional position... More

Modi-Putin tete-a-tete in Sochi to mend ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests. Photo: Reuters/ Danish Siddiqui Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests.... More

India is failing the test on J-K

Mr Ram Madhav is the pointsman of the RSS and the BJP-led Central government for India’s foreign relations and Jammu & Kashmir. (Is there an irony in that?) On the government’s J&K policy, he once said: “The government will stand firm, eruption or no eruption.” Mr Madhav is safe and... More

Rohingya advocates urge Ottawa to consider resettling Muslim refugees

When more than half a million Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar last year and crossed into Bangladesh by foot and by boat, Anwar Arkani’s three sisters were among them. Arkani, who came to Canada in 1998 after living as a refugee for a decade in Bangladesh and Thailand, knows... More

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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