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Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech


The much discussed speech by Congress scion Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the guest of honour, can be singled out from his previous speeches on one visible count... More

Bangladeshis accuse Myanmar of attempting to overwrite history


As hundreds of thousands fled violence in Myanmar, a statement by the country’s powerful military chief further shocked the world with an attempt at concocting a revisionist history. Reports  bdnews24.com . Amid the reports of... More

Modi’s visit won’t push Myanmar away from China toward India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit to Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month. Following Htin Kyaw's and Suu Kyi's India... More

Public anger brews in Bangladesh over India’s stance on Rohingya crisis


The dissatisfaction in Dhaka has been building up steadily. While India had given its full backing to the internationally-isolated Myanmar government on the Rohingya crisis, it had to face the reality that those statements... More

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties


Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having spent US$1 trillion on the... More

Xi chairs summit to set course for next golden decade of BRICS


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday chaired the ninth BRICS summit, calling on the group of five emerging economies to intensify cooperation and contribute more to a world troubled by protectionism and imbalanced development. "We... More

India banned cash to fight corruption. It didn’t work


Nearly 10 months after India’s unprecedented ban on high value notes that was designed to tackle entrenched corruption, bribery continues to oil the wheels of business in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to a U.S.... More

New US strategy for Afghanistan


As the new US administration mulls over how to best deal with the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban have sent an open letter to Trump advising him to completely pull US troops out of the... More

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of leadership transition, has likely averted months of political turmoil. A decision by... More

Stung by Ansari’s observations, Modi and BJP take potshots at outgoing VP


His tenure was distinguished and the time he spent in office is matched only by S. Radhakrishnan but Mohammad Hamid Ansari will probably go down in the history books as the vice-president who received the bitterest... More

Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?


During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Australia. In South Asia, they built the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and the Hambantota Port in Sri... More

How JR was coerced by New Delhi to sign the Indo-Lanka Accord...


Thirty years ago, on this day (July 29th. 1987) an accord was signed by the then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene the then President of Sri Lanka in Colombo that... More

Malabar 2017: Does India have a friend in the Japanese Navy?


The recent participation of Japanese warships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami in the trilateral Malabar 2017 naval exercises (along with the Indian and US navies) marks the beginning of a new phase in Japan’s... More

Is India moving towards a civil war?


In the name of cow protection, the self-proclaimed cow protector’s unleashed violence in several parts of India. Increasing incidents of ‘Mob Lynching’ and the silence of Modi government have encouraged the gau-rakshaks (cow protectors)... More

Why is India sensitive to China’s road building?


The "eyeball-to-eyeball standoff" between Chinese and Indian troops high in the Himalayas is the longest yet. Usually border incursions are sorted out within days, but this one has been going on for more than... More

Israeli-Indian ties reach new heights


When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian prime minister, it will mark the apex of a century-old relationship that has plodded forward... More

OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk


Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents the world with the One Belt One Road (OBOR)... More

A rare national harmony on CPEC exhibited


The travel of all the chief ministers to China with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which is a great sight to watch, materialized only after his opposing provincial chief executives fully realized that the China-Pak... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India, China, Sri Lanka...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith till the advent of Islam in 7th. Century AD... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela Baishakh


Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever monsoon comes in our region. It’s celebrated in Punjab, in our Bengal and... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces and nationalist thugs against the country’s Rohingya... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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

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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

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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