Â A fortnight ago, the government did the smart thing by distancing itself ostentatiously from the â€œmischievousâ€ media reports that appeared totally out of the blue to the effect that China has beefed up its... More
Thereâ€™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 residentsâ€™ every need. Its clients are cows.
The Shri Krishna... More
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 â€“ Bibi standing; Bibi... More
As Myanmar (formerly known as Burma)Â celebrated70 years of independence in January 2018, the â€œtextbook exampleâ€ of ethnic cleansing unfolding in the northwestern part of the country continued. The plight of the Bengali-speaking Muslim population... More
In a bid to enforce President Donald Trumpâ€™s â€˜Buy American Hire Americanâ€™ policy, the US government might put in place further Ârestrictions on H1B visas, of which India is a major beneficiary. The current... More
In the backdrop of the third anniversary of the current regimeâ€™s coalition partnership - of President Sirisenaâ€™s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and PM Ranil Wickremesingheâ€™s United National Party (UNP) (commemorated on January 09),... More
With continued international concern over the treatment of Rohingyas in Myanmar, some commentators have suggestedÂ the use of sanctions to varying degrees. This would not be the first time that Myanmar faced sanctions. The United... More
From the Indian perspective, todayâ€™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
At the end of 2015, soon after Nepal promulgated a new constitution, the Madhesis of the countryâ€™s southern plains intensified a movement seeking revisions in the structure of political representation and federalism. The constitution,... More
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
In theÂ recently concluded elections in Nepal, the Left Alliance of the Communist PartyÂ of Nepal (UnifiedÂ Marxist-Leninist) (UML) andÂ Communist Party of NepalÂ (Maoist Centre) (MC) â€“Â has registered an impressive victory. They may not gain a two-thirds lead... More
Inaugurating a newly built dam in 1954, Indiaâ€™s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru christened it as the â€œtemple of modern Indiaâ€. Nehru, as the architect of modern India was clear right from the beginning... More
For Farhan Karim of Bangladesh origin, the knowledge and introspection that architectural history offers is an education that is needed for society in essence to understand not so much the past but the present... More
In early October, Indiaâ€™s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a circular calling for consultants from the private sector. Hardly a new occurrence â€“ the ministry, in its mission to tap external talent, has... More
As Rahul Gandhi gets ready to take over as Congress president in the coming weeks â€“ with Sonia Gandhi havingÂ toldÂ the news channel NDTV on October 13 that â€œit is now happeningâ€ â€“ there is... More
Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called â€œAsiaâ€™s... More
Kisturi Devi, 62, lives with her two daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren in Ballana village of Alwar district in Rajasthan. All three women are widowed. Since 2013, Devi has been receiving an old-age pension of... More
South Asia had its fingers crossed as it waited to hear the new US administrationâ€™s policy on the region, which usually revolves around the never-ending dilemma that is Afghanistan. However, once it was finally... More
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
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
Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More
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
Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More
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.
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
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”.
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
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