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India navy set to open third base in strategic islands to counter...


India's navy will open a third air base in the far-off Andaman and Nicobar islands on Thursday (Jan 24) to beef up surveillance of Chinese ships and submarines entering the Indian Ocean through the nearby Malacca Straits,... More

BJP plans to use EWS quota, citizenship Bill to consolidate Hindu votes...


To consolidate Hindu votes in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is preparing strategies to cash in on the legislation to provide 10 per cent quota for economically backward sections in general category... More

India’s debts up by 49% under Narendra Modi


There has been a surge in the total liabilities of the National Democratic Alliance government led by Narendra Modi, which came to power nearly four-and-half-years ago. The news comes just after the government was censured by the national... More

Citizenship bill clouds BJP’s Lok Sabha prospects in NE


The mounting opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the northeastern states may derail the BJP’s bid to win 21 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the region. While student bodies in Assam and other northeastern states... More

There’s a new Gandhi in town: India’s most famous dynasty produces another...


A daughter of India’s most famous dynasty jumped into the political arena on Wednesday, shaking up the race to lead the world’s largest democracy ahead of elections set for later in the spring. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, 47, took... More

Indian citizenship won’t be given without state govt’s consent after passage of...


Indian citizenship would not be granted to any foreigner without the consent of state governments concerned after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday. Ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad said every application for... More

‘Not time yet for Australia’s inclusion in Malabar naval games’

Involving Australia in the Malabar exercises would send a political message, which India is not prepared to do. But there is no pressure from China to keep Australia out of the exercises with the U.S. and Japan,... More

Citizenship Bill reveals fault lines among BJP units in northeast


The controversy over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has laid bare differences among state units of the Bharatiya Janata More

Is it sensible for India to follow US’ footprint?


One of the achievements that China and India made on the diplomatic front in 2018 was the improvement in bilateral relations.  The informal Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in... More

India scaling up defence diplomacy in extended neighbourhood


Keeping regional security in mind, India has scaled up its defence cooperation with its extended neighbourhood in the last three years under New Delhi's Neighbourhood First, Act East and Look West policies. Informed sources here said there has... More

Nepal, India air route talks keep going round in circles


Nepal and India made little progress at the highly anticipated air route talks held in Mumbai, India last week. Nepal has been badgering the southern neighbour to grant air entry points through the L626 Mahendranagar route and... More

Bangladeshi Hindu immigrants living in Kolkata’s suburban towns see citizenship hope in...


Radhika Burman shudders recall the moments when she almost lost her breath while running desperately to save the lives of her two infants clutched in her arms. Her husband ran along with their five-year- More

Lockheed sees potential exports of 200 F-16 jets from proposed Indian plant


Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) sees a potential export market of more than $20 billion for its F-16 fighter aircraft from an assembly line in India it has offered to set up in order to win a large Indian... More

Citizenship Bill: Strikes have become test case for freedom of speech in...


Labor strikes and shutdowns have become the weapon of choice for groups in northeast Assam that oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, despite warnings that anyone complying might be in contempt of court. There has been a series of... More

India develops advanced laser pods to boost fighter jet’s attack skills: Source


India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced and most sought after weapon targeting system in the world, which sharpens the attack capabilities of fighter jets in all-weather conditions. With this development, it... More

India’s largest coastal defence exercise begins


Ten years after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, the Indian Navy will coordinate ‘Exercise SEA VIGIL’ — the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast — on January 22 and 23. The first-of-its-kind exercise will be undertaken... More

India plans to extend coastal surveillance radar system to Maldives


With Maldives’ defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi due to visit India on her first tour this week, India plans to renew its offer to extend the coastal surveillance radar systems (CSRS) project to the island neighbour, as... More

Modi’s populism could turn India into another Philippines or Argentina


Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, doesn’t have much in common with the leader of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. At least not in terms of their leadership tactics. Look below the surface though. You’ll soon see that there... More

‘Kashmiri body bags sell well in India for gaining votes’


Fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir has intensified since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 amid rising attacks by Hindu hardliners against minorities in the country, further deepening frustration with New Delhi’s... More

Over 50% of Rs 59,000 crore Rafale price already paid amid political...


India has already paid more than half of the Rs 59,000 crore owed to France under the contract inked in 2016 for the 36 Rafale fighter jets, which will be delivered between November 2019 and April 2022. The... More

At the Raisina Dialogue, the ‘Quad’ makes it amply clear that China’s...


When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, speaking at the inauguration of the Fourth Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi between January 8 and 10, said that the “principle of might is right cannot be applicable to the... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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