Centre withdraws more than 7,000 CRPF troops from four states

The Centre has withdrawn more than 7,000 Central Reserve Police Force personnel who were deployed to conduct anti-Maoist operations from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand and internal security-related duty in Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported on Sunday, quoting... More

Indian state-owned company may win bid to mint 27 million Brazilian centavo...

Even as unconfirmed press reports have emerged, indicating that unspecified denominations of the Indian rupee are printed in China, an India-based, government-owned currency printing press has come close to striking a deal with the Brazilian government for... More

Naval Air: India falls farther behind China

China and India have both decided to expand their navies by building their own aircraft carriers. Both nations began by refurbishing Russian carriers before designing and building their own. China was able to refurbish the former Russian... More

India’s wrong step

India’s political divides increasingly look unbridgeable. Yet, when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died last Thursday, he was mourned even by those who had been his opponents in life, whether within or outside his Bharatiya Janata... More

Vajpayee’s Kashmir policy: Myth and reality

One of the biggest contributions of the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vapayee is regarded his effort to seek resolution of Kashmir through a policy of accommodation with Pakistan and engagement with Hurriyat. But over the years,... More

China defence minister to discuss possibility of setting up hotline with India

Chinese minister of national defence and a member of the Central Military Commission Wei Fenghe is set to visit India from August 21 to 24, during which both sides are expected to discuss measures to deepen the... More

India cast millions of Muslims as illegal immigrants, their legal battles are...

The list drew lines through villages, divided families and caused chaos in communities. The Indian state of Assam last month put out a draft of the National Register of Citizens that excluded 4 million people who claimed to... More

India in talks with Fiji for broader security support

The Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Vishvas Sapkal today said that the Indian government is holding talks with the Fiji Navy on the possibility of providing broader security support to the island country. According to Fiji village website,... More

Indian P-8 controversy threatens follow-on buy

A desire of the Indian Navy to procure an additional 12 Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft is lying in cold storage following a recent audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), an authority that audits... More

India, China open new meeting point for armies

This Independence Day, India and China opened a new point for officers of the armies of the two countries to meet. The move is being hailed as an “ice-breaker” by Indian defence officials and signalling the beginning... More

Can India win Nepal again using soft power?

American scholar Joseph S. Nye Jr. coined the term ‘soft power’ when the United States’s power and influence were at its peak, and the argument was simple—Should USA resort to hard power for diplomatic settlements or not?... More

India wants to buy the Sparrow to appease US

The surprise announcement that India will buy the US/Norwegian Sparrow air defence missile system for $1 billion may have been expedited to mollify the United States. Given Washington DC’s unhappiness with India going ahead with a $6 billion,... More

India’s narrative faces trouble in Afghanistan

The Donald Trump administration has over the past few months seemingly started to work in a steadfast manner to come to some sort of a conclusion in Afghanistan—America’s longest running war, now in its 17th year. Trump... More

Indian PM condemns lynchings but critics say it’s too late

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned acts of violence committed against minorities in the country, but critics say his comments come too late. In a Q&A interview with Times of India, Modi said state governments should take... More

Russia expands assets and naval horizons across Indo-Pacific

On July 29, at an event marking his country’s Navy Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that 26 new warships and vessels would be delivered to Russia’s navy by the end of the year. And there is more... More

It has been 5 years but India still has no answers on...

Five years ago, India suffered its biggest peacetime military loss: The navy’s submarine, the INS Sindhurakshak, exploded and sank in Bombay’s Naval Dockyards. Five years on, little is known about what happened when 18 of its crew were... More

56 years later, China can still choke Indian troops the way it...

Indian soldiers on the frontline run the risk of being isolated if adversaries cause landslides to block single-access roads, a tactic the Chinese had successfully adopted 56 years ago, former army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor (retd) has... More

Indian Army chief wants to revolutionise the military by cutting manpower

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders for the slashing of manpower at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi, the creation of integrated brigades and the calling up of reservists for frontline... More

Fear mounting among Bengali Muslims in Indian state of Assam 

A catastrophic situation has emerged in India’s eastern state of Assam where about 40 lakh people, mostly Muslims, could lose their citizenship due to lack of the documents that could prove them as being Indians. On July 30,... More

Why India feels the heat of US-Russia diplomatic tensions

America’s Cold War confrontation with Russia seriously affected our relations with Washington. Ironically, after the Soviet Union’s collapse and the grip the US acquired on Russia’s governance under the Boris Yeltsin regime, difficulties developed in India-Russia ties.... More

Over 1,600 URLs blocked in India over last 18 months, FB took...

As many as 1,662 uniform resource locators (URLs) or posts on social media were blocked over 18 months ending June 2018, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for electronics and information technology, told the Rajya Sabha (Parliament’s upper house)... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

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. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

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 baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

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”. As some would have... More



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 formed, this will... More