India rupee ban: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh rubbishes Modi crackdown

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rubbished the government's move to ban two major currency notes, calling it "monumental mismanagement". Mr Singh, the architect of economic reforms in the 1990s, said GDP would fall "by about 2%"... More

What’s India going to do with 23b worthless banknotes?

When the rest of the world rings in the New Year, India's central bank will be grappling with a unique situation: how to deal with more than 23 billion worthless banknotes. Stacked one on top of the other,... More

Opposition Unites To Pay Modi In Same Coin

Battle-lines have been drawn. The future is clear. Demonetisation has created a new fault line between the treasury benches and the opposition. There has never been any empathetic moment between thetwo, but Modi 's gamble has sharpened... More

Attacks on LoC, 11 Civilians, 3 Pak and 7 Indian troops killed

Eleven civilians were killed and seven more injured when Indian forces targeted an ambulance and a passenger bus near the Dhudnial town in Neelum Valley along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, claims Pakistan. It said... More

India meets China in finance

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the $100 billion China-led multilateral lender, set up in December 2015 with the membership of 57 countries is the second major Asian initiative after the Asian Development Bank (ADB) established in... More

Indian by-elections: ruling parties retain with Modi relieved, Mamata  rejoicing  

With uproar running high over wiping out of 86 percent Indian money, parliamentary and assembly by-election results are out for several important states. Ruling party candidates of those states won these elections. Prime Minister Modi and Mamata... More

India overtakes Pakistan in defense-spending battle

In the race for acquiring influence over the two neighbors- Pakistan and China, India, the biggest country in South Asia, continues to increase its stock of military hardware in the land and the sea, in open and... More

Demonetising notes or demonising cash?

I am obliged to return to the subject of ‘Old Notes for New’ because the hardship and suffering of the people continue. It is now clear that the decision to demonetise notes of Rs 500 and Rs... More

Trump met 3 Indian real estate developers: Conflict Of Interest?

US President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with Indian businessmen has fed a controversy in the US over conflict of interest after the billionaire's election and raised concerns over whether he can separate his presidency from his business. The New... More

India’s NSG entry seems remote

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led a huge diplomatic effort round the year to enroll  Delhi in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG). They met Chinese President Xi Jinping considering Beijing... More

Race to occupy sky: China overpowers India

Question is raised on the India’s capability in the race, in the twenty-first century, among big powers for speeding influence in the sky. The question is taken forward by the country’s Space Research magazine ‘Sputnik News’. The... More

Modi’s regime: Anxiety is rising

The scrapping of high-value notes will be good for PM Modi's mid-term scorecard, say foreign media It was difficult for observers to argue at the start of the month, with his term as Indian prime minister approaching the... More

Why India wiped out 86% of its cash overnight

On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave only four hours' notice that virtually all the cash in the world's seventh-largest economy would be effectively worthless. The Indian government likes to use the technical term "demonetisation" to describe... More

In Trump’s world

Since the end of the Cold War, the intensity and scale of India’s engagement with the United States has grown rapidly. This expanding interaction was based on a set of presumptions about America’s unparalleled national power and... More

India- Israel mull over singing defense deals

New Delhi’s ties with the Tel Aviv are set to reach a new height and this indication became clear in October last when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi compared his country’s offensive-‘Surgical Strike’-in Pakistan held Kashmir to... More

Understanding Trumpocalypse

Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. These words will echo in the hearts of 324 million Americans today, some shell-shocked and downcast, others delirious with joy. The sheer divergence of emotions over the... More

NSG isn’t the linchpin of India-U.S. n-cooperation

In a visit to a seminar organised by the Nuclear Law Association of India in Delhi, Stephen Burns, Chairman, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, spoke to The Hindu about the country’s support for India’s entry into the... More

India put on hold NDTV ban

  The one-day ban on NDTV's Hindi channel, widely condemned, has been put on hold by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India. The decision comes after the Supreme Court agreed to hear NDTV's application for a stay... More

Defence attaches in India briefed on the country’s security concerns

Indian army officers, on November 7, briefed the defence and military attaches of various countries posted in Delhi about the “global and regional security scenario” and India’s “security concerns”, amid rising tensions along the border with Pakistan.... More

China refuses to budge on India’s NSG bid

Ahead of this week's NSG meet in Vienna, China, on November 7, stuck to its guns saying there was "no change" in its stand on India's membership bid which it has indicated would be considered only after... More

Two jawans killed in Pakistan firing

Exchange of fire at forward posts in Sagra and Balnoi areas also reported Two soldiers were killed and five others, including two women, were injured as Pakistan Rangers resorted to shelling and firing to “provide cover to two... More


Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More



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