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India to seal border with Pakistan and Bangladesh: Rajnath Singh


Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India plans to seal international boundaries with neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh soon. "India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India's major step against terrorism... More

After Ambedkar, caste rules India

Despite the legacy of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, father of independent India’s Constitution and first Law and Justice Minister who initiated his relentless campaign against social discrimination of the Dalits, the spectre of the barbarism of caste based... More

The Untold Story of India’s Decision to Release 93,000 Pakistani POWs After...


On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war concluded on December 16, 1971 – India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement under which India agreed to release all the 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of... More

Chandan Mitra On Yogi Adityanath


One must offer worshipful thanks to Chandan Mitra for enlightening us on this site on the powerful reasons that led Modi-Shah (like Laurel-and-Hardy, they are linked together in public perception) to dump Yogi Adityanath, of all people,... More

‘Unfriendly forces trying to disrupt India-Russia ties’


India and Russia on Friday admitted there may be some “unfriendly forces or actors” who may be trying to create hindrances in bilateral relations. India-Russia ties were discussed threadbare as Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with... More

India-China relations can be further strengthened with involvement of think tanks


Chinese media believes if Chinese and Indian think tanks work together with mutual co-operation for insightful and high-quality research alongside with policy development projects for both party’s interest than it can be the next step towards a... More

‘Hasina’s visit will add a new chapter to Indo-Bangla relationship’


Private power producers such as Adani Power and Reliance Power have robust investment plans for Bangladesh’s energy sector, India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla told Business Line in an interview prior to the visit of... More

Russian Game Plan in Eurasia Could Bring India, China Closer


As India and Russia prepare for their 18th annual summit in early June this year in St. Petersburg, the challenge before the two countries would be to give fresh impetus to their bilateral trade and strategic ties without losing sight of reality. In particular, the... More

More Indian BSF men dying of mental illness rather than operations


More personnel of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) are dying of  mental illness and lifestyle diseases than in the line of duty. BSF Director General KK Sharma shared details of a study conducted among the force while speaking... More

Choice of Adityanath is risky, says Walter Andersen


The recent Assembly elections in five Indian States have established the  pre-eminence of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s polity. Nistula Hebbar spoke to Professor Walter Andersen, Director of the South Asia Studies... More

Diplomacy for New India


Never one to rest on his laurels, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set himself a new target — showcasing a “New India” by 2022, the 75th anniversary of the nation’s independence. In a significant address to the... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

SOUTHERN EYE: Modi’s “Bangali solution” to Teesta, Ganges barrage


(Exclusive): At the moment, it seems Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is blessed with two huge assets – a strong tactical sense and the blessings of the Almighty. The sweeping BJP victories in UP and Uttarakhand and the... More
Anti-Romeo squads

“Anti-Romeo squads” of police are in action in UP


Young men were questioned, shamed and even forced to do sit-ups in various cities across Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday as "anti-Romeo squads" of the police were out on the streets on the orders of new Chief Minister... More

Doval’s visit to gauge US stance on South Asia


India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval arrived in Washington yesterday, 21 March, on a four-day US visit essentially in an attempt to read the Trump administration mindset about the South Asian region. The top agenda of his... More

India to fit six new Hercules aircraft with TAWS


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to equip six new Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft equipped with the Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS), it was disclosed on 15 March.   A solicitation posted by the US Air Force... More

The Yogi and the magic of numbers


This is where bombast and its counter — sarcasm — ends. Where irony, humour retires. And hard-rock reality stares us in the face, the reality that is Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of India’s most populous State. We cannot... More

The Guardian view on a key poll: victory for anti-Muslim bigotry


The world breathed a sigh of relief last week as the Islamophobe populist Geert Wilders failed to become the head of the biggest party in Holland. The respite from elected bigotry did not last long. On Sunday... More

Strategic partnership with US secondary to security of Indians: Sushma Swaraj


In the backdrop of a series of attacks that have killed two persons of Indian origin and left two others injured in the United States, the Left leaders like D. Raja of CPI and Sitaram Yechury of... More

Who Will Be The Next President of India?


  Scoring the strongest victory in the recent state assembly elections, the BJP will have the choice of their own candidate in the next presidential elections in July when incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee completes his term. The BJP... More

Ayodhya issue sensitive, should be settled amicably: SC


Apex court says it is willing to choose a principal mediator, if necessary. On Tuesday Supreme court said the Ayodhya's Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be settled amicably by creating consensus with all parties involved. Terming the issue sensitive,... More

China will fight back if India continues antagonism!


India being overly sensitive with Chinese involvement in South Asian countries is peeving Beijing. China communist government’s mouthpiece Global Times published an article expressing robust reaction in this matter. They are saying if India carries on with... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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