Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Time to act on Felani

(Exclusive): As protests in Nepal mounted over the recent killing of Govind Gautam , India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval telephoned Prime Minister Prachanda to offer condolences and promised an inquiry into the death. Doval’s call followed... More

Cow vigilantes in Rajasthan beat man to death, injure 4 others

A Muslim man died after being brutally assaulted by gau rakshaks in Rajasthan’s Alwar two days ago for allegedly transporting cows. Pehlu Khan (55), a Muslim resident of Haryana, succumbed to his injuries on Monday night, reports said. Reports... More

China won’t allow India a free ride on its economic growth while...

China is not going to allow India a free ride on their economic growth jeopardizing Beijing's core interests- indicated China’s government-backed news site Global Times. In an opinion article, Liu Jianxi of Global Times said that New... More

Why Vajpayee Would Never Pick Adityanath

Would Atal Bihari Vajpayee have appointed Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh? Asking such a question is not a mindless exploration of the "Ifs" of history, but one way of assessing where we stand today... More

Indian Army Chief visits Bangladesh, Nepal

The Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan, rushed to Kathmandu and Colombo recently seeking to resolve blockages in ties and to enhance military-to-military cooperation. The Chinese state media warned India prior to the visit that China... More

India Snubs US Administration’s Offer To Mediate With Pakistan

India's stand that disputes with Pakistan must be resolved bilaterally and without third party mediation remains unchanged, the external affairs ministry said today in response to a US suggestion that President Donald Trump could play a role... More

Malaysia Asks India to Sign Up Quick on RCEP, Signs 31 Pacts...

Malaysia called on the Indian business community to impress upon the negotiators of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to conclude the agreement by this year-end or early next year. With US President Donald Trump withdrawing his country from... More

Will Trump administration mediate India-Pakistan conflict? 

It looks like the Trump administration is to take initiatives to solve the India- Pakistan dispute and reduce tensions between these two-neighboring countries. US Representative to United Nations Nikki Halley hinted this at a press conference this... More

Indian govt exploring ways to deport 10,000 Rohingya Muslims from Jammu

More than 10,000 Rohingya Muslims belonging to Myanmar are currently living in Jammu and Kashmir, and the central and the state governments are exploring ways on how to identify and deport them. The Rohingya Muslims are mostly living... More

‘Love’ causes more fatalities in India than terror attacks

A fairy-tale love story may be every other Indian’s fantasy but in reality, ‘love’ has led to many untimely deaths – even more than terror attacks. In the last 15 years, ‘love’ has been officially cited as the... More

Dalai Lama on his way to Tawang

The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama reached in India’s northeastern state of Assam on his way to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh to attend a congregation tomorrow (4 April) amid strict warning from China, reports Reuter. The trip of... More

India all set to get Missile Armed Drones from Israel

India's first missile armed drones that will give it the capability to carry out stand off cross-border strikes are ready in Israel, ahead of the first ever visit to the nation by an Indian prime minister. The Heron... More

China, India, Dalai Lama and Tawang

The Dalai Lama’s recent engagements have been far less reassuring for some, rubbing them up the wrong way. Beijing, for one, is losing sleep over his planned trip this week to Tawang, a small district on the... More

Will Mamata meet Hasina? It’s a suspense

Till Sunday evening, Trinamool Congress leaders were in the dark about the travel plans of party chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Delhi later this week. President Pranab Mukherjee has invited her for a dinner hosted... More

China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

China and India, on paper at least, are very close partners. Both Asian Giants are members of BRICS, and the latter in poised to officially enter the SCO later this year. Trade between the two is growing,... More

China asks India for caution, restraint on Tawang rail link

China asked India to exercise "restraint" on its plan to link the strategic border district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with a railway network+ , saying any "unilateral action" might "complicate" the unresolved border issue. "We hope that... More

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Writing off Rahul Gandhi will be unwise

If cricket is a game of “glorious uncertainties” even for the best teams, so is politics. And as the late Indian political maverick George Fernandez told this writer: “No politician can be written off unless he is... More

Malaysian PM visits India to boost ties

Malaysia is looking to expand investment in India across sectors such as infrastructure, telecom, IT, banking, ecommerce and healthcare, according to the Southeast Asian nation's trade and industry minister, Mustapa Mohamed. At the invitation of Shri Narenda Modi,... More

Permitting Dalai Lama in Arunachal is India’s mistake: China

China officially said that India is committing a major mistake in allowing Dalai Lama to visit the controversial border state Arunachal Pradesh. "This will have serious damage on bilateral relations (sic)," Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang warned... More

Cow slaughter law amended in Gujarat; penalty raised to life in prison

The Gujarat Assembly on Friday cleared a tough amendment to the law against cow slaughter in the state, increasing the punishment for such slaughter to life imprisonment. The older law, amended in 2011, stipulated that cow slaughter would... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama visits Tawang

The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled on April 4. He made this statement... 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

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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