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Celebrations as India nationality law fails


Celebrations have erupted in north-east India after a contentious nationality law put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government failed to pass. The proposed changes to the 1955 Citizenship Act would have given Indian nationality to Hindus and... More

In show of unity, India opposition parties seek pre-poll accord


Opposition politicians from across India met this week to discuss formally teaming-up against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s upcoming general election. The meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday evening was an important show of unity from... More

Emerging China changing South Asia balance, says ex-NSA


“Tensions between countries are far higher today than at any time in the last half century,” observed M.K. Narayanan, former National Security Advisor (NSA) and ex-Governor of West Bengal. Delivering the keynote address at the national conclave... More

At least 40 CRPF troops killed in suicide car bombing in Kashmir’s...


At least 40 CRPF personnel were killed on Thursday when a convoy in which they were travelling was attacked by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber, who rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into one of the convoy’s buses near... More

China builds airports, upgrades defence in Tibet near LAC with India


Despite the bitter Doklam standoff with India, China is still quietly building up its military presence in Tibet and, according to the latest intelligence report, it has upgraded its military camp under its western command in the... More

Modi govt’s Rafale deal cheaper than UPA’s, says CAG


The Rafale deal struck by the NDA government was 2.86 per cent lower than the earlier UPA-era contract that was being negotiated, the CAG has found. In a report tabled in Parliament Wednesday, the Comptroller and Auditor General... More

US warns countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil


America's tough-talking national security adviser John Bolton has warned countries, including India, against buying Venezuelan oil, saying nations and firms that support the embattled President Nicolas Maduro's "theft" will "not be forgotten". Bolton's warning through a tweet on... More

As Citizenship Bill is set to lapse, its supporters in Assam’s Barak...


With both Houses of Parliament being adjourned sine die – with no appointed date for resumption – on Wednesday, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is likely to lapse. In Assam’s Barak Valley, where there was overwhelming... More

Modi’s Rafale deal not ‘cheaper,’ ‘faster’: report


India’s deal with France for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets has become a major controversy with allegations of crony capitalism against the Narendra Modi-led government in New Delhi. A new report in the Indian daily newspaper... More

Speed up road construction along China border: India’s parliamentary panel asks BRO


A parliamentary panel has asked the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to sharpen its focus on strategic projects and speed up the construction of the long-delayed India-China Border Roads (ICBR). It also questioned the quality of some of... More

India needs infrastructure to bolster remote north east


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has personally launched the construction of three long-awaited transport links in north east India -- a strategically-important region abutting the Chinese border. In a whirlwind tour on Feb. 9, he launched a new... More

BJP puts controversial Citizenship Bill on backburner but will continue to needle...


Slightly over a month after the ruling BJP virtually rode home with the passage of the controversial 2016 Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, it surprisingly backed down on the proposed legislation on February 13 and... More

India is buying 72,400 assault rifles from American firm to replace INSAS


India has signed a contract with an American firm for 72,400 assault rifles at a cost of around Rs. 700 crore, Defence Ministry officials have said. The rifles, being used by US forces as well as several other... More

Why India’s new defense budget falls short


On February 1, India’s acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal (presented the Indian interim budget for 2019-20. Unsurprisingly for an election year, there was a big focus on agriculture and social sectors, and the defense allocation was certainly... More

Russia to the rescue of IAF, offers 21 MiG-29s to boost strength


Faced with a depleting strength, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is in talks with Russia to buy 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft that are lying with Moscow since the late 1980s. Top IAF sources told ThePrint that the Russians... More

India starts shortlisting firms for $4 billion naval utility helicopter deal


Almost two years after issuing an initial request for information, India's Ministry of Defence has issued an Expression of Interest for the supply of 111 naval utility helicopters (NUH) as part of a strategic partnership; it is... More

India rejects request to remove import quotas on four Nepali products


India has turned down Nepal’s longstanding request to remove import quotas on four Nepali products which have been in place since 2002. The southern neighbour has been applying quantitative restrictions on acrylic yarn, copper utensils, vegetable ghee and... More

Citizenship Bill protests: Prohibitory orders issued in Imphal, internet shut down for...


Authorities in Manipur have imposed prohibitory orders in Imphal East and Imphal West until further orders in view of protests called in the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, reported ANI. The controversial bill is likely to... More

The Rafale row rumbles on in India


The latest twist in the Indian government’s proposed acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets from French firm Dassault is more semantic than financial or technical. The negotiations were begun in the Congress-led regime, in 2012, when Dr... More

36-hour bandh in India’s Manipur against citizenship bill


Peoples’ Alliance Manipur (PAM), an umbrella body of various civil society organizations, has called a 36-hour shutdown across Imphal, starting from 5am on Monday, in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The decision was taken at a... More

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra rolls out ‘mission UP’ with mega Lucknow roadshow


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra drew big crowds in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on Monday as she launched her campaign for the national election with a roadshow two weeks after her debut in politics. Priyanka Gandhi, along with her brother... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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