India-China military hotline talks run into protocol congestion within a week

Talks to establish a hotline telephone link between the militaries of India and China, revived only last week, have hit a roadblock on matters of protocol and operational command, a senior defence official has... More

US oil exports to India soar ahead of sanctions on Iran

US crude oil exports to India hit a record in June and so far this year are almost double last year’s total as the Asian nation’s refiners move to replace supplies from Iran and... More

UN report confirms Indian brutality in occupied Kashmir, says Pak FO

The Foreign Office on Thursday said the United Nation’s human rights report on Kashmir verified claims of brutality in Indian-occupied Kashmir. The United Nation’s office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued its... More

Why India needs to ally with China in the global trade war

India needs to tread carefully without losing sight of its core trade-related priorities. Given the dark protectionist clouds arising from the trade war, India faces several challenges in agriculture, industrial goods, and services. Its... More

INS Sumitra enters Indonesia’s Sabang Port

Indian naval ship INS Sumitra on Tuesday became the first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia. "INS Sumitra today became the first warship to enter Port of Sabang. It was received by traditional... More

A study quantifies the sharp retreat of Indian democracy since Modi’s election

Narendra Modi was elected prime minister of India in May 2014. For more than a decade before that, he had the image of a Right-wing strongman and his election elicited concern from many quarters... More

Fear of being classed a ‘foreigner’ spurring suicides in Assam

The fear of being listed as a “doubtful voter” – common in border villages in the state of Assam in northeast India – has led at least five people to take their own lives... More

Two years after Burhan Wani, India losing control over Kashmir

Two years after the popular rebel commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian government forces in the disputed Kashmir region, the Kashmir Valley has changed in many ways – from the rise in violence... More

India’s top Army officer to lead team to Beijing for talks

A top Indian military commander is set to lead a delegation to China next month for talks to improve ties and control differences that can cause conflict along the 3,488-km Line of Actual Control... More

India building new frontline airbase near border with Pakistan

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun constructing a ‘forward’ airbase in the western Indian state of Gujarat to counter a similar facility located across the border in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. Official sources told Jane’s... More

Minorities under Modi

Ever since the Pro-Hindu Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014 in India by a record land-slide victory under the command of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, surveys, both national as well as... More

Plans for India’s second indigenous aircraft carrier continue to stall

The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) longstanding plan to build and commission its second indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-2) into service by 2030–32 has been further postponed due to steadily declining budgets, technological hurdles, and, above all,... More

In a first, China gets Indian and Pakistani troops to war-game together

The armies of India, Pakistan and China are set to rendezvous by the banks of a “beautiful, colourful lake” in Russia next month for a unique wargame. India has picked a contingent of about 200... More

Violence up in Kashmir as more youths join militants

Violence has spiked in the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir, with more than 170 deaths so far in 2018, amid fears that strife will worsen further ahead of national elections next year. A new United Nations... More

India will lose ‘special privileges’ if it buys crude from S. Arabia,...

Iran will end “special privileges” for India if New Delhi tried to replace Iranian crude with supplies from Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United States, said a senior Iranian diplomat in New Delhi on... More

SAARC in coma, China throws another challenging regional initiative

In an event not much publicised in India, China, on 15 June, launched the ‘First China-South Asia Cooperation Forum’ (CSACF) in Yunnan Province. It was also attended by the Indian Consul-General in Guangzhou, Sailas... More

India’s new ‘Modi doctrine’ straddles the US-China divide

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's diplomatic strategy has been clear from the outset of his term: deepen ties with the U.S. and Japan while openly showing suspicion of China. The game plan has changed. Military watchers... More

Mob lynchings of innocents fueled by fake news

On Friday, June 8, two young men from Guwahati, Assam, Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) both working in the Bollywood music industry, were on holiday back home and decided to visit Kangthilangso,... More

Bangladesh should liberalise import rules, demands Tripura CM

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday, demanded that Bangladesh should liberalise its import rules so that the products from Tripura could be easily exported to the neighbouring country. “There are barriers in... More

Indian Air Force losing fighter jets faster than they can be bought

The first stage of a lengthy procurement process for fighter jets ends Friday for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The force is desperately short of fighters, with its squadron strength depleting faster than planes... More

Is India shifting the goalposts in Indo-Pacific debate?

India’s participation in the ongoing Indo-Pacific debate and its decision to join the revived Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the US, Japan, India and Australia) have raised concerns in the corridors of power in Moscow, Beijing... More


India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... 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... 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... 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... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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... More