New Indian navy ships to monitor China in Indian Ocean

India’s Ministry of Defense has awarded a contract worth about US$350 million for the construction of four survey vessels for the country’s navy, Russian website Sputnik News reported on October 31. In the past couple of years, India... More


Alimuddin Ansari, a van driver, knew the risks. Smuggling beef in India, where the slaughter of cows is illegal in some states, is dangerous work, and Ansari eventually attracted the notice of Hindu extremists in Jharkhand. One hot... More

US agrees to grant India waiver from Iran sanctions

The US has broadly agreed to grant India a waiver from Iran sanctions, which would allow Indian oil companies to continue to import about 1.25 million tonnes of oil a month till March from Tehran, sources familiar... More

Assam NRC: SC extends deadline to December 15, allows 5 additional documents

The Supreme Court Thursday extended the deadline for filing claims and objections of people whose names were not included in the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) to December 15 and also allowed claimants to rely... More

Coming Soon: China’s Navy could eventually have six aircraft carriers

China's first homemade aircraft carrier left her home port of Dalian for her third sea trial on Oct. 28, 2018. The Type 001A flattop could commission into frontline service as early as 2019, according to the U.S.... More

India to add more firepower to Soviet era M-46 field guns

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the upgrading of the Indian Army's Soviet-era 130 mm/52 caliber M-46 field guns to the 155 mm/45 caliber model. The upgrade works, estimated to cost about $ 28 million, will... More

A statue of unity in a nation increasingly disunited

On October 31, when Narendra Modi inaugurated the massive ‘Statue of Unity’, he was fulfilling at least one promise of his government. On many other fronts, this government has floundered and failed – neither has black money... More

Russia inked S-400 deal with India in rubles, says deputy PM

The contract on supplying Russia’s S-400 missile systems to India has been signed in rubles, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. "The contract has been signed in rubles," Borisov said. Earlier reports said Russia would switch... More

Israeli company to outfit Indian Navy, Army after $1.3 billion in defense...

Israel Aerospace Industries announced two deals worth a total of $1.3 billion with India between Oct. 24 and 29. One deal will see IAI outfit the Indian Army with the Sky Capture air defense system, a contract... More

Training jets assembled in India using inferior engines, recent audit says

Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect the “quality of the aircraft”, a recent audit... More

Why Northeast matters for India-Japan collaboration in Indo-Pacific

With India's northeastern region being a pivot area of New Delhi's Act East Policy, its importance again came into focus during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's annual bilateral summit with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on... More

Statehood sought for Assam’s Barak Valley

A students’ organisation has advocated statehood for southern Assam’s Barak Valley because of a “sharp division” between linguistic groups created by the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Barak Valley comprising three districts — Cachar,... More

India has world’s largest statue, but satisfying Modi’s ego still a tall...

More than 5,000 police personnel guarded the world’s tallest statue as local people threatened protests – including a campaign of letters written in blood – ahead of its inauguration by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. The... More

India, Russia, Iran to meet on North-South Corridor on November 23

India, Russia and Iran will hold a trilateral meeting on the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC) on November 23 to make the 7,200-km-long ship, road, and rail route operational soon, an official statement said on Monday. Union... More

India’s inadequate justifications and Pakistan’s Statement on Indian Purchase of S-400 Missiles

The S-400 deal has almost been concluded between Moscow and New Delhi which was signed in late 2016. The most important thing to know about the S-400 is that it is the air defence system designed to... More

Mamata lashes out at BJP over NRC deaths in Assam, says those...

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday has once again expressed her angst over the NRC-related suicides in Assam. While addressing an administrative review meeting in Cooch Behar district, which shares its borders with Assam, Banerjee said,... More

Gloves off: India’s ruling party underlines Hindu ambitions as elections near

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party has been turning up the heat on some controversial and potentially highly divisive religious issues in recent days, with crucial state elections only weeks away and a general... More

India, Japan in $75bn currency swap pact, will start ‘2+2’ talks

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his fifth summit with his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, India and Japan concluded a $75-billion bilateral currency swap agreement, a move intended to bring greater stability to the rupee and capital... More

Fear of Deportation Drives Some Rohingya Refugees from India

India's recent deportation of seven Rohingya men to Myanmar has triggered a panic among the country’s Rohingya Muslim refugee community. Since the seven men were deported in the past three weeks, many Rohingya refugees have gone underground in... More

Pakistani film-maker wins award in India, denied visa to collect it

Tensions between Pakistan and India have always been rife. However, more often than not, the citizens from both the countries don’t hold any grudges against each other. And when it comes to applying for a visa to... More

Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects

Japan and India agreed Monday to upgrade diplomatic and military ties, with Tokyo also offering low-interest loans as the two countries seek closer ties to balance China’s weight in the region. The plans were announced as India’s Prime... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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