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BJP’s divisive politics in northeast will have dangerous effects


Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and newly elected Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal during Sonowal's swearing-in ceremony in Guwahati on May 24, 2016. Photo: AFP/Biju Boro “Winter of discontent,” wrote one person from the northeast Indian state... More

The fire in Assam


People in many parts of Northeast India, especially Assam, have spoken loudly against the citizenship amendment bill through widespread public protests. But there is strong support for the bill in certain Bengali-speaking clusters — notably the state... More

India risks becoming a Hindu Pakistan


India is, and has been since independence in 1947, a liberal secular democracy. Its first generation of leaders resolutely refused to accept the argument of Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, that the Hindus and the Muslims of... More

Regional parties form anti-BJP tie-up in Uttar Pradesh


The events around India’s fast approaching election took an interesting turn on Saturday when arch-rivals and major outfits of national stature – Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) – announced an alliance. They resolved to... More

China’s ‘underground steel wall’ nuclear shelters could stop hypersonic missiles


An octogenarian scientist who received China’s top science and technology award this month has said that the “underground steel great wall” created by him for missile bases located under mountains could withstand attacks from nuclear and hypersonic... More

Bangladesh-India bilateral talks next month in Delhi


Bangladesh and India will hold the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks in the first week of February, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights. The meeting – 5th Joint Consultative Commission... More

Indian Army develops armed quadcopter


The Indian Army (IA) has unveiled what it described as an armed quadcopter prototype to partially meet its operational requirements along the disputed borders with China and Pakistan. Designed by two army soldiers and displayed at the Army... More

How far will Modi govt’s pre-poll sops and gimmicks take it in...


The BJP is on the edge and its leadership knows, for the first time in Narendra Modi’s tenure as prime minister, that the party is in trouble barely two-and-a-half months before the country goes into election mode.... More

Citizenship Bill plunges Assam into political uncertainty ahead of LS polls


The Asom Gana Parishad’s (AGP) withdrawal of support BJP-led government in Assam last week in protest against the Bill has triggered political uncertainty and fuelled speculations about new political equations. The BJP on Sunday played down an offer... More

SC judge, who voted to remove Alok Verma, declines govt offer to...


Supreme Court judge AK Sikri, whose vote helped decide CBI chief Alok Verma's removal from the top post, has turned down a post-retirement offer from the government. He has also communicated to the centre that he isn't... More

India’s Rahul Gandhi vows to reform sales tax, seek investment as poll...


India's main opposition Congress party will simplify the goods and services tax (GST) and take "rational economic decisions" to attract foreign investment if voted back to power in a general election due by May, its leader Rahul... More

India to construct 44 strategic roads along borders with China, Pakistan


India will construct 44 strategic roads along the border with China and over 2100 km of axial and lateral roads in Punjab and Rajasthan, abutting Pakistan, a CPWD document shows. According to an annual report (2018-19) prepared, and... More

Two Indian opposition parties unite to challenge PM Narendra Modi


A formidable opposition, a coalition of the regional Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), has been announced by the leaders of the two parties to challenge Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the general... More

Bezbaruah withdraws his consent to head panel on Assam Accord


Former Tourism Secretary M.P. Bezbaruah, who was named to head a High Level Committee on how to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord, has withdrawn his consent to head the committee. A source confirmed to The Hindu... More

Cybersecurity experts lament Chinese companies’ growing toehold in India


The growing involvement of Chinese tech companies in the Indian market has been flagged as a major ‘national security’ concern by cybersecurity experts, who say India is the “primary target” of Chinese hackers working in the People’s... More

Trump attaches great importance to US-India ties: New Indian envoy


In the annals of Indo-US relations, it might have been the fastest draw and a good measure of the warmth in ties. India’s new envoy, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, presented his credentials to US President Donald Trump on Friday,... More

The new citizenship bill and the Hinduisation of India


On January 8, India's lower house of parliament approved a bill that would grant residency and citizenship rights to undocumented non-Muslim immigrants, sparking protests in the country's northeast. The protests took place mainly More

India slaps cases against critics of plan to grant citizenship to non-Muslims


Indian police on Friday said they are investigating an academic, a journalist and a peasant leader for possible sedition for publicly opposing a proposal to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from neighboring Muslim-majority countries. Critics have called the proposal... More

Indian Navy tests indigenous air-droppable containers for logistics support


The containers, domestically developed by the country’s defence research body, could drastically improve ships' deployment duration on missions. In what may provide a major boost to India's operational logistic capability in the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Navy... More

‘I Sacrificed Something Very Dear to Me for Kashmir’: Shah Faesal


On January 9, Dr Shah Faesal, who topped the 2010 civil service examinations and worked as an IAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir, resigned from the civil services to protest the “unabated killings in Kashmir” and the... More

China deploying Xian H-6K bomber against India


China is believed to be deploying its frontline Xian H-6K bomber against India in the aftermath of the face-off between the two militaries in Doklam in 2017. The Xian H-6K is the backbone of the People’s Liberation Army... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... 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

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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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