Pre-dawn blaze destroys Delhi’s only camp for Rohingya refugees

Around 3.15 am on Sunday (APR 15), someone banged on Mohammed Zafar’s door. The 35-year-old autorickshaw driver put on a vest and opened the tin door of his shanty to find his neighbours Shakir... More

US adds India to currency watch list with China

The US Treasury added India to its watch list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies, joining China and four others, according to a report issued Friday (Apr 13). Treasury said the "monitoring list"... More

Guilty must be held accountable: UN chief on Kathua rape

United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has termed the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua a "horrific" incident and asked Indian authorities to ensure that the guilty are... More

Indian Navy’s Drone crashes in Gujarat

An unmanned Remotely Piloted Aircraft (Drone) of Indian Navy crashed in Gujarat on Saturday (Apr 14). The accident happened about 25 kms from Porbandar. No casualties or damage to property caused by the crash,... More

India’s NSA meets China’s top foreign office bureaucrat

India's National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Friday met China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi, a member of the political bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and director of... More

Modi’s silence on Kathua and Unnao has got everyone talking

Amid the growing clamour over the rapes in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, one voice has been notably absent: that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old... More

Russia, India to hold talks on building missile frigates

India is considering building Russian Project 11356 frigates at one of its shipyards and the corresponding talks are underway, Deputy Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov said on... More

Whither ill-starred SAARC?

News from New Delhi has it that India is dropping broad hints of its intention to ‘sabotage’ the already postponed Saarc summit in Islamabad. It may be recalled that the summit scheduled to be... More

China reaches out to West Bengal and Eastern India

In recent years, a number of Indian states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, have been pro-actively reaching out to Chinese provinces with an eye on attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). The India-China... More

Kashmir problem can be sorted through talks, not gun: J&K DGP

Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P Vaid on Thursday said that the gun is not the solution to Kashmir problem, and the problem can only be sorted out through talks, including with Pakistan. The... More

India, China hold disarmament dialogue including Delhi’s NSG membership

India and China on Tuesday held a key dialogue on non-proliferation and disarmament as Delhi is understood to have reiterated to the Chinese side its non-proliferation credentials ahead of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)... More

Ukraine offers maintenance for Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier Vikramaditya

In an attempt to carve a bigger space for its defense industry, Ukraine has offered maintenance to the Indian Navy's aircraft carrier Vikramaditya and will jointly produce gas turbine engines with the world's largest... More

Pact for maiden India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project inked

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has inked a pact for its maiden international project, part of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway. India, Thailand and Myanmar are working on the about 1,400... More

Boeing joins hands with HAL, Mahindra for manufacturing Super Hornet jets

Eyeing the mega Indian Air Force (IAF) contract for 110 fighter jets, Boeing on Thursday announced a partnership with PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra Defence Systems (MDS) for manufacturing the F/A-18 Super... More

An update on the federalist debate in India

In recent days, numerous leaders in India’s South have spoken in one voice against the 15th Finance Commission — arguing that it is unfair to South Indian states. The bone of contention... More

Will not allow Centre to grant citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus: AGP chief

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), an alliance partner of the BJP-led Assam government, on Thursday (Apr 12) said it would not allow the central government to grant citizenships to Hindu Bangladeshis. Addressing a... More

CPEC can build bridges between India, Pakistan through economic cooperation

On the controversial topic of Beijing's strategic intent toward the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project in the Belt and Road (B&R) initiative, those most qualified to evaluate the impact and realities of... More

Cross-border clashes in Kashmir reach highest levels in 15 years as Indo-Pakistan...

Cross-border clashes between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan in Kashmir have reached the highest levels in 15 years, figures from both sides show, with hundreds killed or wounded and no solution in... More

Adivasis, Dalits, Muslims die earlier than other communities in India

At 43 years, the mean age of death for adivasis (scheduled tribes or STs) was the lowest, meaning they were more likely to die before other Indians, according to a new paper. Apart from adivasis,... More

India’s NSA to travel to Russia to boost ties with Moscow

India’s national security adviser Ajit Doval will travel to Russia later this week in a bid to reassure Moscow that the ties between the two countries are important to India and that... More

First smart fence along Bangladesh border in Assam is now operational

The first 'smart fence' pilot project to plug vulnerable gaps along India's borders has been rolled out in Assam on a riverine stretch with Bangladesh, the Border Security Force chief said. The project... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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