US reviewing India’s Chabahar port development, says US official

The Trump administration, which is determined to impose fresh set of sanctions on Iran and countries and entities engaged in business with Tehran, is currently reviewing India’s development of the strategically important Chabahar port in the Islamic... More

Diplomats’ reshuffle on cards, envoy to Dhaka tipped for US

The government of India is planning a rash of changes in its envoys to a number of key world capitals, with high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Shringla tipped to be the next ambassador to the US, replacing... More

US to support efforts for Pak-India talks

The United States will be “very supportive” if conditions are created for productive talks between India and Pakistan, says senior US diplomat Alice G. Wells. Ms Wells, who heads the bureau for South and Central Asian affairs at... More

India plans AI for military but network-centric warfare capacity is stymied

In 2017, China called for the nation to become “the world’s primary artificial-intelligence innovation center” by 2030, by which time, it forecast, the country’s AI industry could be worth US$150 billion. Hence China is investing heavily in... More

Extending AFSPA in Assam is a bad move in a terrible situation

On August 29, the government of the northeast Indian state of Assam issued a notification declaring the entire state a “disturbed area” and extending the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 up to six months... More

Why a Hindu Nepal is drifting away from India towards communist China?

The trilateral relations between India, China and Nepal is getting complex as Kathmandu continues to please Beijing and ignore Delhi. Nepal will hold a second defence exercise under Sagarmatha Friendship-2 with China from September 17 to 28... More

India, Iran and Afghanistan hold first tripartite meeting in Kabul

India, Iran and Afghanistan held their first tripartite meeting in Kabul on Tuesday during which implementation of the Chabahar port project and a host of other issues were discussed, officials said. The Indian delegation was led by Foreign... More

Is India next big aircraft carrier power or paper tiger?

As IHS Jane’s pointed out, INS Vikramaditya was supposed to be supplemented this year or next by India’s first indigenously built aircraft carrier. Not surprisingly, this has been pushed back considerably. On August 2, India’s domestically built Tejas... More

No blanket waiver for India-Russia defence trade: US Official

The Trump Administration continues to have conversations with India on its mega military deal to purchase S-400 missile defence system from Russia, a senior US official said, noting that no decision has been made yet on American... More

BJP’s Ram Madhav says those excluded from Assam citizens’ list to be...

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said Monday people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country, while chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal suggested that the NRC be... More

Modi is leaving India unprepared for a world made by Trump and...

There seems to be no end to the crises that India is experiencing now, in both the domestic and foreign spheres. The rupee is in free fall, fuel prices are up and there is widespread joblessness. New... More

Indo-US joint military drill in Uttarakhand from September 16

As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2018" will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand's Chaubattia from September 16-29, a spokesman of the Central Command... More

India joins elite club possessing air-to-air fighter jet refueling capability

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully completed air-to-air refueling in actual terms on the domestically built fighter aircraft Tejas MK1 with an IL-78 MKI tanker. India's state-owned aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) announced that Tejas... More

In India’s tribal-dominated NE, caste poses fresh challenge

If the idea of minority is central to democracy, the principle of equality is critical to the Constitution of India. Inherent in that principle of equality are the provisions for reservation of appointments or posts and affirmative-action... More

White America & Hindu India: A marriage of convenience?

Wednesday’s short visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph F. Dunford to Pakistan was a pit stop to reconnoiter the political turf in Pakistan. In... More

Too close for comfort? On the India-US 2+2 meeting

The India-US 2+2 meeting on September 6 between the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries appeared to be a singularly one-sided affair. Washington was calling the shots, and New Delhi was trying to wriggle out... More

India-Bhutan border to be laser-mapped along Assam to check terrorist presence 

It has been reported that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given its approval to a plan to undertake laser based aerial mapping of the India-Bhutan border along Assam. It is understood that laser based aerial... More

Pakistan, India join US-Egypt military exercise as observers

A team from Pakistan is attending the Egyptian-US joint military exercise known as the "Bright Star" at a military base in Alexandria, Egyptian media reported. The military exercises include land, naval and air forces from Egypt, the United... More

Indian Army is worried now that men can legally have sex with...

The Supreme Court judgment decriminalising homosexuality is said to have got the military brass worried over what it exactly means for Indian soldiers. Also, there is confusion, or a lack of consensus, among military law experts whether the... More

Has flood warning turned the tide in China-India relations?

What a difference a year can make in China-India relations. Last year, China was blamed for a flood in northeastern India. This year, it is being praised for helping to minimise the damage. The early warning China issued... More

BJP has decided to use Assam as its key to 2019

Don't ask me to tell you a story about Rwanda. Wikipedia would tell you more than me. You might not even need me to tell you stories about the great massacre of Nellie 35 years ago. It's part... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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