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India’s North-East: Another Kashmir


Many fear that another Kashmir is in the making in North-East (NE) India. In the last few years, a series of disturbing developments in NE have created a genuine apprehension in the minds of citizens and political... More

India to go to polls from April 11; tension with Pakistan seen...


India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on April 11, the election commission said on Sunday, in what will be the world’s biggest democratic exercise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from... More

Indian Army decides to send more youths to the frontline


The Indian Army will send nearly 230 young officers from the headquarters in Delhi to units and field formations deployed at the frontline, as part of a move to improve its fighting capabilities and address a shortage... More

In India, a search for ‘traitors’ after conflict with Pakistan

The first time Sandeep Wathar received a message on Facebook from a total stranger calling him a traitor, he was amused. When dozens more followed, he knew something was wrong. After India and Pakistan nearly went to war... More

How rage and love gripped India after the Kashmir terror attack


A young suicide bomber carrying 350kg of explosives rammed his car into an armed convoy on February 14 in Kashmir, killing 44 Indian paramilitary soldiers. The attack spurred a surge of collective grief in India, as people... More

‘Like Yangtze and Ganga’, China sees ties with India forging ahead


China on Friday called on India and Pakistan to move on from the crisis triggered by the Pulwama terror attack last month and to work towards a “long-term improvement” in bilateral ties through dialogue. The suggestion, made by... More

Indian Air Force lost seven warplanes since beginning of 2019


A MiG-21 Bison belonging to the Indian Air Force crashed in Shobhasar Ki Dhani in Bikaner in the north Indian state of Rajasthan on Friday. No casualties were sustained as the pilot managed to eject safely. This was... More

India may prosecute newspaper under secrets act over Rafale documents


India’s top lawyer told the Supreme Court on Wednesday it may file a criminal case against The Hindu newspaper under India’s Official Secrets Act for publishing “stolen” government documents about a deal to buy 36 Rafale jets... More

India looks to revive production of anti-aircraft guns


India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) is looking to revive the anti-aircraft guns production at its facility in West Bengal. It has also received demand for production of ‘some items’ in the wake of India’s escalating border tension... More

New Delhi’s muscular approach to Kashmir reflects its policy paralysis


This has hollowed out public discourse on nationalism and deeply polarised Indian society along communal lines. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had warned about the disaster that the Narendra Modi-led regime would inflict with its Hindutva brand... More

India under Modi: From policy paralysis to chaos


The gross domestic product (GDP) estimates released by India on February 28 present a stark challenge to the Narendra Modi government’s self-congratulatory narrative. GDP growth slowed consistently, from 8% in the first quarter of the year (April-June), to... More

Low turnout at election rally should worry BJP


With the crowds that once eagerly attended and cheered Narendra Modi’s every rally no longer so keen to turn up, the Indian Prime Minister’s battle for a second term in office may be in trouble. Modi’s Sunday rally... More

Indian opposition attacks Modi over alleged political use of armed forces


Indian opposition parties are launching a united attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what they see as his politicization of the armed forces as he tries to ride a patriotic wave into a second term in... More

Trump’s new tariff plan puts New Delhi-Washington strategic relations to test


US President Donald Trump plans to end preferential trade treatment for India, saying the Indian government "has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the market of India." Although the world... More

India to equip Su-30MKIs with Israeli high-precision bombs


India is currently working on equipping Russian-developed Su-30MKI jets with Israeli SPICE-2000 GPS-guided bombs, which were earlier used by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in an airstrike against an alleged Jaish-e Mohammad camp in Pakistan at the... More

Modi’s politicization of security could backfire


India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making every effort possible to turn the forthcoming general election into a ballot on national security. The Narendra Modi-led BJP is leaving no stone unturned to exploit the Indian Air... More

How the ICJ could resolve the Kashmir conflict


The world has averted an all-out war over Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but probably not for long, judging by the past. For a few days last week, it appeared as if the two nuclear nations were... More

It’s MiG-21 versus the F-16 over Kashmir


Can an old MiG-21 aircraft destroy a more modern F-16? Yes, in fact an Indian pilot flying a version of the MiG-21 called Bison allegedly shot down a Pakistani F-16 using a Russian R-73 Vympel air to... More

India is Trump’s next target in the trade wars

After months of simmering trade tensions between the United States and India, President Trump is following through on his threat to punish India for being what he called “a very high-tariff nation.” On Monday, Trump notified Congress that... More

Tanneries shut in India’s UP state, business shifts to West Bengal and...


The government of India's UP state shutdown order on leather tanneries in Kanpur and Unnao since the beginning of Kumbh three months ago to cap pollution in the Ganga, has dealt a double blow to industry in... More

After India loses dogfight to Pakistan, questions arise about its ‘vintage’ military


It was an inauspicious moment for a military the United States is banking on to help keep an expanding China in check. An Indian Air Force pilot found himself in a dogfight last week with a warplane from... More

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Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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