Across the aisle: No jobs, no credit growth, no private investments

Between the gathering storm on the India-Pakistan border and the massive disruption to the economy, Saturday, November 26, passed almost unnoticed. The day marked the exact mid-point of the tenure of the government led... More

Indian cinemas must play national anthem

India's Supreme Court yesterday made it mandatory for all cinemas across the country to play the national anthem before any movie screening and also directed that people should show honor and respect when the... More

7 Soldiers Killed In Terror Attack On Army Base Near Jammu

Seven soldiers, including two officers, were killed in a huge terror attack on Tuesday at an army base near Jammu in the town of Nagrota, just 20 kilometres from the border with Pakistan. A... More

50pc Indians disapprove of Modi’s Pakistan policies, Pew survey finds

A Pew survey published recently on Indian attitudes shows that nearly half of respondents across the border do not approve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies concerning Pakistan. The survey aims to shed light... More

In battle of attrition, Army losing many of its men

With the latest incident, 89 personnel, including several officers, have been ‘killed in action’ in Jammu and Kashmir this year. The dramatic increase in number of casualties among security force personnel in Kashmir is deeply... More

Indian Defense Minister Visiting Dhaka To Impede China Influence?

India’s defense minister and one of Narendra Modi’s most reliable person Manohar Parrikar is set for a two-day visit to Dhaka on Wednesday. During the visit, he will meet with the President, the Prime... More

PM Modi Was Among 22 Targets Of Arrested Al Qaeda...

  Three people arrested Monday in Madurai in Tamil Nadu were planning to attack 22 top political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The arrests were made by the National Investigation Agency, the country's top counter-terror... More

Khalistan Leader Harminder Singh Mintoo Arrested After Fleeing From Nabha Jail

Chief of the Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo, who escaped from Nabha Central Jail in Patiala on Sunday, was arrested in Delhi on Monday, ANI reported. He was caught in a joint... More

More bad news for Modi

Economists across the globe have brought more bad news for Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, at a time when all political parties in the opposition benches stand unitedly against the Modi’s ‘war... More

Is India Serious About Water-War? 

India's prime minister Narendra Modi once again strongly hinted about a water-war against Pakistan. By obstructing the water flow of common rivers, will he retract from the 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank between two countries? Or is this just a ploy... More

India rupee ban: Ex-PM Manmohan Singh rubbishes Modi crackdown

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has rubbished the government's move to ban two major currency notes, calling it "monumental mismanagement". Mr Singh, the architect of economic reforms in the 1990s, said GDP would fall... More

What’s India going to do with 23b worthless banknotes?

When the rest of the world rings in the New Year, India's central bank will be grappling with a unique situation: how to deal with more than 23 billion worthless banknotes. Stacked one on top... More

Opposition Unites To Pay Modi In Same Coin

Battle-lines have been drawn. The future is clear. Demonetisation has created a new fault line between the treasury benches and the opposition. There has never been any empathetic moment between thetwo, but Modi 's... More

Attacks on LoC, 11 Civilians, 3 Pak and 7 Indian troops killed

Eleven civilians were killed and seven more injured when Indian forces targeted an ambulance and a passenger bus near the Dhudnial town in Neelum Valley along the Line of Control (LoC) on Wednesday, claims... More

India meets China in finance

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the $100 billion China-led multilateral lender, set up in December 2015 with the membership of 57 countries is the second major Asian initiative after the Asian Development Bank... More

Indian by-elections: ruling parties retain with Modi relieved, Mamata  rejoicing  

With uproar running high over wiping out of 86 percent Indian money, parliamentary and assembly by-election results are out for several important states. Ruling party candidates of those states won these elections. Prime Minister... More

India overtakes Pakistan in defense-spending battle

In the race for acquiring influence over the two neighbors- Pakistan and China, India, the biggest country in South Asia, continues to increase its stock of military hardware in the land and the sea,... More

Demonetising notes or demonising cash?

I am obliged to return to the subject of ‘Old Notes for New’ because the hardship and suffering of the people continue. It is now clear that the decision to demonetise notes of Rs... More

Trump met 3 Indian real estate developers: Conflict Of Interest?

US President-elect Donald Trump's meeting with Indian businessmen has fed a controversy in the US over conflict of interest after the billionaire's election and raised concerns over whether he can separate his presidency from... More

India’s NSG entry seems remote

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led a huge diplomatic effort round the year to enroll  Delhi in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG). They met Chinese President Xi... More

Race to occupy sky: China overpowers India

Question is raised on the India’s capability in the race, in the twenty-first century, among big powers for speeding influence in the sky. The question is taken forward by the country’s Space Research magazine... 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