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Court Upholds Sentence for New Delhi Men Convicted of Gang Rape


On Friday the death sentences of four men convicted of raping, torturing and killing a young woman in New Dehli in 2012 was upheld by India’s highest court. The men brutally attacked the 23-year-old... More

China can work on RCEP Deal without India, says private think tank


According to the report of a Beijing-Based private think tank China can work with Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement without India. China’s Global Times referenced the report saying that although Japan is trying... More

Justice Karnan declines medical examination


Justice CS Karnan on Thursday declined to undergo medical examination ordered by the Supreme Court. A four-member medical team from a government hospital in Kolkata reached Justice Karnan’s home in New Town in Kolkata... More

Gujarat riots trial: India’s court convicts police, doctors in gang rape case


An Indian court on Thursday convicted five police officers and two doctors of tampering with evidence in the gang rape of a pregnant woman and the murder of her family during one of the... More

Military not getting its due share: Indian Army chief on Defence spending


A national military strategy and a security framework will be finalised very soon to effectively deal with security challenges facing the nation, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday. In an address at... More

India should focus on regional strength, not be unnerved by China


Chinese media suggests that India should focus on regional strength and not on conspiracy theories.  The State backed Chinese newspaper “Global Times” in a report published on  (3rd May 2017) asked India to shed... More

Indian village bans girls from using mobile phone


Village elders in the India’s Uttar Pradesh have prohibited women and girls from using mobile phones in an attempt to restrict their contacts with men and plans hefty fines for violators, said police. The elders’... More

Situation in Kashmir never scarier: RAW’s former chief


A former head of India’s external spy agency RAW believes that the situation in India-held Kashmir was never scarier, not even in the 1990s when armed resistance was at its peak, the Indian Express... More

India Upset With Iran Over Gas-field, Retaliates Quickly


Amid a row with Tehran over a natural gas field, India is cutting by as much as 25 per cent how much Iranian crude oil it buys, according to news agency Reuters. India had warned... More

Mahmoud Abbas’s visit to India: balancing act between Israel and Palestine


India will seek to elevate its ties with Palestine that would include a possible security related arrangement during the visit of President Mahmoud Abbas, in what would reflect the Narendra Modi-led government's diplomatic balancing... More

Controversy centering a Kolkata judge


In its unprecedented legal battle revolving around the controversial Calcutta High Court judge, the Supreme Court said on Monday that Justice C S Karnan will be medically examined by government doctors. The medical examination of... More

Why does Modi want to meet Trump so soon?

Within six days of Donald Trump becoming US president, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi phoned him to say that India was America’s true friend. Later White House issued a statement inviting Modi to visit America... More

India’s space diplomacy and the South Asian satellite

Even since coming to power, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has placed importance on relations with the neighbours. In 2014 he called upon the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to take up a space... More

India draws red line on Kashmir to Erdogan: Bilateral, about terror


A day after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan advocated a “multilateral dialogue” to settle the Jammu and Kashmir question, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that both sides have agreed to work together... More

India’s ‘priceless gift’ South Asia Satellite to be launched on May 5


The South Asia Satellite will be launched on May 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday, describing it as India's "priceless gift" to its neighbours as part of the 'sabka sath, sabka vikas'... More

Joint Statement on Hasina’s India Visit: Bangladesh calls its own system discriminatory to India


Bangladesh has called one of its own systems discriminatory towards India in the joint the statement issued on 8 April by Bangladesh and India during prime minister’s state visit to India. However it was not... More

IAF asked to be ready for ‘wars’ with Pakistan, China


In keeping with changing military needs, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been asked by its chief to maintain a state of combat readiness for a possible 10-day war with Pakistan. The force has... More

Kashmir’s new face of protests: Teen schoolgirls on the streets


The girls are back to school. But during the past week, a gender barrier was broken in Kashmir valley. No one is celebrating it though. For the first time, scores of schoolgirls in their... More

The house that still divides India and Pakistan


The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition India has the chance seventy years later to bring... More

Supreme Court asks for negotiation in Kashmir: Central Government remains rigid


  The Kashmir issue has become the talk of the country, from the Supreme Court of India to the political arena. On Friday, the Indian Supreme Court urged Kashmiri protesters and the government to take... More

Calcutta HC  judge ‘bans’ travel of 7 SC judges including CJI


Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan on Friday deferred the hearing of his case against seven Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice of India J.S. Kehar, who had issued a contempt order against him. Justice... More

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Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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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