Hindu BJP battles Christian hostility in Nagaland & Meghalaya polls

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with its ‘Hindu – Hindutva’ ideology faces an uphill battle in two of the three Christian-majority states of the country which go to the polls on Tuesday (Feb 27). The states are... More

ITBP men to learn Chinese to enhance security management skills

When it comes to security of the country's borders, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) wants to leave no stone unturned and has now geared up to even break the language barrier with their Chinese counterparts. With this aim,... More

What is Rustom 2 drone?

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully completed the test flight of its Rustom 2 drone at the Aeronautical Test Range. Rustom 2 is part of the Rustom line of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that includes Rustom-I,... More

Mending fences with China gets started

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale has hit the road running, as it were. There isn’t going to be a time lag following his predecessor’s permanent retirement from the South Block before the much-needed abandonment of the China policies... More

Elections in India’s north-east highlight the BJP’s political savvy

“Preserve our tradition and culture,” reads the sign at the front of the community hall in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. It is written in the raspy, clacking language of the local Khasi people, which is... More

Indian foreign secretary visits China to put ties back on track

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale’s recent visit to Beijing was a low-key affair but it did reflect that India and China were attempting to mend ties and gingerly move forward after last year’s military standoff at Doklam. Gokhale’s... More

If Modi believes the Palestine-Israel tangle can be solved peacefully, why not...

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has claimed that his organisation can raise a combat force in three days whereas it’ll take the Indian army about six to seven months to prepare for a war. What can be... More

Time to think ahead on India’s Nepal ties

The shift in the Indian policy toward Nepal during the most recent months has been an extraordinary turnaround. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made three telephone calls in the recent period to the newly elected communist leadership of... More

India-US trade feud reaches critical turn, casts shadow on newfound bonhomie

US businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi's move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated differences over trade. Ford,... More

PLA equips ground unit along Indian border with US army-style combat gear

China has equipped a branch of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) deployed along the Indian border with a powerful US-style integrated individual soldier combat system to prepare for a future "informatised warfare", a media report has said. Informatised... More

Assam is heading to be India’s Rakhine

Even as millions of people in India’s north-eastern Assam state wait nervously to know whether they are citizens or foreigners, the country’s Army Chief has lobbed a political grenade by stating that immigration from Bangladesh was planned... More

British defence industry body ADS Group quits India

Even as New Delhi and London talk up the importance of their “strategic partnership” and exchange top-level political visits, the UK defence industry is thinning out from India. Business Standard learns UK defence industry body ADS Group (the... More

Delhi’s ‘lost’ Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi reopened on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India’s sprawling and smog-choked capital. The 90-acre garden was formally opened by the... More

Army chief’s remark stokes political row in India

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has sparked a political row with his remarks that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the support of Muslims,... More

India media uses fake news to drive a wedge between China and...

Pakistan's senate on Tuesday (Feb 20) denied that the country will include Mandarin as an official language, saying the country is merely encouraging the learning of the language to further its cooperation with China. The Senate of Pakistan... More

Bangladesh fears exodus of Bengalis from Assam

The ongoing process of compiling the National Register of Citizens in Assam may trigger an exodus of Bengalis and create one more Rohingya-like refugee crisis for Bangladesh, senior officials of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government said. Addressing visiting... More

India, China, Nepal should step up interaction for win-win outcomes: Beijing

India, China and Nepal should step up "sound interaction for win-win outcomes", Beijing on Thursday (Feb 22) said as it congratulated the new Nepalese government headed by K P Oli. After winning the recent parliamentary elections, Oli, widely... More

India’s drone crashes into farmer’s field during trial

A video has emerged that shows a small drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle that crashed during a trial in a farmer's field near Chitradurga in Karnataka, about 200 km from Bengaluru. The drone belongs to the... More

‘Deeply dismayed’ over extension of Emergency in Maldives: India

India on Wednesday said it was "deeply dismayed" by the extension of Emergency in neighbouring Maldives by 30 days. It also expressed concern over the "manner" in which the extension was approved by the island nation's Majlis (Parliament)... More

A PIL rekindles debate on Indian Army’s role in furtherance of caste

A public interest litigation (PIL) filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court has reignited a particularly vexed debate about a fiercely defended tradition of one of the country's most hallowed institutions. A 19-year-old college student in Gurgaon, Saurav... More

China wanted to split India, Bhutan through Doklam: Shivshankar Menon

China's political goal was to "split" India and Bhutan over the Doklam standoff, India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said on Wednesday while appreciating the way the government handled the issue. Menon, who was NSA between 2010... 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

‘Syndrome 2020’ unleashes a new bid to change the constitution

Myanmar’spro-democracy forces have launched a new bid to change the country’s constitution. With some 18 months left before the 2020 elections, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) has initiated a process in parliament it hopes will amend the military-drafted constitution and give the party an important campaigning issue. It is the latest evidence that the country has been plunged into “Syndrome 2020” in the lead up to the... 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