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Farooq Abdullah: Wake up India, talk to Pakistan or lose Kashmir


National Conference chief and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the state by-elections from Srinagar, said that the violence and loss of lives during the bypolls in... More

‘India cannot ignore our rights to Teesta water’


Prominent Bangladeshi hydrology expert Dr Ainun Nishat sits down with the Dhaka Tribune to discuss the much-talked-about issue of sharing Teesta water between Bangladesh and India. Excerpts: Q: As we have learnt, the Teesta Water... More

Separate council for Muslims if North and East re-merged


Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Daily Mirror speaks about the aspirations of Muslims in Constitution making and the current crisis of his party. Minister Hakeem, who is... More

‘Hasina’s visit will add a new chapter to Indo-Bangla relationship’


Private power producers such as Adani Power and Reliance Power have robust investment plans for Bangladesh’s energy sector, India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla told Business Line in an interview prior to... More

Choice of Adityanath is risky, says Walter Andersen


The recent Assembly elections in five Indian States have established the  pre-eminence of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the country’s polity. Nistula Hebbar spoke to Professor Walter Andersen, Director of the... More

U.S. and China cannot avoid security competition…


Sebastian Rosato, an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science and Director of the Notre Dame International Security Program, famously theorized that the United States and China are on a... More

In new book, a side of Aurangzeb India is not familiar with


Not something we are used to reading about the Mughal emperor, but historian Audrey Truschke has a distinct take on the most hated of Babur’s successors. In her book, “The Life and Legacy of... More

OBOR important to enhance connectivity, integration: Jin Liqun


The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) started its operation as a new multilateral financial institution on January 16 last year. Its president Jin Liqun is in Kathmandu to attend Nepal Investment Summit as a... More

If two young leaders come together, people’s hopes will rise: Akhilesh Yadav


After seven public meetings on Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, 43, has a bit of hoarse throat. That, however, doesn’t deter him from taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bahujan Samaj... More

Former LTTE commander Karuna says his new party will welcome Sinhalese and...

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, the former LTTE  Commander for Batticaloa and Amparai, who this week formed a new party, Tamizhar Aikkiya Suthanthira Munnani (Tamil United Freedom Front)  says the purpose of his party... More

Demonitisation shaved off Rs2.25 lakh crore from GDP: Chidambaram


Former Finance Minister in the UPA government of India, P. Chidambaram has come out with a new book, ‘Fearless in Opposition’, at a time when his home State of Tamil Nadu is going through... More

A strong organization behind U Ko Ni murder


Strategic consultant and Burma expert Bertil Lintner has known U Ko Ni by name for a long time, ever since he became acquainted with the network of NLD lawyers that U Ko Ni belonged... More

Bangladesh must live up to its image as an emerging South Asian Tiger:...


On the verge of celebrating its silver jubilee as an independent nation, Bangladesh has seen many changes, reached milestones in reducing poverty, improving healthcare and education, and empowering of women. A feather in Bangladesh’s cap... More

Serious job losses are taking place in India:Amartya Sen


More than two months after the demonetization, Nobel Laureate and economist Amartya Sen says that any proper “economic reasoning could not have sensibly led to such a ham-handed policy.” He predicts that the demonetization... More

The real danger is when both India and China conclude Nepal is...


The Director of Center for South Asian Studies, Nischalnath Pandey presented his views on China’s perceived assertiveness in Nepal, on Nepal-India ties and on Nepal’s foreign policy priorities. Q: There have been many speculations regarding the... More

‘Trump will likely take on China, continue good ties with India’:David Rothkopf


With 10 days to go for the swearing-in ceremony for the US’s new President Donald Trump, The Hindu asked foreign policy expert David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor of portal FP.com on what is expected... More

India’s policy shift reflects improvement in ties: Israel envoy


Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says his government appreciates India’s stand, and a favourable “shift in position” at the UN in the past two years. Q: 2017 marks 25 years since India and Israel... More

‘The NLD-Dominated Parliament Has Not Thought About Federalism in Advance’


Myanmar media The Irrawaddy’s HtetNaing Zaw recently sat down with U OoHla Saw, an outspoken Lower House lawmaker representing Arakan State’s MraukU, to outline his perspective as an Arakan National Party (ANP)Central Executive Committee... More

India-U.S. interests are aligned in Bangladesh: Marcia Bernicat


The U.S. is not concerned about China’s growing economic role in Bangladesh as infrastructure development is a “good thing”, the U.S. Ambassador in Dhaka, Marcia Stephans Bloom Bernicat, has said. Bernicat, who recently visited... More

India, China, Japan must work together for economic cooperation in Asia


In a recent interview given to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka answered questions relating to many key local, regional and international issues   Q: Prime Minister,... More

If demonetisation fails, Modi will be destroyed. H.D. Devegowda, former Prime...


  The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda spoke to the Hindu, a leading newspaper of India,  on the impact of demonetisation and the evolving political situation. TH: In a recent speech, you compared the Emergency... More

COLUMN

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