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Will the US withdraw from Afghanistan?


In recent days, Afghanistan has experienced some hopeful moments. A three-day Taliban ceasefire to coincide with the Eid holiday resulted in an unprecedented respite from a war that has ravaged the nation for nearly... More

Geo-strategic isolation won’t help India


According to Indian mainstream media, India did not endorse the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Chinese-led Belt and Road Initiative in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit statement (Qingdao declaration), although all... More

 Is monk Gnanasara’s jailing a sign of Sri Lankan enlightenment?


Just before being hauled off to jail, the seemingly untouchable firebrand monk – clad in a brilliant saffron robe – wanted to get in the last word. “I have done my duty towards the country,”... More

Is China bringing peace to Afghanistan?


On June 9, the Taliban ordered its fighters to “stop offensive operations against Afghan forces for the first three days of Eid-al-Fitr” this week. Its announcement came just days after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani... More

Assam’s NRC may discriminate against Bengali Muslims, warn UN officials


In a letter to India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, four United Nations special rapporteurs have taken note of the “increased anxieties and concerns among the Bengali Muslim minority of Assam” generated by the... More

Far from being angry at BJP, Kashmiris are happy to see PDP...


The talk of the BJP withdrawing support to the PDP started as a rumour in Kashmir, which was largely shrugged off. Nobody could imagine even in their wildest dreams that it would be the... More

Bangaldesh: Between big brothers China and India


“India should not be worried about Bangladesh’s close ties with China; the cooperation is meant only for development,” reassured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while speaking to a visiting delegation of Indian journalists recently. Statements... More

A China-India-Pakistan trilateral: Both a red herring and wake-up call


At an event earlier this week organized at the initiative of the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, China’s envoy, Amb. Luo Zhaohui noting that India and Pakistan had become full member of the Shanghai... More

Saffron terror: Muslims attacked and killed in India


Just days after two Muslim men were beaten to death on suspicion of cattle theft in Jharkhand, social media users in India reacted with outrage at the news of a Muslim farmer, who was... More

Shifting power equations & geopolitical uncertainties in South Asia


The South Asian region has been witnessing uncertain geopolitical dynamics around sore trouble areas like Afghanistan, Kashmir, shifting American and Russian relations with India and Pakistan and enhanced Chinese footprint with Pakistani and other... More

Ending alliance with PDP may not help BJP in 2019


The saffron party ended up winning 182 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in 1998 as well as in 1999 – four months after the famous Kargil victory. Also, the euphoria created after the... More

India is losing the plot in the Maldives, New Delhi’s self-goals &...


Having small neighbours can be bothersome. Just ask India. It is frequently challenged by them, and it almost always flunks the test. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and now the Maldives. India’s strategic self-goals in... More

India’s response to UN’s Kashmir report is distasteful, erroneous


When the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released its first-ever report on Kashmir on June 14, India went into fierce denial. Its Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) released a... More

Why Afghan peace negotiations are imminent


On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made the surprising announcement of a ceasefire with the Taliban, to be effective from June 12-19. It was a bold decision but fraught with risk. It was... More

Rakhine Advisory Commission stands by recommendations after review


Myanmar government’s Advisory Commission on Rakhine State has determined that the recommendations it made 10 months ago to settle communal tensions in the restive region, just before the outbreak of the latest round of... More

Xi sells Seychelles on the seashore as Modi’s foreign policy lies in...


Xi sells Seychelles on the seashore. This twist on a familiar tongue twister doesn’t precisely describe how India’s jump to international military power status was thwarted, but isn’t entirely inaccurate. Back in 2011, China... More

Balancing diplomacy in best interest of Nepal


Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's ongoing visit to China, his first after re-election, has been underscored as important by the two countries. This has caught India's attention. Oli's visit could be historic, promoting... More

Election year debacle: Modi government’s key economic advisor quits


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced on Wednesday that Subramanian, a former economist at the International Monetary Fund, would return to the US for family-related reasons. "He (Arvind Subramanian) informed me that he would like to... More

Bangladesh’s so-called war on drugs is merely a cover for an extrajudicial...


Bangladesh is currently in the midst of a war against drugs, championed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and distinguished members of her Awami League party. The campaign started after talks between Hasina and her... More

Modi’s India loses sight of the neighborhood


Last week, Dennis Faure, President of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles, announced the cancellation of an agreement with India, under which the Indian government was to build a military facility for the... More

Oli’s visit to China to regain momentum in Nepal-China ties, balance India’s...


Land-locked Nepal is keen to enhance cross-border rail-road connectivity, infrastructure development, trade and tourism cooperation with China under its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli has said. Oli is in... More

COLUMN

Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... More

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READER'S VIEW

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