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Politics of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor


After many false starts beginning way back in 1999, the governments of India and Pakistan are finally on to performing “ground-breaking” ceremonies for the construction of the “Kartarpur Corridor” linking the Dera Baba Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in... More

India’s ruling party back to temple politics ahead of 2019 elections


It appears that the Indian government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has completed four and a half years of its term, is facing signs of opposition to its effort to stay in power in... More

Pakistan optimistic about dialogue resumption with India


Pakistan is optimistic that India will soon return to the talks table as Prime Minster Imran Khan prepares to lay the foundation stone of Kartarpura corridor tomorrow (November 28), officials said. Senior government officials told The Nation that... More

Pakistan’s economy could be down to the last drop due to impending...


According to a report filed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), titled “Regional Risks for Doing Business”, a water crisis was listed as the top risk among five faced by Pakistan’s economy. This was followed by other... More

India is losing the natural gas race to China


Coal as the primary fuel in both China and India is a reality that will not change anytime soon. But these giants have committed to using more natural gas, a cleaner fuel that is quickly becoming the... More

India, Maldives set to hold defence dialogue in December, President Solih to...


Maldives president Ibrahim Solih is all set to visit New Delhi on December 17. Keeping in line with the island nation’s India First policy, this is likely to be Solih’s first international trip after he was sworn... More

How Pakistan outsmarted India using soft diplomacy?


Gurdwara Punja Sahib echoed with religious slogans of Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh on Sunday morning as pilgrims from across the world poured into the third most sacred place of Sikh religion... More

India’s inactive approach to border infrastructure continues


On November 19, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced a blueprint for construction of strategic roads and permanent integrated buildings along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China in the states of Arunachal... More

China reaching deeper and deeper into Nepal


“The Night Train to Kathmandu”, a 1988 surrealistic American movie set against the backdrop of the Himalayas, mixed fantasy and reality as a young woman traveled from India to the Nepalese capital in search of a non-existent... More

Afghanistan considers delaying presidential election


Election officials in Afghanistan are considering delaying next year’s presidential election by several months, amid disarray in counting votes from last month’s parliamentary balloting. Holding presidential elections by April 20 was previously one of international donors’ red lines... More

Bhutan govt. plans to align Plan period with electoral cycle


Even as the 12th Plan is being finalised, the government is planning to align Five-Year Plan cycles with each government’s term so that the electoral cycle does not affect development activities. In an interview with Kuensel, foreign minister... More

New Maldives regime will tread cautiously in foreign affairs


The newly elected Ibrahim Mohamed Solih government in the Maldives is likely to tread cautiously in foreign affairs particularly vis-à-vis India and China, even though foreign media is consistently portraying the regime change as one signaling the... More

Why the 2019 election may be the most crucial in India’s history


In April-May next year an estimated 900 million Indians will be heading to the polls to elect their next parliament. In the 70-odd years since India's independence, this will likely be the first election that seriously challenges... More

What’s in a name? For India’s Muslims, a lot of hurt


Indians have often demanded that the countries to which they have migrated should, after a suitable period, grant them citizenship. If a government refuses to do so, they become angry. It’s my right, my children were born... More

Booze Ban shows Myanmar economy largely off limits to foreigners


In a small and musty liquor store in downtown Yangon, a stock boy reaches behind rows of cheap Myanmar-made whisky and grabs a bottle of Jack Daniels. “If we know who you are then we will sell it... More

Beijing redefines and recalibrates ties with Asia


When Professor Yan Xuetong, a leading strategic thinker in China and dean of the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University, told the media last month that China is seeing its best strategic opportunity since the Cold... More

Pro-Indian BLA: Ethno-nationalist insurgents or terrorists?


The ethnonational terrorist group Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed the responsibility for the attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi. In a post on Twitter, the official page of BLA said,” Fidayeen of BLA attacked the Chinese... More

After building spree, just how much does the Maldives owe China?

One week after taking power, the new government of the Maldives says it has no idea how much it owes China, which has led a construction spree in the tiny Indian Ocean nation, but fears the debts... More

Kartarpur Corridor: A new hope for peace


Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay the foundation stone of Kartarpur corridor on November 28, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi confirmed on Thursday. India also has seemingly accepted the proposal by approving development on the Indian side. In... More

NRC: Foreign tribunals, border forces “pressured” to declare people as ‘foreigners’, finds...


Amnesty International has found disturbing “political pressure” on Assam’s security forces and the Foreigners’ Tribunal was widespread, with clear instructions from authorities to meet the “targets.” Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has hit out at the Narendra Modi... More

Border resolution main focus of 21st Indo-China meet on Friday

National security advisor Ajit Doval leaves for the city of Chengdu in South-west China on Thursday for the 21st round of Special Representative Dialogues between India and China on boundary resolution. He will discuss strategic issues with state... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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