Bangladesh security agencies have secretly detained scores of opposition activists many of whom have later been killed, an international rights group said Thursday.
Amid heightened political tensions, the Human Rights Watch report was released only... More
The stand-off between India and China over the border between the two countries in the Bhutan-Sikkim-Tibet section, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday with an official Chinese organ Global Times calling upon... More
Serious conflict has emerged between the constitutional head of Indiaâ€™s West Bengal state, Governor Kesharinath Tripathi, and its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The governor is holding the chief minister accountable for the communal clashes... More
China on Tuesday ruled out any compromise with India over the border standoff in the Sikkim sector, instead putting the onus on New Delhi to resolve the â€œgrave situationâ€, PTI reported. Chinaâ€™s Ambassador to... More
The divide in Tamil nationalist politics that was apparent in the last weeks following a no confidence motion that was going to be moved by a section of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) against... More
The Chinese foreign ministry today dismissed Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks that India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, saying China too is different and will take "all necessary... More
The constitution of Bangladesh has no provision for an interim government. After the fifteenth amendment, only the prime minister has the authority to decide on how the government is to be during the elections,... More
The Bangladesh Â parliament has lost its authority to impeach any apex court judge as the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a previous High Court verdict and declared illegal the 16th amendment of the constitution.
It is the 50th year of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It has been 50 years since Israel annexed the Palestinian territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip following the Six Day... More
For those Indians who were looking to Modi to sort out the woes of the country's IT industry, the prime minister's visit to Washington and his much-trumpeted meeting with Donald Trump was a damp... More
India's goods and services tax (GST) starts on Saturday Â - the biggest tax reform since its independence from colonial rule, but many businesses feel the implementation has been rushed and, for some, the new... More
Surpassing Chinaâ€™s Qinghai-Tiber railway line, India is now preparing to construct the worldâ€™s highest ever railway line. The defence ministry and the railway ministry have jointly undertaken the task of constructing the railway line... More
Arrested and released on bail in quick succession, following his surrender to the Courts after weeks of evading the law on several charges including racial and religious based hate speech, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)... More
Despite holding hands and giving bear hugs three times publicly to show exceptional closeness, Indiaâ€™s pushy Prime Minister Narendra Modi got precious little from US President Donald Trump in his talks with the latter... More
India, along with Pakistan, becomes a full-fledged member of the SCO, an umbrella organisation to promote cooperation in trade and counterterrorism efforts. Will it join OBOR next?
Â India and Pakistan formally became members of... More
Ever since the BJP named Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the National Democratic Allianceâ€™s candidate for president, the Congress and other opposition political parties have been trying to come up with a Dalit... More
Violence continues unabated in Indiaâ€™s only Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state as armed clashes between militants and government forces refuse to cease even during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The Latest,... More
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have delivered a political masterstroke in choosing Ram Nath Kovind as the party's candidate for the next Presidential polls in the country.
Kovind is a... More
Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon who counts the vote. Even more importantly, it is about who gets to collate it. With rigging/tampering with ballot and ballot boxes fairly widespread in... More
Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines.
Dr. Nagao told this correspondent in an email... More
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
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
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
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.
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
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”.
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
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