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Political opponents held in secret detention:HRW


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

Why is China hitting India where it hurts most?


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

West Bengal riot: WB’s constitutional head of state and administrative chief clash

Serious conflict has emerged between the constitutional head of India’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 rules out compromise with India on Sikkim standoff, says onus on...


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 “grave situation”, PTI reported. China’s Ambassador to... More

Unrest in Tamil polity may jeopardize demands of Tamils


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

Indian to deploy indigenous military helicopters to Chinese border


As the war of words between India and China intensifies, the action in the border area is likely to get even more heated.  In a move to strengthen border security along the eastern border,... More

Like India, China also different from 1962: Beijing threatens New Delhi with...


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

No provision for interim government in Bangladesh constitution


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

BD SC scraps parliament’s power to impeach judges


The Bangladesh  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. A... More

India, Israel and Palestine: A triangle that does not sum up


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

Contrasting reactions to Modi’s US visit


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

Concerns abound as India rolls out GST


India's goods and services tax (GST) starts on Saturday  - 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

India’s Modi to sleep in Trump’s bed in Israel


After the big bear hug that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave US President Donald Trump in Washington this week, the news is that he will be the next occupant of Trump’s bed –... More

India to construct world’s highest railway line


Surpassing China’s Qinghai-Tiber railway line, India is now preparing to construct the world’s highest ever railway line. The defence ministry and the railway ministry have jointly undertaken the task of constructing the railway line... More

A saga of an arrest, a bail and a fundamental rights petition


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

Trump triumphs over Modi in Washington talks


Despite holding hands and giving bear hugs three times publicly to show exceptional closeness, India’s pushy Prime Minister Narendra Modi got precious little from US President Donald Trump in his talks with the latter... More

In Shanghai Eight


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?  India and Pakistan formally became members of... More

Madhesis ignore call to boycott Nepal local elections


The Madhesis, a people of recent Indian origin who had sworn that they would boycott the second phase of the Nepalese local body elections on June 28, ended up participating in them as voters... More

Indian Presidential Election: Dalit vs Dalit


Ever since the BJP named Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president, the Congress and other opposition political parties have been trying to come up with a Dalit... More

No respite for Kashmir as killings continue unabated


Violence continues unabated in India’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 President polls: BJP’s masterstroke


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

COLUMN

150 hrs to a new dawn?

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

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft...

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

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

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

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