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50pc Indians disapprove of Modi’s Pakistan policies, Pew survey finds


A Pew survey published recently on Indian attitudes shows that nearly half of respondents across the border do not approve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies concerning Pakistan. The survey aims to shed light... More

In battle of attrition, Army losing many of its men


With the latest incident, 89 personnel, including several officers, have been ‘killed in action’ in Jammu and Kashmir this year. The dramatic increase in number of casualties among security force personnel in Kashmir is deeply... More

President Erdogan’s Visit: Implications for Pakistan


On a two-day visit to Pakistan last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of the Parliament for the first time since parts of the Turkish military unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow... More

Rohingya cries as Suu Kyi remains silent


“Oh brothers look, look at this” narrator says as he takes pictures of a burned house. The bodies were clearly visible midst of ash and mud. This is one the few disturbing videos that... More

Indian by-elections: ruling parties retain with Modi relieved, Mamata  rejoicing  


With uproar running high over wiping out of 86 percent Indian money, parliamentary and assembly by-election results are out for several important states. Ruling party candidates of those states won these elections. Prime Minister... More

Unfolding of new Bangladesh-India security agreement  


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to India will mark the beginning of a new framework for a security agreement between two countries. To finalize the initial concept of this agreement, Indian Defense... More

Myanmar’s major challenge is Electricity, demand Predicted to Double By 2020


The electricity sector is a major focal point in Myanmar now.  After Suu Key government came to power they are focusing on employment and growth of the economy. One of the major barriers to... More

India preparing to upgrade offensive forces


India, the largest country in South Asia, has always been alert about its  own military defense. Although this was one of the architect nations in the neutral alliance during cold war, India always maintained... More

Why India wiped out 86% of its cash overnight


On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave only four hours' notice that virtually all the cash in the world's seventh-largest economy would be effectively worthless. The Indian government likes to use the technical term... More

Russia’s Potential Impact Over South Asian Balance of Power


 How much impact would Russia have over the ongoing tension between the south Asian countries is under assessment once more. During the long cold war, Soviet Union was India’s strategic ally. On the other... More

How India strengthens its relationship with China


China wants to take steps to improve its relations with India. Beijing is also interested in reducing the diplomatic gap between these two neighboring countries.  Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and China State... More

How much Bangladesh foreign policy inching towards a balanced state?


Is Bangladesh looking for a new track of foreign relationship? Some of the recent events are being analyzed in the light of this question. Along with India, Bangladesh played a vital role in boycotting... More

SAARC satellite likely to miss December deadline


  New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious South Asian satellite project, announced two years ago, is likely to miss the December deadline as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch GSLV Mark III... More

Rising housing in-equality major challenge for South Asia


The in-equality in housing facilities of South Asia has been a major challenge for recent years. While urbanization should offer the prospect of a better life, many urban dwellers end up living in slums,... More

India provokes China by inviting US Ambassador to visit Tawang


New Delhi: India is asserting its sovereignty in the Tawang region, claimed by China, through aggressive diplomacy. After sending invite to 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, Arunachal Pradesh welcomed US’ top diplomat in India... More

SAARC Minus X


  India and four other countries pulled out of the 19th summit of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which was to be held in Islamabad in November. This was a fallout of the deadly attack... More

Upgraded ties usher in new era for China-Bangladesh cooperation


South Asia Staff Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 14, 2016. CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Saturday completed a two-day state visit to Bangladesh, during which the... More

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Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms

Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political reform are in the pipeline: the plans mark a return to the... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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