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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand SAARC


When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making... More

Political confusion and parliament proroguing in Lanka


First it was the marriage, then it was the falling out and now it is on the verge of divorce. The above is an apt description of the current state of the Sri Lankan... More

Bhutanese dilemma: To be or not to be with India


The Bhutanese are in a dilemma: Should they continue to be tied to India economically and in the conduct of foreign policy or should they be independent in every way as a sovereign country... More

How the No Confidence Motion on the Lankan PM is now reflected...


Three days after the drama of the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena who almost wanted his PM’s head on a platter called resignation is now singing a... More

Inconsistency is the hallmark of Modi’s China policy


India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be a lot of grandstanding meant to catch the TV viewers’ eyes. But it is without substance as the policies are mostly unrealistic, and... More

Lankan political Hara Kiri and the looming No Confidence Motion on PM


The No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsingheis to be taken up for debate and voting in Parliament on April 4. It is clear that whether the NCM is defeated or not,... More

Central Asia’s growing concerns over Afghanistan


While the US used the recently held ‘Tashkent Conference’ on Afghanistan to reiterate its support for direct talks between the (US backed)Afghan regime and the Taliban, an offer that the Taliban have already rejected,... More

Congress-led India will be in “friendly competition” with China, says Rahul


China was the only country whichRahul Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress (INC), mentioned in his concluding speech at the 84th, plenary session of the party in New Delhi last Saturday. And even... More

Aftermath of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka: Striving for sanity after madness

Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique... More

Media’s pernicious role in exacerbating Sino-Indian relations


Sino-Indian relations have been none too good for more than half a century now, and the main reasons for that are well known. But what is not so well known is the role of... More

Kandy looks towards re-instating peace


Almost complete normalcy had returned Saturday to the tourist district of Kandy with Muslim owned shops re-opening after being shuttered down since March 4 following communal violence mainly in the Digana area near the... More

How the BJP broke the Hindutva barrier in India’s Christian North East


What is remarkable about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hat trick in the recent State Assembly elections in India’s North East is not that itsucceeded in throwing the Congress and the Communists out of power,... More

Lanka moves forward to criminalize enforced disappearances


In the backdrop of the Sri Lankan government appointing Commissioners for the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to spearhead the task of looking into the issue of ‘missing persons’ in the three-decade long war... More

Climbing out of Pakistan’s FATF debacle


Last week’s developments with regard to Pakistan’s role in the global ‘war on terror’ have exposed how the general expectation of Pakistan’s anti-terror policies have already gone beyond the normal expectation of simply implementing... More

Hindu BJP battles Christian hostility in Nagaland & Meghalaya polls


India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with its ‘Hindu – Hindutva’ ideology faces an uphill battle in two of the three Christian-majority states of the country which go to the polls on Tuesday (Feb... More

Sri Lanka’s political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region


The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.And it is bound to have... More

Assam is heading to be India’s Rakhine


Even as millions of people in India’s north-eastern Assam state wait nervously to know whether they are citizens or foreigners, the country’s Army Chief has lobbed a political grenade by stating that immigration from... More

Lonely in Darkness: Kashmir’s pellet victims develop depression signs


In midst winter’s dumb and dim nature, 15-year-old Ifra Shakour sits quietly in her house situated in Pulwama, the southern region of India’s only Muslim majority state- Kashmir. She turns pale, downcast and shuddering as she... More

Meghalaya Polls: Christians, beef and women in India’s Home of the Clouds


Its head in the clouds, India’s tiny, colorful, Christian-majoritytribal state of Meghalaya is preparing to elect a new 60-member legislative assembly onFebruary 27. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is in power in Delhi... More

Former Prez. Rajapaksa demand snap polls, UNP demands forming government


Following the landslide victory of his new party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), at the local government election held on February 10, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday demanded that the SLFP-UNP alliance government... More

Fear rules polls in India’s Christian Nagaland State


Elections to the 60-member state legislative assembly are scheduled for February 27. Under pressure from insurgent groups, a collection of tribal and civil society organizations had forced political parties to announce on January 29... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

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

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