The exit of US from the UNHRC and Lankan war time allegations

Last week local media reports were rife on what transpired during a courtesy call by outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, on former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Sunday. Keshap reportedly warned... More

Sri Lanka: Hornet’s nest sting begins as corruption charges fly against coalition...

Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL), who is son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. Barely a few weeks ago, President Maithripala Sirisena lamented about the infamous Sri Lanka Central Bank bond scam... More

Lankan saga of political fears, affiliations and detractions

Sri Lanka is in the throes of subtle and overt political maneuvers that may decide the political game-plan for the 2020 Presidential elections and indicate the future of Lankan politics for some years to... More

The sorrow of being President Sirisena

In a latest display ofisolation and resentment President Maithripala Sirisena mid last week lashed out at his former supporters after barging in uninvited to an event that was to commemorate a pro democracy campaigning... More

Sri Lanka: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa dons garb of economic saviour, eyes Presidency

There is little doubt that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and who held the post of Defence Secretary is now making an early preparation to contest the 2020 Presidential elections. His Viyath... More

Bhutan: Coming out of India’s shadow

Bhutan and India are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties this year. The foreign ministers of the two countries formally launched the yearlong celebrations in New Delhi on February 21. The Indo-Bhutan relation is often... More

Take Rohingya issue to ICC, House of Commons panel tells UK government  

The House of Commons’ committee on International Development has said in its report that the persecution of the Rohingyas by Myanmar should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report recommended that the... More

Nepal’s Left Unity float between the political seas of India and China

On Friday (May 18), two influential Communist leaders, K. P. Oli, the current Prime Minister, who assumed office in February 2018 and heading the Unified Marxist–Leninist (UML) Party and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, heading the... More

Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru

Journalists in Bangladesh might as well adopt the the names of the ‘three wise monkeys’ – Mizaru, who covers his eyes; Kikazaru who covers his ears; and Iwazaru, who covers his mouth. Given the proposed... More

Political ambition vs Political confusion

With the main coalition partner in the ruling coalition, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), struggling for survival, the future of the Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena (also chairman of the... More

Nepal’s Left merger: A long shot?

On April 22, Nepal's fragmented communist movement completed 68 years. The movement has traversed through rough patches haltingly, suffering multiple splits mostly over tactical lines. Whether to follow politics of weapons or organizepeoples movement... More

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... 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


Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More


India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... More

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to RSS

I must confess to having felt queasy when I heard that our former Rashtrapati, Pranab Mukherjee, a man I much admire, was likely to accept an invitation from the RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, to attend the convocation of Sangh Parivaar volunteers trained for three years in becoming pracharaks. I was not queasy about what... More



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