The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to be active again as almost all member countries retract from their position to replace SAARC with a new regional organization. After Islamabad conference... More
Donald Trumpâ€™s various initiatives after taking over as US president, Chinaâ€™s pro-active foreign policy and strict security strategy, the dwindling spirit of nationalism in internal politics and, on top of everything, the backlash from... More
Two news items published this month in the South Asian media â€“the presence of Chinese nuclear submarine at Pakistanâ€™s Karachi port and the US-India information sharing on Chinese subs movement â€“ highlighted the growing... More
With apprehension rising high that a 'Pakistan-India war just one terrorist attack awayâ€™, no initiative to bring the two South Asian arch rival to the negotiating table so far is visible. The region with... More
Indiaâ€™s cooperation, rather than barriers to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, will boost the countryâ€™s economic stamina and extend the supply chain in Asia, instilling new vigor in regional growth. Urging New... More
Recent remarks by Indiaâ€™s new army chief General Bipin Rawat have raised questions if the country has revived its controversial "Cold Start" Doctrine for any future standoff with Pakistan, leading analysts wrote in The... More
Long-standing apprehensions about a hitch in relations between India and Sri Lanka over the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) have become a reality after official meetings held on 4 and 5 January in... More
Demand of separate state for Myanmarâ€™s Rohingya Muslims, one of the most tortured ethnic group in world, is growing stronger by the day. The ethnic cleansing against Rohingyas since October is consolidating this demand.... More
Sharp strategic polarization among major powers with South Asia at the center is about to emerge after certain developments this week in the region. Talks in Moscow between Russia, China and Pakistan on the... More
New Delhi is not interested in tripartite negotiations on the Brahmaputra water-sharing issue. First and foremost, they are seeking to resolve the issue of Zangmu Dam that China plans to build upstream of the... More
Nepal's first joint military exercise with China is making their large neighbor India increasingly anxious. Officially Nepal and China are yet to admit the news of joint military exercise, but Indian media is highlighting... More
The latest United Nations report stated that Bangladesh will be able to make its transition from the Least Developed Country or LDC list by 2024.Â The government projected Bangladesh to be a middle-income country... More
The election enigma deepens in Bangladeshâ€™s political scenario. The governmentâ€™s moves hints at an election in the near future. However, opposition parties cannot be fully certain as to whether an early election will actually... More
Sri Lankaâ€™s new constitution-making process remains embroiled in an enigmatic muddle where it is caught between sentiments of Tamil politicians, the central government, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has turned a... More
India's opposition Congress has attacked the ruling BJP for 'violating' the seniority rule in appointing the country's new army chief.
Three senior lieutenant generals were superseded when the government decided to appoint Lt-Gen Bipin Rawat... More
The death of Kallol Roy Choudhuri,45, in an ATM queue and his dead body lying unattended by thousands desperate to get cash will be the lingering image of Narendra Modi's notebandi. The government employee... More
Just a few days earlier, in a parliamentary speech, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he had information on Modi, which will create Tsunami if it gets exposed. He said this while criticizing Modi on... More
After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh Â Prime Minister Sheikh Hasinaâ€™s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another â€œmutually convenient dateâ€™â€™.... More
Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the countryâ€™s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in... More
The deep seaport built in Myanmarâ€™s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. The strategically important facility will start its operation formally next month, Vikram Misri, the Indian... More
Speculations run high over the abrupt postponement of the three-day bilateral visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. There is also contradictory information over the new schedule of the visit. Neither India nor... 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
Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... 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
Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... 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