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Will initiatives to revitalize SAARC succeed?  


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

2017, a challenging year of BJP, India


Donald Trump’s various initiatives after taking over as US president, China’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

India desperate to keep China away from Indian Ocean


Two news items published this month in the South Asian media –the presence of Chinese nuclear submarine at Pakistan’s Karachi port and the US-India information sharing on Chinese subs movement – highlighted the growing... More

Russia’s new opportunity in South Asia


With apprehension rising high that a 'Pakistan-India war just one terrorist attack away’, no initiative to bring the two South Asian arch rival to the negotiating table so far is visible. The region with... More

China wants India to make RCEP real


India’s cooperation, rather than barriers to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, will boost the country’s economic stamina and extend the supply chain in Asia, instilling new vigor in regional growth. Urging New... More

Indian Army Chief’s comment about “Cold Start” Doctrine sparks controversy


Recent remarks by India’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

New strain in Indo-Lank relations over ETCA


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 for a separate state for Rohingyas


Demand of separate state for Myanmar’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

Strategic polarization evident in SA


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 nixes tripartite talks on Brahmaputra


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-China military drill worries Delhi


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

Bangladesh struggles to leave the LDC bracket


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.  The government projected Bangladesh to be a middle-income country... More

Bangladesh’s election enigma


The election enigma deepens in Bangladesh’s political scenario. The government’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 Lanka’s new constitution and the long shadow of Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’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

Controversy over India’s top security appointments 


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
Choudhuri body, Notebandi

Modi’s notebandi narrative is a washout


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

Rahul Hard On Modi


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

Postponement of Hasina’s India visit sparks off speculations


After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another “mutually convenient date’’.... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in... More

India-built Myanmar seaport ready to open


The deep seaport built in Myanmar’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

PM’s postponed India visit: The story behind


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

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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

Writing on the Wall

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

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

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

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

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