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Is Beijing worried about Chinese investment and trade environment in India?


It seems China is becoming increasingly worried about the trade environment and existing Chinese investment in India. With tensions in the political and strategic relationship between these two countries as well as India’s new policy and various... More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent


Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against Rohingyas following the October attack on a Rakhine border post and later... More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too


West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now objecting to the Ganges Barrage Project proposed by Bangladesh. Recently in a letter to the Indian government, West Bengal... More

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh to be 2nd, 15th & 23rd largest economies by...


IMF predicts that world economy will be centered on Asia by the year 2050, shifting from North America, Western Europe and Japan. And three large countries of South Asia- India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - are primed to... More
Afghanistan peace

Russia to host 6-nation conference on Afghan peace


Russia is set to host a six-nation conference this month to discuss the Afghanistan peace process. Arch rivals Pakistan and India have also been invited, along with China, Afghanistan and Iran. This initiative is being viewed as an... More

New CEC triggers old controversy


Speculations about the political and election scenario in Bangladesh are drawing to a close with the restructure of the Election Commission. President Abdul Hamid on Monday night formed the new Election Commission with former bureaucrat Nurul Huda... More

Turmoil in India’s Northeast again as Nagaland erupts


Violent protests have forced the government in India’s Nagaland state to cancel elections to ten town councils in an unprecedented gesture to placate angry tribesmen upset with reservation of seats for women. The Nagaland government declared as null... More

Lanka re-negotiating Hambantota port deal with China

Welcome or not, it does look like the Chinese are here to stay, at least in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. In the port and the envisaged industrial zone, to be precise, it’s been about brickbats or bouquets. More accurately, there’s been quite a lot of brickbats these... More

Strategic equations block solution to Rohingya crisis


The Rohingya crisis is one of the most widely discussed issues in the world right now. A population of more than three million Rohingyas, the majority of whom lived in Myanmar’s southern state Rakhine for generations spanning... More

Can BD’s economy base ensure sustainable development?


In recent years Bangladesh economy has been enjoying an upper-mid growth rate, but it is doubtful whether this development will be sustainable for a long term. The government has fixed a target of 7.2 percent growth rate... More

Trump administration for aggressive policy on Pakistan?


The Trump administration is showing glimpses of a possible hardline policy against Pakistan. After Trump hinted at his stern attitude about Pakistan in a recent interview with ABC news, the White House has officially stated that Pakistan... More

India giving military contract to local private companies


For the first time India is delegating major military contract to domestic private companies. This is being considered a major shift in India's defense policy. This will be different from the usual practice of giving pricey order... More

New Delhi waiting for Trumps policy on Afghanistan


Afghanistan has been one of the most uncertain issues since Donald Trump assumed US president’s office. This is the country where U.S. is engaged in a war for the longest time, having invested billions of dollars. Even... More

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 was postponed indefinitely,... 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 major decisions, are... 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 competition between the... 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 nearly 2 billion... 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 Delhi to push... 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 Hindu on Thursday.... 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 Colombo. The deal, formerly... 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. This issue has... More

COLUMN

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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