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

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 one hand, and... 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 Brahmaputra. India's current... 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 this and now... 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 by 2021. Economic... 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 take place.  There... 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 deaf ear to... 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 as the next... More
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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 suffered a heart... 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 demonization issue. BJP... 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’’. This would have... 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 the hold. The... 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 envoy to Myanmar,... 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 Bangladesh has so... More

India’s regional linking plan being derailed

Bhutan has put a hurdle in India’s ambitious road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal after its Parliament refused to ratify the deal. Experts doubt Chinese hand in persuading the legislators to withhold approval. Bhutan, the... More

India presses Bangladesh to sign Chittagong & Mongla port deals

Bangladesh is to sign an agreement allowing the use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for the movement of transit goods to and from India. Officials from both sides agreed to the issue at a shipping secretary-level meeting in Dhaka... More

India, Israel take ties to a new high

India and Israel are further strengthening their strategic relations, as indicated by recent developments. After Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s weeklong visit to India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to visit Israel in 2017. Modi visited... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump

It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially the Tamil minority who have been... More


Ways in which China is drawing Nepal into its embrace

There is an apocryphal story that theNepalese believe that they have two elder brothers – the first, an interfering, censorial and patronizing one, namely India, and the second, a non-interfering, benign and respectful one, namely China. The dichotomy mentioned above isbut a product of history. New Delhi,covertly, and sometimes overtly, claims a patron-client relationship with Nepalimagining itself to be the successor to the British Raj. But China,on the other hand, has... More

Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More



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