Elections to the 60-member state legislative assembly are scheduled for February 27. Under pressure from insurgent groups, a collection of tribal and civil society organizations had forced political parties to announce on January 29... More
By cold shouldering the Maldivian governmentâ€™s effort to send a Special Envoy to New Delhi to explain the circumstances which led to the declaration of a State of Emergency and the arrests that followed... More
Bangladeshâ€™s proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) has sections which could be used by both the State and private individuals to throttle the freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution.
The vaguely worded and all-encompassing draft... More
In the 2017 World Press Freedom rankings, India, touted by the US as the â€œWorldâ€™s Largest Democracyâ€, was placed 136th among 180 countries, a dismal ranking in the 67th year of the existence of... More
Six weeks have passed since elections to the Nepalese provincial assemblies and the federal parliament were held. The Left Alliance registered a thumping win in the federal parliament polls and had won six out... More
Work on creating a National Register of Citizens (NRC) to weed out â€œillegal immigrantsâ€ from Bangladesh in Assam is in progress under the guidance of the Supreme Court of India. With it, a major... More
Deeply concerned about China flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, and its expansionist moves in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Japan has become diplomatically active in the region in... More
Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who has been drawing intense flak from the opposition and the Western powers for allegedly flouting democratic norms and fostering Islamic radicalism, is hoping to win the September 2018 Presidential... More
The airport of Kathmandu has gone through the mill of change in recent years as with much of Nepal, politics or otherwise. Where once was a flurry of elbowing for access for immigration documentation... More
The February 2018 local government polls, the litmus test of President Sirisenaâ€™s power over the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the popularity of RanilWickremesingheâ€™s United National Party (UNP) as well as the wellbeing... More
The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing Chinaâ€™s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project at the Great Hall of People in Beijing... More
The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through parliament on Wednesday (Nov 29).
â€œThe Speaker of parliament had called... More
Ranil Wickremesingheâ€™s decision in 2014 November to adopt senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Maithripala Sirisena to be the United National Party (UNP) coalition candidate in the January 8, 2015 Presidential election was... More
The release of the UN, US and India-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistani High Court on Wednesday, will adversely affect the global fight against cross-border terrorism and further vitiate India-Pakistan relations.
Given the backing... More
In the open-ended talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on November 23, the main theme will be speeding up the... More
India has let the hapless Rohingya Muslims down for the third time in succession. New Delhiâ€™s sordid record began when it endorsed Myanmarâ€™s brutal military action against lakhs of men, women and children, and... More
Flush with unprecedented success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, and given the BJPâ€™s alliance with the Sikh party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak... More
When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More
James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More
The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election.
But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More
It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’.
China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More
Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More
The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More
As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China.
"Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More
The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More
I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... 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