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Indian PM Modi’s close aide makes secret visit to Dhaka as RSS...


On July 24, a close aide to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with two intelligence officers, reached Dhaka, supposedly on a clandestine mission. Although the immediate objective of this person’s visit to the Bangladeshi capital is... More

Political firestorm in India as Assam publishes citizens’ register


A political firestorm was ignited in India on Monday after publication of a Register of Citizens in the state of Assam,excluding more than 4 million people, almost an eighth of the state population. The second draft of the... More

Ex-RAW officer set up meet between Indian policy makers and a BNP...


Nearly a month after Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia was put into a Dhaka prison in February this year, a senior member of the party made quiet overtures to a former Indian intelligence officer... More

Why intolerance/racism is our natural child of politics


The first time I faced intolerance of the public kind was in Nigeria when I was accused of being a “cheating miserly Indian.” I was shocked but not being an Indian helped me absorb whatever negative feelings... More

Will India make homosexuality legal?


India’s Supreme Court has begun hearing a crucial case that can de-criminalisehomosexuality in the country, which would do away with the law enacted in the year 1861 when the British ruled the land. On July 17, the Supreme Court... More

Neck high in political fires of Lanka


The Sri Lankan political scene last week meandered from the shadows of a senior Buddhist monk calling for Hitler-like leadership and a Tamil female State minister glorifying the LTTE to the President of the country wanting to... More

Minorities under Modi


Ever since the Pro-Hindu Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in 2014 in India by a record land-slide victory under the command of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, surveys, both national as well as international, have been... More

Mob lynchings of innocents fueled by fake news


On Friday, June 8, two young men from Guwahati, Assam, Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) both working in the Bollywood music industry, were on holiday back home and decided to visit Kangthilangso, a picnic spot... More

Cracks in the Maldivian opposition unity


Much was expected of the positive steps taken in late June to unify the Maldivian opposition for ousting the entrenched President Abdulla Yameen in the September 23 Presidential election. The withdrawal of former President Mohamed Nasheed from the... More

After Beijing visit, Nepal’s Oli plays the balancing game between China and...


Determined to keep his country’s newly-emerging relations with Chinaon track, Nepalese Prime Minister K P Oli has stoutly defended theproposed railway project linking Tibet with Kathmandu despitequestions being raised on its viability and feasibility. Responding sternly to a... More

Gazipur ‘national’ election


You don’t hear about ‘fair play’ in the FIFA World Cup anymore. It’s not needed. The flurry of fouls in the first half with no call for penalty, reminds one of prevailing global circumstances and the domestic... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa and China deny election funding


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has outright rejected allegations made by The New York Timesin an article published on June 25 that said ‘at least US$7.6 million’ was paid bythe Chinese company which built the Hambantota port, the... More

Hitler’s ghost and the Lankan sphere


The local media last week was dominated by news focusing on the murderous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, the Lankan anti Muslim riot instigator, the Buddhist monk Galagoda Aththe GnanasaraThero, and a member of the highest echelons of... More

Assam heading for trouble over immigrants


From the United States to the European Union to Bangladesh, countries across the world have been grappling with the problem of how to deal with refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants, legal or otherwise. Illegal immigration from East... More

Like Awami League, BNP too seeks client-patron ties with India


One afternoon in the second week of June, I received a call on my mobile phone from an unknown number. Speaking in English, the caller identified himself as Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, a member of the Bangladesh... More

The exit of US from the UNHRC and Lankan war time allegations


Last week local media reports were rife on what transpired during a courtesy call by outgoing US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, on former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa last Sunday. Keshap reportedly warned the former President... More

Sri Lanka: Hornet’s nest sting begins as corruption charges fly against coalition...


Arjun Aloysius of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL), who is son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. Barely a few weeks ago, President Maithripala Sirisena lamented about the infamous Sri Lanka Central Bank bond scam indulged in by... More

Lankan saga of political fears, affiliations and detractions


Sri Lanka is in the throes of subtle and overt political maneuvers that may decide the political game-plan for the 2020 Presidential elections and indicate the future of Lankan politics for some years to come. In a path... More

The sorrow of being President Sirisena


In a latest display ofisolation and resentment President Maithripala Sirisena mid last week lashed out at his former supporters after barging in uninvited to an event that was to commemorate a pro democracy campaigning monk who was... More

Sri Lanka: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa dons garb of economic saviour, eyes Presidency


There is little doubt that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and who held the post of Defence Secretary is now making an early preparation to contest the 2020 Presidential elections. His Viyath Maga campaign to... More

Bhutan: Coming out of India’s shadow


Bhutan and India are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic ties this year. The foreign ministers of the two countries formally launched the yearlong celebrations in New Delhi on February 21. The Indo-Bhutan relation is often viewed from two... More

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Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... More

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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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