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Brutal killings unabated on Indo-Bangladesh border


It has been six years since Bangladeshis woke up to the horrendous photograph of 15-year-old Felani Khatun of Phulbari in Kurigram, hanging upside down on the barbed fence on the Bangladesh-India border with a... More

BJP draws Mamata’s associate Mukul Roy into fold


Grassroots elections for the ‘panchayets’ will take place next year in West Bengal, to be followed by the Lok Sabha polls. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is refurbishing its organization in West Bengal ahead of... More

Pre-poll survey gives hope to Congress for Vidhan Sabha elections


Before 2019, the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections are a big test for India’s Hindutva party, BJP, or Bharatiya Janata Party. For the opposition, these elections are a chance to bounce back.... More

India loses the plot on the Rohingya issue: Hands the game to...


India appears to have lost the plot on the Rohingya issue. Despite having a measure of clout both in Bangladesh and Myanmar, and appeals by Dhaka to mediate, New Delhi has been found wanting... More

Post 2019 elections, Delhi readies to face challenges in Dhaka


With the Bangladeshi parliamentary elections due in January 2019, neighboring India is preparing to face any change that the elections might bring about in Dhaka. While being closely tied to the ruling Awami League led... More

Lanka’s hopes of new constitution sinks to new low


The much-anticipated new Sri Lankan constitution, aimed at bringing about post war reconciliation and equality to all minority communities, especially the Tamils, is likely to come to a complete halt as representatives of Lanka’s... More

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC


Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and diplomatic fraternity. Hitherto, CPEC has... More

China says economic development will ensure maritime security


While other countries participating in the Galle International Naval Dialogue here on Monday viewed maritime security from a purely military angle, China said that the best guarantor of maritime security is rapid economic development... More

Assembly Elections: BJP faces uphill task in Modi’s home turf


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled the Western Indian State of Gujarat continually since 1998, and had been under the watch of the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 13 years... More

Nepal: Political uncertainty is almost certain


Nepal has been a laboratory of many political experiments, mostly power driven, bringing parties with contradictory ideologies and past enmity together, especially in the past 11 years. Birth and death of short-lived political equations... More

The Rohingya issue: The need for humanistic retrospection


That the Rohingya community is one of the most victimized of communities, hounded and subject to that of a stateless position, is clear to the world. Also clear is the fact that yesterday’s persecuted... More

UNSC speaks up against Myanmar but no punitive action is envisaged yet


After ignoring for years the smoldering Rohingya Muslim-Burmese Buddhist conflict in North Western Myanmar (apparently in the interest of bolstering the regime of “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi) the United Nations has, at... More

Mattis lays groundwork for deeper defence ties with India


United States Defence Secretary James Mattis says his country is looking to share some of its "most advanced defence technologies" with India in a bid to counter the growing clout of China in the... More

First China, Fifth India


The Chinese and Indian armies are poised to be among the world’s five most elite ground combat forces by 2030, says Robert Farley, Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce... More

Sk. Hasina and Rohingyas: There is goodwill not political will


Sheikh Hasina at this point is certainly more admired than Suu Kyi, but as her speech at the UN shows, she can gather a lot of goodwill but not the political will necessary to... More

Apex committee drafting Lanka’s new constitution presents interim report 


The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament on Thursday. The present parliament is the “Constitutional Assembly” charged with the responsibility of drafting a new constitution for Sri... More

Expelled Tamang to head GTA in Darjeeling


In the name of restoring peace in Darjeeling, the West Bengal government has announced its decision to strengthen the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). It will also step up development in the area. West Bengal... More

Unhelpful neighbors thrust entire responsibility for Rohingyas on Bangladesh 


Unhelpful and hostile neighbors have thrust the enormous burden of looking after 400,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on the slender shoulders of Bangladesh when the latter is just beginning to make progress on the... More

Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists hold counter demonstrations on Rohingya issue


Reflecting the sharp communal divide in the country, Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists have been holding counter demonstrations in the island nation, opposing each other’s stand point on the Rohingya Muslim issue in Myanmar. Both... More

Geo-politics behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas


Geo-politics appears to be behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas. On Thursday, New Delhi swung from voicing unreserved support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s tough militaristic policy on the Bengali-speaking Muslim community to strongly approving... More

Contesting in the polls while remaining in parliament


During the tenure of the present government, the constitution was amended so that the election can be held while the parliament is still in place. The members of parliament can contest in the coming... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

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

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

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

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

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

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

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

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

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

Mutual respect is the key

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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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