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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

Take Rohingya issue to ICC, House of Commons panel tells UK government  


The House of Commons’ committee on International Development has said in its report that the persecution of the Rohingyas by Myanmar should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The report recommended that the UK and its... More

Nepal’s Left Unity float between the political seas of India and China


On Friday (May 18), two influential Communist leaders, K. P. Oli, the current Prime Minister, who assumed office in February 2018 and heading the Unified Marxist–Leninist (UML) Party and Pushpa Kamal Dahal, heading the Nepal Communist Party... More

Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru


Journalists in Bangladesh might as well adopt the the names of the ‘three wise monkeys’ – Mizaru, who covers his eyes; Kikazaru who covers his ears; and Iwazaru, who covers his mouth. Given the proposed Digital Security Act,... More

Political ambition vs Political confusion


With the main coalition partner in the ruling coalition, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), struggling for survival, the future of the Sri Lankan government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena (also chairman of the SLFP) hangs in... More

Nepal’s Left merger: A long shot?


On April 22, Nepal's fragmented communist movement completed 68 years. The movement has traversed through rough patches haltingly, suffering multiple splits mostly over tactical lines. Whether to follow politics of weapons or organizepeoples movement peacefully or infiltrate... More

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... More

Political confusion and parliament proroguing in Lanka


First it was the marriage, then it was the falling out and now it is on the verge of divorce. The above is an apt description of the current state of the Sri Lankan coalition regime and... More

Bhutanese dilemma: To be or not to be with India


The Bhutanese are in a dilemma: Should they continue to be tied to India economically and in the conduct of foreign policy or should they be independent in every way as a sovereign country and a member... More

How the No Confidence Motion on the Lankan PM is now reflected...


Three days after the drama of the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena who almost wanted his PM’s head on a platter called resignation is now singing a very different tune.... More

Inconsistency is the hallmark of Modi’s China policy


India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to be a lot of grandstanding meant to catch the TV viewers’ eyes. But it is without substance as the policies are mostly unrealistic, and what’s worse, laced... More

Lankan political Hara Kiri and the looming No Confidence Motion on PM


The No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsingheis to be taken up for debate and voting in Parliament on April 4. It is clear that whether the NCM is defeated or not, it will be... More

Central Asia’s growing concerns over Afghanistan


While the US used the recently held ‘Tashkent Conference’ on Afghanistan to reiterate its support for direct talks between the (US backed)Afghan regime and the Taliban, an offer that the Taliban have already rejected, for the Central... More

Congress-led India will be in “friendly competition” with China, says Rahul


China was the only country whichRahul Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress (INC), mentioned in his concluding speech at the 84th, plenary session of the party in New Delhi last Saturday. And even that was in... More

Aftermath of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka: Striving for sanity after madness

Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique bric-a-brac and jewelry.... More

Media’s pernicious role in exacerbating Sino-Indian relations


Sino-Indian relations have been none too good for more than half a century now, and the main reasons for that are well known. But what is not so well known is the role of the media in... More

Kandy looks towards re-instating peace


Almost complete normalcy had returned Saturday to the tourist district of Kandy with Muslim owned shops re-opening after being shuttered down since March 4 following communal violence mainly in the Digana area near the city. Police said the... More

How the BJP broke the Hindutva barrier in India’s Christian North East


What is remarkable about the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hat trick in the recent State Assembly elections in India’s North East is not that itsucceeded in throwing the Congress and the Communists out of power, but how it... More

Lanka moves forward to criminalize enforced disappearances


In the backdrop of the Sri Lankan government appointing Commissioners for the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to spearhead the task of looking into the issue of ‘missing persons’ in the three-decade long war that ended in... More

Climbing out of Pakistan’s FATF debacle


Last week’s developments with regard to Pakistan’s role in the global ‘war on terror’ have exposed how the general expectation of Pakistan’s anti-terror policies have already gone beyond the normal expectation of simply implementing the UNSCR resolution... More

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No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

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

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

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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