Maldives govt denies China military base claim

Maldives government on Sunday moved quickly to deny China was grabbing land in Maldives that can be turned into military bases. Former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Naseem in an interview with India's 'The Tribune' had... More

India cut down restriction-free food exports to Maldives amid tension in ties

At a time when diplomatic tussle between India and Maldives has been making news, New Delhi has slashed the amount of restriction-free exports of essential commodities permitted to the island nation every year. According to... More

Exports of commodities from India to Maldives slopes

It has been revealed that there has been a sweeping drop in the quantity of exports of essential commodities from India to Maldives. India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry Department of Commerce had published a... More

India is losing the plot in the Maldives, New Delhi’s self-goals &...

Having small neighbours can be bothersome. Just ask India. It is frequently challenged by them, and it almost always flunks the test. Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and now the Maldives. India’s strategic self-goals in... More

India, Maldives talks to end logjam

A high-level meeting of defence officials later this month will seek to end the logjam in the India-Maldives relations over strategic issues, sources have confirmed. According to the sources, one possible solution to the problem... More

Maldives rejects reports of visa denial to Indians amid slump in relations

The Maldives Immigration authorities have denied the reports that nearly 2,000 Indians have been either thrown out of their jobs or denied work permits by the authorities in the Maldives in the last three... More

MNDF, Indian Navy conduct joint aerial surveillance of Maldives EEZ

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Coastguard, together with the Indian Navy, is carrying out a joint aerial surveillance of the Maldives Exclusive Economic Zone. MNDF said that the operation was launched on Monday, but did... More

The Maldives is Modi’s Achilles heel

The “Wuhan consensus,” borne out of the informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping hardly ten weeks ago may run into headwinds in an improbable setting in the... More

Maldives former president sentenced to 19 months in jail

A Maldives court on Wednesday sentenced a former strongman accused of plotting to overthrow the government to 19 months in prison for failing to cooperate with the police investigation. Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the... More

Maldives to get USD12 mln WB package to boost public finance system

The World Bank are set to give a USD12 million financial package to the Maldives to strengthen the archipelago’s public sector financial management systems. Building on the existing Public Financial Management Systems Strengthening Project, the... More

Maldives sets deadline for India on taking back helicopters

Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj held a high-power meeting on Monday to discuss a deadline set by the Maldives for India to withdraw its helicopters gifted to the island nation, at least two senior... More

India’s vote for Maldives ‘guaranteed’ at Security Council election

India’s vote for the Maldives in the UN Security Council’s election is guaranteed, diplomats said ahead of Friday’s vote, despite nosediving bilateral relations. The Maldives will win the Asia-Pacific seat on the UNSC, said fisheries... More

Maldives ‘disappointed’ after being thrashed in UN vote

The Maldives expressed its disappointment Friday after being thrashed by Indonesia in a UN Security Council seat vote. Indonesia got more votes than the Maldives in the contested election for one Asia-Pacific seat by 144... More

Maldives to get US$12 million WB package

The World Bank is giving the Maldives a US$12 million financial package to improve the efficiency of its public finances and services. The finance ministry has made progress in reducing the fiscal deficit from 10.6... More

Maldives to hold pres polls on Sep 23

Maldives would hold crunch presidential elections on September 23, the country's electoral watchdog announced Thursday. Elections Commission made the announcement during an official ceremony with political parties and relevant government and state officials in attendance. The... More

MP entry snub ominous for India-Maldives ties!

To say bilateral ties between the once friendly neighbours Maldives and India have never been lower would be an understatement. The strain stems from the abrupt termination of a contract to develop and operate... More

‘Bully’ India silent on refusing entry to Maldives ruling party MP

India was silent Wednesday (June 6) about barring a senior ruling party politician from entering the country in an unprecedented move, as it was accused of bullying the Maldives. MP Ahmed Nihan from the Progressive... More

Maldives ties take a dip as India told to take back 2nd...

As India seeks to expand footprint in southeast Asia, it continues to suffer serious reverses in the Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago which once fit neatly into India's formulation of its strategic backyard. The... More

Will not allow unlawful political acts of the opposition, says Maldives’ govt

The Government of the Maldives has issued a communique saying that "attempts to undermine the Constitution and the laws of the land and to hoodwink the people and hype pre-election political rhetoric cannot be... More

EU, West urge Maldives to hold credible, transparent presidential poll

The European Union and some Western nations on Friday (1 June) urged the Maldives to hold a credible and transparent presidential poll after police executing a court order disrupted an opposition effort to pick... More

Top India minister Swaraj explains Maldives no-show

India’s external affairs minister has not visited the Maldives despite receiving four letters from the country’s foreign minister, a news conference heard Monday. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj told media her Maldivian counterpart Mohamed... More


Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More


The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... More



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