Maldives rebukes India’s ‘unhelpful’ call to release prisoners

The Maldives has flatly rejected calls from India to execute a Supreme Court order for the release and retrial of nine prisoners. Welcoming the revocation of a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday, the Indian... More

Maldives looks to ‘long lost cousin’ China, despite ‘brother’ India’s concerns

The Maldives will further embrace Chinese investment but is aware it risks getting caught between China and India, the country’s ambassador to China said on Thursday. He made the remarks after Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen... More

Maldives asked to restore democracy as India’s security hinges on it

India on Thursday asked the Abdulla Yameen government in the Maldives to restore the Rule of Law and start a genuine dialogue with the opposition to re-start the stalled political process before going in... More

More trouble in paradise as Maldives ex-dictator is charged with terrorism

Maldives authorities have charged former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and several senior judges with “terrorism” for attempting to topple President Abdulla Yameen, the government said Wednesday. Eighty-year-old Gayoom and 10 others – including the sacked... More

Gayoom, two top court judges charged with terrorism

Maldives’ prosecutors formally charged former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, chief justice Abdulla Saeed and top court judge Ali Hameed with terrorism over the alleged plot to overthrow the government. In addition to the terrorism charge,... More

Maldives urged to stop torture of detainees

The Maldives police and military have engaged in acts violating the Anti-Torture Act and the country’s human rights body has failed to make “significant and preventive interventions,” rights groups have claimed. A joint statement from... More

Maldives vital to Indo-Pacific strategy

President Donald J Trump has been the first President since the Atlantic era ended towards the close of the 1990s to acknowledge that it is no longer the Atlantic ocean but the confluence of... More

Five days for Maldivian Chief Justice to respond to charges

A duration of five days has been granted to the Chief Justice, Abdulla Saeed, to respond to the charges pressed against him. With the penal code suspended during the course of the State of Emergency,... More

China’s ‘Maldives meddling’ in focus at India’s next meeting with quad partners

The US has said that the Maldives issue will be discussed by the Quad countries — which includes, India, Japan, Australia and the US — in its next meeting and it is closely monitoring... More

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday (March 17). Thousands of supporters poured... More

Maldives detains 3 journalists over protest coverage: CPJ

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital,... More

South Asia should not become a battleground for competing interests

Recently, Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency following clashes between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community in Kandy in the central part of the country. Some on China's we-media claimed... More

EU parliament adopts resolution to impose sanctions on Maldives govt

Expressing its grave concern over the worsening political crisis in the Maldives, the European Parliament through a resolution on Thursday asked the EU council to impose targeted sanctions against key officials of the Maldives... More

The Maldives crisis and the China-India chess match

The continued political crisis in the Maldives began on February 6, after President Abdulla Yameen ordered the arrest of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the country along with a former president... More

Maldivian Prez ratifies anti-defection bil

Maldives’ President Abdulla Yameen Wednesday (Mar 14) ratified controversial legal changes to punish convicted judges and lawmakers who defect. Changes to the Judges Act mean that judges convicted of a criminal offence can be removed... More

Maldives passes anti-defection law to disqualify ‘rebel dozen’

The parliament of Maldives on Tuesday (March 13) passed the controversial anti-defection law devised to disqualify a dozen former government lawmakers. The draft law was submitted in the wake of a top court stay order... More

Immigration denies holding back visas for Indians

Maldives Immigration on Monday denied there were problems in giving business visas or work permits to Indian expatriate workers, amid strained relations between the two countries. Personnel officers in Maldivian companies told Raajjemv they have... More

Int’l probing into Maldives flag flying tanker case

Maldives’ Defense Minister Adam Shareef on Sunday (March 11) has claimed the case of a high-seas ship-to-ship (STS) transfer between two vessels - one identified a North Korean vessel with the other hoisting Maldives... More

Maldives’ opposition accused of planning and inciting violence

The Maldives opposition has been accused of planning to overthrow the government by creating unrest and instability in the capital. Police said Thursday night investigations were under way after they had learned of plans to... More

China’s Navy May Have Deterred an Indian Intervention in Maldives

A Chinese naval combat force that entered the Indian Ocean for the first time in four years may have helped deter an Indian intervention in the Maldives after its pro-China president imposed a state... More

Maldives to amend law to disqualify judges convicted of a crime

Ruling, Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) has submitted an amendment to the Judges Act, which will disqualify judges who are convicted of a criminal offense by a court of law. The amendment was submitted to... More


Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

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

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


Subversion of democracy

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

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



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