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


India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... 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



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