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 ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed said those who attempted to bring foreign military intervention to the island nation has been deeply humiliated.
The Maldives ambassador to India has claimed the government has managed to... More
Maldives ruling party on Monday (March 5) submitted the draft anti-defection law to the parliament which if passed would disqualify lawmakers elected on party tickets if they quit, change or are dismissed from the... More
Maldives business tycoon and Jumhoory Party leader Gasim Ibrahim has claimed he stands relentlessly with the opposition in their attempts to reform the government despite deepening predicaments.
The opposition leader said he will not be... More
Idyllic Maldives faces a serious constitutional crisis and there are no indications that President Abdullah Yameen is willing to soften his position. On the contrary, all indications are that Yameen would ruthlessly incarcerate the... More
Maldives police on Wednesday (Feb 28) officially sought charges against former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, chief justice Abdulla Saeed, top court judge Ali Hameed and chief judicial administrator Hassan Saeed.
The four remain in custody... More
There is an interesting phenomenon in Indian strategic thinking: every time there is a crisis in which New Delhi is expected to play a role, a growing chorus arises, advising Indian policymakers to tread... More
After ignoring India's repeated appeals to roll back the emergency it imposed earlier this month, Maldives has declined New Delhi's invitation to participate in a naval exercise next month.
As India gears up to host... More
The Maldivian opposition said on Tuesday (Feb 27) it had hired a former United Nations rights rapporteur to push the global body to intervene in a political deadlock that has roiled the troubled honeymoon... More
The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday (Feb 26) adopted a series of conclusions on the Maldives, in light of the recent deterioration of the situation in the island nation.
A Joint Ocean Observation Station which China is looking to establish in the Maldives could prove to be another security challenge for the Indian government with the Maldivian opposition leaders claiming that the observatory... More
The Maldives has warned India against interfering in its political crisis, deepening a rift with the country once seen as its closest ally.
New Delhi has expressed concern about the situation in the honeymoon islands,... More
The Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement expressing disappointment over the public statements issued by the government of India citing they "ignore the facts and ground realities."
The ministry on Thursday (Feb... More
Supreme Court of Maldives has issued a temporary order to follow the parliament's decision until the Supreme Court comes to a decision on the state of emergency.
The parliament requested advise on the state of... More
The mystery of the Supreme Court judges in Male promoting democracy in their beloved country is deepening. One of the three judges who gave the ruling to destabilize the political situation had unaccounted money... More
The Maldives looked set for a collision course with India, as a parliamentary committee voted to extend the state of emergency by 30 days, defying Indiaâ€™s expectation conveyed hours earlier.
According to an official statement... More
Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed met defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought Indiaâ€™s intervention to defuse the crisis in his country in the wake of the government imposing a state of emergency after refusing... More
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday (Feb 19) sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency by 30 days, saying a threat to national security had not diminished and a constitutional crisis had... More
Maldives will seek help from other countries to investigate judges suspected of taking bribes and â€œhijackingâ€ the Supreme Court to drag the island nation into political crisis, a senior Maldives diplomat told Reuters in... More
Officers of Maldives Police Service on Firday (Feb 16) has interrupted the opposition protesters who gathered at their prime focal point.
The multi-party opposition movement had its supporters come down the streets of capital city... More
For the first since the Maldives government imposed emergency and arrested a former president and the Supreme Court chief justice 10 days ago, triggering alarm bells in the region and the West, the Indian... More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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