Asian giants China and India flex muscles over tiny 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

‘Foreign military intervention masterminds face humiliation!’

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 submits anti-defection law

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

Gasim Ibrahim ‘persistent’ against Govt. amid growing woes

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

How Maldives slipped away from India’s hug and shook hands with China

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

Police seek charges against Gayoom, two top court judges

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

India’s regional power status under a cloud

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

Maldives declines India’s invite for mega Naval exercise

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

Maldives opposition seeks UN-mediated talks to end crisis

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

EU asks Maldives govt to lift SOE, warns ‘targeted measures’

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. The... More

China’s ocean observatory in Maldives sparks fresh security concerns for India

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

Maldives warns India against interfering as ties fray

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

India’s public statements ‘unhelpful’, says Maldives

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

Maldives’ SC issued temporary order to follow parliament decision

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

China gives dressing-down to Maldives’ Nasheed

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

Maldives on a collision course with India

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 India’s expectation conveyed hours earlier. According to an official statement... More

Amid call for help, ex-Maldivian president meets Indian defence minister

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed met defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought India’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 seeks approval to extend state of emergency by 30 days

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 seeks foreign help to investigate arrested judges’ wealth

Maldives will seek help from other countries to investigate judges suspected of taking bribes and “hijacking” the Supreme Court to drag the island nation into political crisis, a senior Maldives diplomat told Reuters in... More

Maldives police interrupts opposition rally

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

Delhi and Maldives break the ice first time in latest chill

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


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 of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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


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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

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



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