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Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus


A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist network had a major role in triggering the latest bout... More

Can India match Pakistan’s strategic depth in Afghanistan?


It was in summer of 1987 that I first visited Afghan capital Kabul. Journalists from 26 countriesassembled in Moscow and then were flown to Kabul to attend a conference on a reconciliation program and see on ground its outreach. In the... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the party has made a smart... More

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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

Undoing a gangster heaven 

Consensus on matters ensuring security and welfare of the common mans rarely achieved by our Parliament. Such unanimity is only displayed when their own self-interest is at stake, like approving increments in their salary, added perks and privileges, etc. In October last year all the parliamentary parties banded together... More

Is China letting India have Bangladesh?

China has collected several trophies for its wall such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan is its captive friend. It doesn’t mind Bangladesh as India’s major stepping stone in the region. Without any place of comfort, India may become too nervous for the long term, particularly as the... More

Sri Lanka and US shed reservations to become military partners 

Sri Lanka and the United States appear to be shedding mutual animosities and reservations about each other to build a military partnership if not a strategic alliance. After the British were asked to leave Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, by the socialist and non-aligned regimes of the Sri Lanka... More

Modi’s report card not inspiring

Much was made of the four years of Modi government by spin doctors of the India's ruling BJP last week. Prime minister Narendra Modi himself went ballistic against a possible opposition alliance much before it has crystallised, claiming Indian voters will never vote again for instability and uncertainty when... More

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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

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to RSS

I must confess to having felt queasy when I heard that our former Rashtrapati, Pranab Mukherjee, a man I much admire, was likely to accept an invitation from the RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, to attend the convocation of Sangh Parivaar volunteers trained for three years in becoming pracharaks. I was not queasy about what... More

Pakistan’s next election will pave the way for progress

Pakistan, a former British colony in South Asia with a Muslim-majority (97%) population of 220 million, the sixth largest in the world,  is a regional power to be reckoned with. It has the geo-strategic advantage of being in close proximity to the Strait of Hormuz and the energy-rich Middle... More

Rohingya rape survivors face a harrowing choice

The 3-month-old boy has no name. His mother, Uma Suleiman, cradles him during the sweltering nights when he can’t sleep, patting his bare back with her palm. She had done the same for her other children, all of whose names arrived easily to her, all of whom she loved without... More

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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