Child rape case heightens India’s Hindu-Muslim divide

The Internet is being cut for hours on end in Jammu as authorities try to halt protests that have grown in the Kashmir winter capital since the rape-murder of an eight-year-old girl opened a... More

India’s SSB completes border deployment along Nepal, Bhutan

In order to strengthen security along India's eastern frontier, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has finally completed the deployment of over 54,000 personnel along the open and crime-prone borders with Nepal and Bhutan. The border... More

Modi’s to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant... More

Nepal negotiates with India, Pakistan to revitalize SAARC

Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said on Sunday (Apr 22) that Nepal has been holding negotiations with India and Pakistan to revitalize the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). The prime minister said... More

Bangladesh took little steps to prosecute abuses, killings by security forces in...

The government of Bangladesh took limited measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces in 2017, said a US report on Human Rights Practices. US acting secretary of State John... More

Two Indian Muslims attacked on rumours of beef at wedding, 80th such...

In the second cow-related hate crime recorded in 2018, two Muslim men were injured when a mob turned violent in Nawalidh village of Koderma district, Jharkhand, on April 17, 2018, on the suspicion that... More

Belt route will ‘revive Nepal and China ties’

Nepal’s foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali has said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will revive business and cultural exchanges between Nepal and ChinaIt is Nepal’s honour to work with China under the BRI for... More

Delhi on drive to connect with Asia, Africa

As China pushes ahead with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), India – unable to offer an initiative on a similar scale – is focusing instead on infrastructure projects to improve connectivity in South... More

NSA asks China to help establish a ‘Mountain Brigade’

Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Haneef Atmar has wrapped up a three-day official visit to China where he held talks with a number of high-ranking officials, including China’s Vice President Wang Qishan. Atmar also met... More

Nepal FM outlines five areas of cooperation with China

Foreign Minister of Nepal, Pradeep Gyawali has said Nepal counts on Chinese support and cooperation for realising its national development aspirations. Gyawali, who is on a five-day visit to China, outlined five interlocking areas where... More

Indian opposition moves to impeach chief justice

India’s opposition parties launched an unprecedented bid to impeach the country’s top judge on Friday, submitting a motion accusing him of failing to protect the independence of the judiciary from executive interference among other... More

BD, India border forces to meet in Dhaka, fake currency & attacks...

The unabated smuggling of fake Indian currency notes and attacks on BSF personnel by cross-border criminals are some of the issues that will be discussed at a high-level meeting of the chiefs of India... More

After Doklam standoff, India and China may revive military ties

India and China are expected to take their first steps to revive military-to-military ties after the 2017 Doklam stand-off with both the Indian Army and the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) opening up select military... More

China wants to see smooth, stable elections in Bangladesh

China, the biggest trade partner with $15 billion exports to Bangladesh, wants to see the upcoming general elections “smooth and stable”. The Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counsellor, Li Guang Jun, said his government wants... More

Khawaja Asif to attend foreign ministers’ meeting in Beijing

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting that will be held in Beijing on April 24, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying... More

Pakistan terms PM Modi’s remarks on surgical strikes as false

Pakistan rejected as “false and baseless” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the ‘surgical strikes’ across the Line of Control in 2016 , saying “repeating a lie doesn’t turn it into the truth.” Speaking at... More

Pakistan turns to China for high-end weapons: report

The downward trend in Pak-US relations has pushed Islamabad towards China for the procurement of high-tech weaponry as the United States has again become an unreliable supplier for weaponry, said a Financial Times report. “We... More

Hasina’s Visva Bharati visit may be in sync with Modi’s convocation trip

Bangladesh wants the inauguration of the upcoming Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva Bharati in presence of the two premiers — Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi. The Bhavan housing a museum showcasing Tagore’s association with Bangladesh,... More

Indian Prime Minister Modi confronted by angry protests in London

Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday (Apr 18), demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence at home, including two particularly brutal rapes. Holding... More

China calls on India to get on board with Nepal projects

China has called on India to get involved in its connectivity projects with Nepal, saying they should both support the landlocked nation’s development in an apparent bid to play down concerns over rivalry between... More

India developing destabilising doctrines, technologies, former SPD chief says

India’s expansionist and revisionist mindset is guiding its force posture development that makes war look more likely, said former head of Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lt Gen (retd) Mazhar Jamil. He was speaking at a... 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