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Political machinations in Sri Lanka deepen as economy continues to take hit


The unending rise of fuel prices in Sri Lanka has clearly put the government on the defensive with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera claiming that they were unaware of the pricing formula. While... More

BJP’s December ‘rath yatra’ in Bengal to whip up support for Indian...


Beginning in the first week of December, the Bengal unit of the BJP will launch a state-wide rath yatra to whip up sentiments in favour of granting citizenship status to the Hindus living in as well as millions More

Political tug-a-war against Sirisena- Rajapaksa unison


Two meetings held this week between President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) has members pulling in opposite directions, concerning the decision for the two parties... More

Sri Lanka’s Tamil diaspora could boost country’s economy but challenges on ethnic...


For the past nine years the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has had strong reservations about investing in their country of origin, claiming that they would withhold themselves from committing to any business ventures unless Colombo had a... More

Rivals Sirisena and Rajapaksa to unite to oust PM Wickremesinghe


President Maithripala Sirisena was elected 15 January 2015 on the then Opposition UNP coalition ticket after having left his party, the SLFP, betraying his then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The long winding road of politics which has no... More

Mayawati delivers body blow to opposition unity, but it’s not game over...


With slightly over two months left for elections to three politically crucial north Indian states and the parliamentary polls in May 2019, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s attack against the Congress, accusing the grand old party... More

Lankan President Sirisena’s claims he oversaw war in May 2009 might hurt...


In a revelation that could prove counter-productive, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena last week disclosed that he gave leadership to the armed forces during the final two weeks of the civil war in May 2009. Commenting on... More

Sri Lanka: Sirisena’s appeal to the UN and connecting factors


To allow Sri Lankans to bring about post-war reconciliation without international interference was the crux of the speech of President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September... More

BJP chief Amit Shah’s ‘termite’ slur against Bangladeshi migrants will only deepen...


BJP national president Amit Shah’s recent characterisation of so called Bangladeshi illegal immigrants living in several Indian states as “termites” is clearly aimed to whip up xenophobia as a means to consolidate Hindu votes ahead of elections... More

Domestic politics and elections behind Modi govt’s decision to spurn Pakistan’s talks...


Opinion is divided among political scientists that foreign and domestic policies are often intertwined and states take decisions on their respective relations with other governments based on expected political gains that might accrue at home. When the... More

For Sirisena to take U-turn on Resolution 30/1 at UN General Assembly...


In what could be an act of diplomatic suicide, Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s expected statement at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution More

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidential hopes for his son sparks off dissent


Muffled whispers of irritation are now becoming outspoken criticism as a die hard loyalist of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa began speaking out last week against his plans to keep the Presidency and leadership of his new party,... More

In tell-all book, Bangladesh Supreme Court ex-chief justice S K Sinha makes...


Two years after he was unceremoniously removed as Bangladesh’s first Hindu chief justice of the Supreme Court, Surendra Kumar Sinha has written in his just-published book ‘A Broken Dream: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy’ that... More

BRI evokes awe and apprehensions


China has always been known for its mega size projects. Whether it is the ancient Silk Road that dates back thousands of years, or the magnificent Great Wall of China, these infrastructural giants have evoked the awe More

Northern Provincial Council resolution on Sri Lanka and the lambasting of Tamil...


Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Provincial Council mid last week unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon the United Nations to hold a referendum on the “political preference of the Tamil-speaking people”. More

Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Modi in India, says misunderstanding over


Mahinda Rajapaksa is back to courting India. Forgotten are his accusations that India was behind the Presidential victory of his one-time confidante Maithripala Sirisena in January 8th2015. The first signs that the former President was seeing a... More

COLUMN

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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