Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir is only a symbolic gesture

Two days before Ramzan started, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a surprise announcement: government forces in Jammu and Kashmir will temporarily halt counterinsurgency operations to ensure the Muslim month of fasting passes off... More

A stable and strong Pakistan would be in India’s best interest

In a damning admission, the former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, in an interview given to a prominent newspaper, has tacitly admitted to Pakistan’s role in 26/11 attacks, though he did not name... More

New US sanctions pose dilemma for India’s defense

A request for proposal released this month to Russian Helicopters by India for co-producing 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters, a deal to be signed on two S-400 air defense systems, and another one on Russian... More

Pakistan’s border fence: Keeping out the Taliban

Since the announcement in 2005, Pakistan has developed plans and made efforts toward building an approximate 1,500 mile fence running along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. This is an effort to hinder the Taliban’s freedom of... More

Indonesia gives India military access to strategic island of Sabang

In an event hosted this week by New Delhi titled "Indonesia's Maritime Policy and Thinking of ways forward for India-Indonesia as Maritime Neighbours," it was informed that India would be investing in the port... More

Nine years after end of Lankan war, chance of permanent peace further...

Nine years after the bloody civil war grinded to a halt Sri Lanka is moving further away from the permanent peace that its citizens want, with the chasm between the Tamils and the Lankan... More

We are battling terrorists: Pakistan Army

A spanking new complex with 1,300 shops in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, is waiting to be handed over as new hospitals, water supply schemes and micro-hydel projects have been built in... More

Pakistan seeks JV with Korea to develop defence products

Pakistan’s   Federal Minister of Defence Production Barrister Usman Ibrahim has said that Pakistan deeply values its relations with Korea, and is willing for Joint Ventures for development of different defence products. In a meeting with... More

Myanmar govt sits by while the army goes on the offensive

After fighting flared in April between the Burmese army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), an insurgent force controlling much of Myanmar’s northern extremes, thousands of civilians fled into the jungle. Some trekked for... More

Why the citizenship bill can tear Assam apart

For 30 years, Assam fought armed separatist violence some of which has morphed into more legitimised forms of abuse of power. For half a century, the state’s population has been battling annual flood ravages... More

India issues an RFP for acquiring 200 Kamov helicopters from Russia

India has moved a step further and reached a milestone in its project of procuring and co-producing 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters worth Rs 21,000 crore from Russia for the Indian Army and Indian Air... More

Pakistan and India: Changing minds, winning peace

With the emergence of world as a global village, relations between two nations getting more popularity as compared to relations among respective governments. Governments always attempt to communicate with foreign public to export their... More

Criminals prey on Rohingya in Bangladesh refugee camps

"Everyone has dreams — for prosperity, self-reliance and a better future for the next generation. It is not a bad thing; it is our right," a Rohingya Muslim mother of eight says with confidence. Widow... More

Why India needs to keep a tab on the new silk road

After focusing for years on Lhasa and southern Tibet, Beijing has decided to invest in the development of western Tibet, known as the Ngari Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). Despite the 2015... More

Court ruling helps BJP take-over Karnataka and pursue its Hindutva agenda in...

The Indian Supreme Court’s refusal to stay the swearing-in of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka scheduled for May 17, will help the BJP consolidate itself in power in the South Indian... More

India says its nuke-missile-carrying submarine fully operational

India has joined the league of select countries that have fully operational submarine-launched strategic missile systems capable of hitting targets with nuclear warheads at a range of 650 kilometers. Before this, such technologies were... More

China tries to bring Pakistan, Afghanistan closer

China has proposed hosting a new round of three-way talks with Pakistan and Afghanistan this month to continue with its diplomatic push in helping the two neighboring countries improve their strained bilateral ties. Chinese Ambassador... More

Why India should fear China’s growing naval power

At a recent press conference in New Delhi, India’s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman surprised reporters by stating that she saw ‘no tension between the navies of India and China in the Indian Ocean’. In... More

Bangabandhu-1 launch a welcome development for Bangladesh, adverse for India

The launch of Bangabandhu satellite is a welcome development considering Bangladesh’s economic potential and at the same time an adverse comment on spacefaring India. The world over, the trend of developing countries utilizing space services... More

India ramps up Myanmar ties to gain foothold in ASEAN

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with senior Myanmar officials during a two-day visit last week to discuss implementation of agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, especially... More

A thaw in India-Pakistan relations?

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think tank on international defence and security, in its latest commentary on India-Pakistan relations has pointed out a significant shift in Pakistan army’s attitude towards India. In... More


Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But if the government was not facing enough trouble trying to arrange the... More

Khulna elections: AL won, BNP lost and the EC didn’t win

Municipality polls in the Khulna city polls drew as much interest as any national elections tussle. It was an intense politically combative one with BNP leader Khaleda Zia still held in jail. She is fighting to get bail which is proving to be rather elusive. BNP had claimed that its... More

Citizenship Bill amendment protests rocks Assam

The ruling BJP is clearly on the defensive over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and seems to playing for time on the issue. The Bill proposes to provide citizenship or stay rights in India to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The political calculation behind the move was to ensure the... More

Yameen’s toughness and geo-political changes restore balance in Indo-Maldivian ties

Toughness and grit on the part of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, coupled with changes in the geo-political environment in South Asia, has resulted in a thawing of the icy relations between India and the Maldives. With a tough customer like Yameen at the helm in the Maldives running an... More

The US softens up on Pakistan to find ‘peace’ in Afghanistan

After experiencing months of cold, it seems that the US is starting to realize the folly of disengaging Pakistan, and is accordingly warming up. While underlying tensions remain, the recent change in emphasis on the role that Pakistan can play in Afghanistan does signify a US willingness to accommodate... More


Modi-Putin tete-a-tete in Sochi to mend ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests. Photo: Reuters/ Danish Siddiqui Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests.... More

India is failing the test on J-K

Mr Ram Madhav is the pointsman of the RSS and the BJP-led Central government for India’s foreign relations and Jammu & Kashmir. (Is there an irony in that?) On the government’s J&K policy, he once said: “The government will stand firm, eruption or no eruption.” Mr Madhav is safe and... More

Rohingya advocates urge Ottawa to consider resettling Muslim refugees

When more than half a million Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar last year and crossed into Bangladesh by foot and by boat, Anwar Arkani’s three sisters were among them. Arkani, who came to Canada in 1998 after living as a refugee for a decade in Bangladesh and Thailand, knows... More

Guns vs. butter at Wuhan meeting

The anxiety syndrome in the American write-ups on the Wuhan summit is truly tragi-comic. An analyst at the Brookings Institution confidently predicted even before the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that the event was much ado about nothing. The US government-funded Voice of America in an... 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