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After CBI, now RBI 


The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number... More
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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... More
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BJP ‘s mindless rhetoric 


There seems to be some kind of in-house competition within the BJP to rubbish neighbours to gain domestic mileage. This could have disastrous impact on the conduct of foreign policy and India's long-term interests will suffer. For... More
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Redefine Act East thrust 


India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will... More

India’s multi alignment challenge 


This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi... More
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Pillar to post and an uncertain future for 4 million


Few among the 4 million residents of Assam whose names have been excluded in the final draft of the National Register of Citizens are able to take it easy. BJP MLA from Morigaon in central Assam Rama KantaDeori... More

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?


Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest... More
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The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up


The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling,... More
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Rahul Gandhi’s coalition politics 


Leaders of India's oldest party, Congress, now seem reconciled to the politics of coalition as the only way to return to power. In a recent meeting of the Congress Working Committee, former finance minister P Chidambaram (PC... More
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Mamata squanders China opportunity


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lived upto her reputation as the enfant terrible of Indian politics when she cancelled her scheduled trip to China at the last moment. Her spokesperson blamed it on the 'failure to... More
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In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US


China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in... More
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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,... More
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Karnataka: Great for Indian democracy but not for Hasina 


The post poll developments in the southern state of Karnataka doubtlessly augurs well for Indian democracy. The Supreme Court's bold verdict in restricting the time given to BJP, the single largest party in Karnataka, to prove its majority... More
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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... More
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BCIM will take off after Wuhan


One of the key takeaway from the Xi-Modi 'informal summit at Wuhan appears to be the long dormant BCIM. The separate communiques issued after Wuhan alluded to BCIM positively. The two leaders seem to have agreed to... More

CAATSA a new major hitch in India-US relations


India is very upset with a new US law that may affect its critical defence imports from its traditional supplier of military hardware Russia. And if the US sticks to its guns and does not waive off... More
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Ops Gagan Shakti raises eyebrows


Despite Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat flexing muscles over the military's two front war capability, the Air Force has been less than enthusiastic about making tall claims. A former Air Chief, on condition of strict anonymity,... 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... More

Mamata leads anti-BJP alliance making


Bengal has been known for showing the way for India in more ways than one. It may do so again in national politics. Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal's chief minister and Trinomul Congress supremo, showed her bete noire Prime... More

Trump brings Asian rivals on the same page


During the 2016 presidential campaign, there were doubts about Donald Trump's ability to conduct war. Even people who liked him worried that he would be a loose cannon when lives were at stake. On who was best to handle... More
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BJP’s Northeast success 


Three Northeast Indian states recently returned BJP led coalitions to power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his senior cabinet ministers were down in Northeastern state capitals to attend swearing in ceremonies with BJP patriarchs like L K Advani... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More

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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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