Political posturing unlikely to hamper Lanka’s constitution making process

Apprehensive about electoral consequences, political parties in Sri Lanka are either posturing on the on-going constitution-making process, or are maintaining stony silence on it. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), led by... More

India presses for consensus on “Indian Ocean identity”  

At the Second International Conference on the Indian Ocean held here on August 31 and September 1, India made an effort to get a broad consensus on what constitutes an  “Indian... More

Silver linings in Sri Lanka’s dark political cloud

In contrast to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, the current dispensation in Sri Lanka headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is not blessed with political stability and... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is in sixes and sevens

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies;... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need to modernize to be competitive

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from... More

Standoff with China calls for re-casting of India’s Bhutan policy

The on-going Sino-Indian military confrontation in Doklam is taking place on land claimed by Bhutan and China. Officially, India is not party to the dispute, and yet it is there ostensibly... More

Sociology of growing unit level indiscipline in the Indian army

The recent killing of Maj.Shikhar Thapa by Naik (trooper) Kathiresan over the use of a mobile phone in Uri on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, has revived worries over discipline at... More

India-China standoff over Bhutan remains intractable

India is trying not to enter into a slanging match with China over the military standoff at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border in the hope that China will soon stop its... More

Fishing in India’s troubled North East

In its no holds barred tussle with India to corner the latter militarily and politically, and reduce its political and economic stature in its own backyard - South Asia - China... More

Rights Group exposes plight of Indian Muslims

The latest report on the plight of Indian Muslims by the London-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) has come out... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional... More

Internal differences stymie SCO’s effectiveness

At the conclusion of the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held at Astana in Kazakhstan late last week, it was clear that the Eurasian body’s main concern will be... More

Modi’s regime is a lot of optics with little substance

Having completed 60% of his five-year term in May this year, it is time Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was assessed both by the people of India and the regime itself.... More

1993 India-China border pact should guide India’s approach to OBOR

China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) project to link countries of Asia through the construction of infrastructural facilities like roads, railways and ports all with an appropriate hinterland, is meant... More

India re-orients its policy on the Sri Lankan ethnic question

India appears to be in the process of re-shaping and re-orienting its policy on the Sri Lankan ethnic question once again. This was evident during the visit of the Indian Prime... More

Challenger Rajapaksa displays his political potential on May Day

At the May Day rally his group held at the sprawling Galle Face Green here, the leader of Sri Lanka’s “Joint Opposition” and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, amply displayed his potential... More


Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More


Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... 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... More