US-India rapport more symbolic than substantial

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a speech "Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in... More

India must overcome security paranoia

As the Chinese public celebrated the National Day holidays, the Sino-Indian border issue was again thrust into the media limelight in India. According to Indian media outlets, the Chinese... More

Goodwill after Pak-Afghan meeting?

Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have held an important and necessarymeeting in Kabul to try and put the Pak-Afghan bilateral relationship on a more stable footing. What... More

Finding the humanity

Thirty one Rohingya Muslim refugees have unwittingly become the epicentre of controversy after a group of hardline nationalists including Buddhist monks attacked a detention centre that they had made... More

India’s bigotry no match for its ambition

India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a vitriolic condemnation of Pakistan when addressing the UN General Assembly on Saturday. "Why is it that today India is a recognized... More

Targeting refugees — Centre’s position on Rohingya

The Union government’s position that it considers Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state as a potential security threat is a disturbing attempt to paint the persecuted community in a... More

Gauri Lankesh’s final editorial: ‘In the age of false news’

“I want to salute all those who expose fake news. I wish there were more of them.” Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru on September 5. She wrote fiercely... More

Rawat’s arrogance taints India’s image

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said on Wednesday that the country needs to be prepared for a two-front war. He accused China of taking over India's territory like... More

Death of an activist: on Gauri Lankesh

The murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru has set off a wave of protests across the country; the chill that has set in is difficult to miss. It is a fool’s... More

CJ vs Hasina

A grave crisis in the structure of democratic governance has erupted in Bangladesh a year before the general elections. That appears to be the major parallel with Pakistan, where... More

Govt position against Supreme Court cannot be helpful

Ruling party leaders demand that Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha (SK Sinha) should resign for the landmark verdict that has scrapped Parliament's power to impeach Supreme Court's judges. In... More

Trump’s Afghan strategy sticks to old script

In his new strategy for Afghanistan released Monday, US President Donald Trump said he would put more US troops into the nation. His predecessor Barack Obama was clear in pulling... More

India needs to update its view on South Asia

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang held talks with his Nepali counterpart Bijay Kumar Gachhadar on Tuesday. The two sides agreed to make joint efforts to further advance pragmatic cooperation... More

The Kashmir question

Each year when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence, anxiety takes over the minds of many. It relates to the escalation of conflict in Kashmir that continues to be... More

Bhutan’s neutral stance embarrasses India

Despite India's continuous pressure on Bhutan to openly take India's side, Thimpu's passive resistance has embarrassed New Delhi. Indian media reported Thursday that anonymous sources in the Bhutanese government told... More

Indo-Afghan trade: Castles in the air?

Two months after the India-Afghanistan air corridor was inaugurated with great expectations, news that it has been hit by a shortage of cargo planes is a cause for concern.... More

New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time

As the standoff in Donglang between Chinese and Indian border troops enters its seventh week, the window for a peaceful solution is closing. The countdown to a clash between the... More

At last a foreign minister

There has been considerable criticism of the government of Nawaz Sharif because it failed since being elected to appoint a foreign minister. Now, it is Khawaja Asif that is... More

The opposition disappears in Bangladesh

More than 320 people have been unlawfully detained or have disappeared in Bangladesh since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League party took office eight years ago, according to Odhikar,... More

India Today draws a pipe dream for New Delhi

The Indian magazine India Today has gone viral in the past two days. Its latest cover story, headlined "China's New Chick," has an illustration of the map of China... More

China and India should tone down the rhetoric on border dispute

The rising tensions between China and India and mounting rhetoric from the more excitable media over an army stand-off in disputed territory involving Indian ally Bhutan gives the impression... More


Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More


Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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