India’s sense of superiority miffs neighbors

Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim's three-day visit to India last week during which he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj is regarded as an ice-breaking trip for the two... More

Tweets and consequences

The insult contained in President Trump’s new year tweet accusing Pakistan of “lies and deceit” was followed by announcement of the injury — the $255 million cut in Foreign Military Financing — by the... More

Citizen count: on Assam’s draft NRC

Prodded by an unrelenting Supreme Court Bench, Assam met its December 31 deadline for publication of the first draft of the updated National Register of Citizens. In the event, the list proved to be... More

Washington casts aside Pakistan as purpose served

In his first tweet of 2018, US President Donald Trump opened fire on Pakistan. He wrote, "the United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15... More

Response to US

A series  of sharply worded comments about Pakistan by officials in US President Donald Trump’s administration has elicited a sharp reaction from this country. On Thursday, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor delivered a tough... More

India haunted by containment delusion

The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue took place in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that Beijing and Islamabad are willing to proactively discuss with Kabul extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor... More

Gen Bajwa’s briefing

Amidst myriad internal and external challenges and the country teetering on the brink of crises, attempts to bridge the civil-military divide and foster dialogue between institutions are particularly welcome. Army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa’s decision... More

Bring women on board in Bhutan elections

Parliamentary elections are nearing in Bhutan. Political parties have started to announce their candidates. People's Democratic Party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (Bhutan Peace and Prosperity Party), and Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party (BKP) have declared 20 candidates to... More

India should apologize for drone intrusion

An Indian unmanned aerial vehicle entered Chinese territory and crashed in the border area close to India's Sikkim State. The Chinese military's Western Theater Command and the foreign ministry called the incident an "intrusion"... More

Rahul Gandhi has much to prove as Congress chief

For all the contrived drama - 89 nomination papers bearing a single name, seeking the blessings of party elders, insistence on "due process" etc - Rahul Gandhi's impending shedding of his "vice" (Vice President... More

Rohingya tragedy

Although Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya population has suffered persecution at the hands of the majority Buddhist community for years, the recent crackdown by security forces against the Rohingya was executed with such unprecedented brutality that... More

‘Indo-Pacific’ a new term for old anxieties

The concept of a "free and open Indo-Pacific" has been appearing more often in US diplomatic rhetoric. US President Donald Trump used the term many times during his just concluded Asia tour. During the... More

Hopes diminish for former PM

Upon the indignity of disqualification has been heaped further humiliation. The detailed judgement dismissing the review petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and his family makes for devastating reading. Not only has the court reiterated its... More

Border tunnel building further provokes China

China should be alert and reinforce infrastructure along the China-Indian border, experts said Tuesday, after reports say India plans to build 17 highway tunnels for easy military mobility. India plans to construct 17 highway tunnels... More

Making deals with China: We do have a bargaining chip

Writing about our relationship with our neighbours and the world last year I predicted that the UNFGG government will eventually let go of its Indian tilt, despite the objections of some sections of the... More

Pressure on Pakistan

Rare is the minister who goes to parliament and briefs its members in a candid manner. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif briefed the Senate on US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to Pakistan... More

The Oxford snub to Suu Kyi

It has been a stinging rebuke for Aung San Suu Kyi, and the message that resonated across the world over the weekend was conveyed by the holy of holies, not any libertarian government of... More

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 Washington on Wednesday, calling on... 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 army resumed road construction in... 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 is particularly encouraging is that... 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 their temporary home after a... More


Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More


Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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... More