Babri Masjid demolition trials: Ayodhya again

A nearly moribund prosecution has been given a new lease of life by the Supreme Court. By ordering a joint trial... More

Will ‘Mother of All Bombs’ scare NK?

The US on Thursday dropped the "Mother of All Bombs" - the most powerful nonnuclear bomb used by the US so... More

Prime Minister off to ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for Japan today to enhance relations between the two countries. Premier Wickremesinghe and his entourage is... More

Reorienting the army

The Nepal Government is reportedly preparing to award the Rs 112 billion contract for the fast-track highway to the Nepal Army. It... More

US on Pak-India talks

US AMBASSADOR to the UN Nikki Haley, a rising star in the administration of President Donald Trump, has made another blunt... More

Destroying Heritage

The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday, unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the destruction of cultural heritage sites and warned that... More

The Guardian view on a key poll: victory for anti-Muslim bigotry

The world breathed a sigh of relief last week as the Islamophobe populist Geert Wilders failed to become the head of... More

Stent scandal

Some months after a massive scandal involving the use of substandard stents for heart patients undergoing angioplasty at both public and... More

Challenges for Afghanistan

Many years of war against terrorism in Afghanistan have proved to be tiring. The international forces that were involved in the... More

BJP wins big in Uttar Pradesh, India’s Largest State

Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his party to a landslide victory in India’s largest state on Saturday, consolidating his power and... More

Below the belt

Imran Khan’s latest tirade attacking the PSL and its foreign players whom he described as being of low class or low... More

Fighting crime with data

Police in Punjab have reportedly tracked down over a 1,000 criminals from across the province using a software called Hotel Eye.... More

The ECO summit

Some summits are more important to climb (and stage) than others, and the ECO moot in Islamabad is of particular significance... More

To say that Rahul Gandhi needs to mature is disservice to...

  If this was meant to be defence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s track record, it seems to have backfired at least... More

With Afghan cooperation

AS the state struggles to contain and put an end to a continuing spell of violence, the military leadership has emphasised... More

Afghan-Pak negotiation can tackle terror . . .

Afghanistan is marking its 28th anniversary of the former Soviet Union Red Army defeat and finally withdrawal from the country. But... More

Reflections on Freedom

Sixty nine years ago, Sri Lanka regained its independence after nearly 450 years of colonial rule. It was a tumultuous four... More

Trump’s travel ban

THE decision to temporarily curb all manner of entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries has evoked... More

Not torture, really? Justifying police action uncalled for

We were informed by the home minister, much to our dismay, that the police do not torture journalists. Apparently what happened... More

India’s war doctrine

Cold Start was supposed to be a non-starter. At least that is what India’s political and military leadership had claimed ever... More

Will the world be more chaotic in 2017?

The year of 2017 has arrived. Will it be more chaotic than 2016, or endowed with more stability and certainty? 2016 was... More


Another futile attempt to switch over to Hindi

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank... More

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More


Pakistan’s India obsession hides its real water challenges

Over the past few months, with the deterioration of relations between Pakistan and India, there has been a renewed interest in the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Statements made from India seem to indicate a... More

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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