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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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... 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... 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... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...


"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India,"... More

Jinnah’s 2-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir


Kashmir: the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a... More

Under the Radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game...


Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup... More

Relevance of Bhandari’s India visit


Nepalese president Bidya Devi Bhandari has embarked on her maiden 5-day state visit to India. Her earlier visit was cancelled abruptly... More

Myanmar’s ‘Great Game’ enters volatile new phase


In late March the US naval ship Fall River—a Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport vessel—arrived at Yangon’s Thilawa Port as part of... More

Geopolitical rivalry in South Asia


As the gap between India and China continues to widen due to several bilateral and international issues, both countries are competing... More

Kashmir is sliding into disaster


The people of the Kashmir Valley have alternated between hope and despair. J&K has seen good times and bad times, but... More

MOAB, the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used by the US military,...


The US military has just dropped a big bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, also called the “mother of... More

The new great game


The aggressive posturing of Russia and the US against each other on Afghan soil is a matter of grave concern –... More

Why is China-Russia-India strategic triangle not viable now?


According to Indian media, China has turned down a Russian proposal to bring defense ministers of India, Russia and China together... More

The Upward Trajectory of India-Israel Relations


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to Israel this summer will mark 25 years of full diplomatic relations between the two... More

China’s support crucial to NLD governance


Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in China for his state visit last week, his first Beijing trip since assuming office.... More

Modi and Hasina can restore Bengal’s regional centrality


The idea that India-Bangladesh relations can be changed, root and branch, took hold seven years ago when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina... More

Why Dalai Lama’s Visit to Arunachal Has India Asserting Itself to...


  On March 30, 1959, the Dalai Lama and 20 of his guards escaped China and entered India through Kinzmane. He was... More

Flashpoints that could ignite a US-China war


President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, set to meet on Thursday, have clashing visions which might make it difficult to contain... More

Why Vajpayee Would Never Pick Adityanath


Would Atal Bihari Vajpayee have appointed Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh? Asking such a question is not a... More

Trump’s Meeting with China’s Xi Is Risky with U.S. Asia Policy...


“Everything is under negotiation, including One China.” Those words, said by president-elect Donald Trump in January as he questioned U.S. policy... More

China, India, Dalai Lama and Tawang


The Dalai Lama’s recent engagements have been far less reassuring for some, rubbing them up the wrong way. Beijing, for one,... More

COLUMN

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

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

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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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