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Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand...


Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict


The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics


Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt...


On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together... More

India and Pakistan membership a challenge for SCO


China has taken over the rotating presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and is scheduled to host the next summit in June 2018 in... More

Is ‘go-it-alone Modi’ hurting India?


The social fabric is threatened, the economy is dragging and foreign ties are brittle. Modi's personality is causing problems for India. In the second part of... More

India, Pakistan to gain from ‘Shanghai Spirit’


After being observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for 12 years, India and Pakistan were admitted as full members to the bloc at the SCO... More

Engaging an inward looking US


As he heads to the White House later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a two-fold challenge. One is to preserve the gains in... More

The battle for values and concept of Hindu Rashtra  


Twenty-five years ago, I had edited an anthology of Dalit literature, Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature. In the introduction, I had stated:... More

Could the Persian Gulf rift mean the beginning of...


Al Jazeera, the Pan-Arabic television network that gained a sudden worldwide audience in 2010 during the emergence of Arab Spring, is now threatened with extinction,... More

Why the campaign against Qatar is doomed


It has been apparent for some time that the war against the Islamic State (IS) group and its forebear al-Qaeda is by no means the... More

Soldiers killed in action are not martyrs. ‘Martyr’ has...


I have a problem with calling soldiers killed in action martyrs. I know it’s meant as respect and I’m well aware it’s intended as an... More

Transacting with Trump


Delhi tends to use the word “transactional” pejoratively. This is particularly true of the Indian discourse on the partnership with the United States. The political... More

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is...


President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping... More

 Constitutional misadventure


In what can only be termed an extremely ill-advised constitutional manoeuvre, the government of India has sought to effectively prohibit cattle slaughter across the country... More

Why neighbours dislike or suspect India


A little under 30 years ago, after Vishwanath Pratap Singh became prime minister, he met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Singh, a polite man,... More

India should either come up with a better plan...


When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. ... More

 Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One...


While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic... More

China is working on the largest infrastructure endeavor in...


No great power is complete without troops, warships and missiles sprinkled around the planet. Now China is squeaking into an exclusive club — joining America, Russia,... More

Why Major Gogoi is wrong


  On April 9, the day of the election to the vacant Srinagar parliamentary seat, a cornered paramilitary unit in Budgam district called the army for... More

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?


"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he... More

COLUMN

Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... 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 means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More

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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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