GDP growth to slump to 4-year-low is bad news for Modi government

India's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 6.5 per cent this fiscal (2017-18) from 7.1 per cent last fiscal - a four-year low - according to the first advance estimates of... More

Grim year for BD economy

The economy of Bangladesh has come under pressure due to the banking sector crisis, inflation and soaring imports amid inadequate export earnings and insufficient remittance inflows, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said. The banking... More

‘We shall continue our fight against terrorism even without US aid’

In an attempt to ease tensions between US and Pakistan, Commander US Central Command (Centcom) General Joseph L Votel made a telephone call to Chief of the Army Staff General (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa.... More

‘Complex challenges’: will Pakistan become new Daesh hotspot?

The presence of Daesh in Pakistan has increased alarmingly over the past year according to a report released by the independent Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies. According to Pakistani officials, Daesh launches attacks from... More

An ominous new year for India

You’d think the Indian economy had returned to rosy health. It seems to have recovered from two enormous disruptions -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision just over a year ago to withdraw 86 percent... More

India sparks outcry over press freedom by naming reporter in probe on...

The Indian government named a reporter in a police complaint after she wrote an article alleging a data breach in a federal identity database, drawing criticism from a journalist group that accused officials of... More

No one will be classified as superior, says top Assam citizens register...

At the turn of the new year, the first partial draft of Assam’s much-awaited National Register of Citizens, updated for the first time since 1951, was released. The stated aim of the exercise is... More

Despite strains, silent progress in India, Pak talks

Pakistan has maintained high-level diplomatic contacts with the Indian establishment, even as New Delhi has maintained the rhetoric that terror and talks cannot go together. A proposal for early release of prisoners aged more... More

Chetna is the loser

There were moments last week when the high-octane media publicity over the visit by the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Chetna, accompanied by her mother-in-law, to Islamabad was playing out, it seemed External Affairs Minister Sushma... More

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the murder

Ten years after former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, was killed in Rawalpindi the unanswered questions about her assassination still fuel conspiracy theories. General Musharaff has been... More

Pak army chief wants good relations with India, but it takes two...

In a major gesture, Pakistan army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa reportedly said the military was ready to back the political leadership’s initiative for normalisation of relations with India. Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa... More

Indian IT companies establishing firm presence in China amid receding US demand

In a first, India's IT industry has joined hands with Chinese authorities to establish the business equivalent of a marriage portal. The matchmaking platform will help Indian companies to obtain contracts at a time... More

Will Gujarat pave the way for Narendra Modi vs Rahul Gandhi in...

With the Gujarat results out, the focus will now shift to what comes next for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress in terms of their strategy for the 2019 general elections. Though the BJP... More

China says lessons should be learnt from Doklam ahead of border talks...

India and China will hold another round of boundary talks in New Delhi on Friday (Dec 22), in the first parleys under the special representative mechanism since the 73-day Doklam standoff. Crisis management at the... More

Rahul Gandhi is Congress President, now what?

Now that Rahul Gandhi has formally taken over the reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as the Congress party president, what is in store? That is a question many have been asking at a... More

Nepal’s upcoming PM will have to balance between India, China, say analysts

In the first parliamentary elections that marked Nepal's complete transition to a parliamentary federal democracy, the public has voted largely in favor of the left-wing alliance between the Communist Party of Nepal — Unified... More

Trump signs a bill allocating $700 million under the coalition support fund

American President Donald Trump has signed a mammoth $700 billion defense bill to modernize and bolster US military might including the allocation of up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan under the coalition support fund. The... More

Watch Nepal, Pakistan is passe: Dawn columnist

India’s opposition party Congress politician and peace activist Mani Shankar Aiyer is being branded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling cabal as an anti-India conspirator working with Pakistan to depose the Bhartiya Janata Party... More

DGMO-level hotline between India and China in final stage

India and China are in the final stage of setting up a military hotline at the Director General of Military Operations level. Determining the protocol, possibility of having translators for Mandarin and English and... More

Political crisis rooted in clash of nationalisms: Prof. Maniruzzaman

Renowned political scientist and national professor Talukder Maniruzzaman can no longer write and can hardly speak clearly. Born Sirajganj in 1938, Talukder Maniruzzaman graduated from Dhaka University in 1961 and was subsequently awarded a... More

India refuses to condemn Trump’s Jerusalem decision

The cat is out of the bag – the Modi government will not condemn the US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The European Union, Russia, China and the... 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