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Architectural history – an essential to understand the future


For Farhan Karim of Bangladesh origin, the knowledge and introspection that architectural history offers is an education that is needed for society in essence to understand not so much the past but the... More

As Doklam embers die down, India puts finishing touches to China-centric research...


In early October, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued a circular calling for consultants from the private sector. Hardly a new occurrence – the ministry, in its mission to tap external talent,... More

From enigmatic Sonia Gandhi to impulsive Rahul Gandhi, Congress is set for...


As Rahul Gandhi gets ready to take over as Congress president in the coming weeks – with Sonia Gandhi having told the news channel NDTV on October 13 that “it is now happening” – there... More

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River could fuel more conflicts in the country


Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called... More

60+ is India’s fastest growing demographic. Yet, public policy largely ignores the...


Kisturi Devi, 62, lives with her two daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren in Ballana village of Alwar district in Rajasthan. All three women are widowed. Since 2013, Devi has been receiving an old-age pension... More

America’s ‘new’ Afghanistan policy no more than a facelift


South Asia had its fingers crossed as it waited to hear the new US administration’s policy on the region, which usually revolves around the never-ending dilemma that is Afghanistan. However, once it was... More

Modi’s promise of a ‘New India’ looks shaky amid economic chaos


Suddenly, the BJP is feeling besieged by news of economic distress all around. After a badly botched up demonetisation exercise, we are seeing an equally botched up implementation of the GST which has sent small... More

Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech


The much discussed speech by Congress scion Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the guest of honour, can be singled out from his previous speeches on one visible... More

Bangladeshis accuse Myanmar of attempting to overwrite history


As hundreds of thousands fled violence in Myanmar, a statement by the country’s powerful military chief further shocked the world with an attempt at concocting a revisionist history. Reports  bdnews24.com . Amid the reports... More

Modi’s visit won’t push Myanmar away from China toward India


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi during his three-day visit to Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month. Following Htin Kyaw's and Suu Kyi's... More

Public anger brews in Bangladesh over India’s stance on Rohingya crisis


The dissatisfaction in Dhaka has been building up steadily. While India had given its full backing to the internationally-isolated Myanmar government on the Rohingya crisis, it had to face the reality that those... More

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties


Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having spent US$1 trillion on... More

Xi chairs summit to set course for next golden decade of BRICS


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday chaired the ninth BRICS summit, calling on the group of five emerging economies to intensify cooperation and contribute more to a world troubled by protectionism and imbalanced... More

India banned cash to fight corruption. It didn’t work


Nearly 10 months after India’s unprecedented ban on high value notes that was designed to tackle entrenched corruption, bribery continues to oil the wheels of business in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to a... More

New US strategy for Afghanistan


As the new US administration mulls over how to best deal with the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban have sent an open letter to Trump advising him to completely pull US troops out of... More

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of leadership transition, has likely averted months of political turmoil. A decision... More

Stung by Ansari’s observations, Modi and BJP take potshots at outgoing VP


His tenure was distinguished and the time he spent in office is matched only by S. Radhakrishnan but Mohammad Hamid Ansari will probably go down in the history books as the vice-president who received the... More

Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?


During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Australia. In South Asia, they built the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and the Hambantota Port in... More

How JR was coerced by New Delhi to sign the Indo-Lanka Accord...


Thirty years ago, on this day (July 29th. 1987) an accord was signed by the then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and Junius Richard Jayawardene the then President of Sri Lanka in Colombo... More

Malabar 2017: Does India have a friend in the Japanese Navy?


The recent participation of Japanese warships JS Izumo and JS Sazanami in the trilateral Malabar 2017 naval exercises (along with the Indian and US navies) marks the beginning of a new phase in... More

Is India moving towards a civil war?


In the name of cow protection, the self-proclaimed cow protector’s unleashed violence in several parts of India. Increasing incidents of ‘Mob Lynching’ and the silence of Modi government have encouraged the gau-rakshaks (cow... More

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A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh are cases in... More

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the high Himalayas with China. While... More

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?

Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now ‘proven’ and ‘well-established’ involvement in corruption and money-laundering. Or is it? History tells us... More

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Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

Saudi – “Israeli” Leaks: Collusion or opportunism?

Saudi Arabia and “Israel” are very close with one another behind the scenes despite each actor’s public rhetoric to the contrary, and Riyadh might in all likelihood... More

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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... More