New Delhi sends Two additional Army Battalions to kill...

Two additional Army battalions -- about 2,000 men -- have started moving into four troubled South Kashmir districts, being described as the new "ground zero"... More

Indian Presidential Election: Dalit vs Dalit

Ever since the BJP named Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president, the Congress and other opposition political parties... More

No respite for Kashmir as killings continue unabated

Violence continues unabated in India’s only Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state as armed clashes between militants and government forces refuse to cease even... More

There is room for rethink on Jadhav, says envoy...

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, indicating a softening of stance towards RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, has said that there is ‘room for rethink’... More

Indian Army rejects Made in India rifles after they...

The Army has rejected an indigenously built assault rifle, citing poor quality and ineffective fire power, and is soon likely to take a fresh call... More

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley postpones Dhaka trip

The July trip of Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to Bangladesh has been postponed. The decision to stall the visit was officially conveyed to the Bangladeshi... More

Celebrating Pakistan win, 17 men charged with sedition in...

Fifteen men who allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans and burst crackers in Mohad village of Madhya Pradesh’s Burhapur district after India’s defeat in the ICC Champions... More

China says it will link Pakistan corridor with project...

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be connected to a corridor that involves India, Bangladesh and Myanmar through the sea, Beijing announced on Tuesday in... More

Former Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan, on run for...

Former Calcutta high court judge C S Karnan's life as a fugitive for 43 days ended abruptly on Tuesday when a team of West Bengal... More

Indian President polls: BJP’s masterstroke

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah have delivered a political masterstroke in choosing Ram Nath Kovind as the party's candidate for... More

BJP’s surprise presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind

Bharatiya Janata Party has come up with a surprise candidate for India’s next presidential election, Bihar’s Governor. While many names had been mulled over for... More

Ram Nath Kovind had opposed SC status for Dalit...

Ram Nath Kovind, when he was a BJP spokesperson, had objected to the proposed inclusion of Dalit Christians and Muslims in the Scheduled Caste category... More

India, China call for greater engagement with BRICS nations

India, on Monday (19 June), pitched for a greater engagement with BRICS nations which have steadily expanded its agenda from financial matters to security and... More

Ahead of Modi’s visit to Israel, looking back at...

Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Israel – the first by an Indian prime minister – will be a new landmark in India’s relations with that country. Our... More

Stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir start...

As the dispute regarding the title in the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi case continues to be pending before the Supreme Court, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has in... More

On president poll, Shiv Sena rejects Amit Shah proposal

BJP chief Amit Shah's meeting with ally and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Presidential elections generated an impasse today. Sena sources said... More

Mamata sees conspiracy in Darjeeling chaos

West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee sees a deep conspiracy behind the escalating chaos in Darjeeling. Speaking on Friday to the media in Kolkata, she... 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

Adityanath: Foreign dignitaries are now being gifted the Gita...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath on Thursday said the Taj Mahal did not “reflect Indian culture”, The Telegraph reported. He was addressing a rally in Bihar’s Darbhanga... More

Five Indian policemen, two civilians killed in Kashmir clashes

Five Indian police personnel were killed Friday when Kashmiri rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle in India-held Kashmir (IHK), while two civilians... More

If not Mohan Bhagwat, make MS Swaminathan the next...

After pitching for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, Shiv Sena on Friday also proposed the name of leading agriculture scientist... More


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


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



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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