India-US trade feud reaches critical turn, casts shadow on newfound bonhomie

US businesses and diplomats are pressing India to cut tariffs, industry and government sources say, after New Delhi's move to increase customs duties on dozens of products to help its flagship Make-in-India drive aggravated... More

PLA equips ground unit along Indian border with US army-style combat gear

China has equipped a branch of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) deployed along the Indian border with a powerful US-style integrated individual soldier combat system to prepare for a future "informatised warfare", a media... More

Assam is heading to be India’s Rakhine

Even as millions of people in India’s north-eastern Assam state wait nervously to know whether they are citizens or foreigners, the country’s Army Chief has lobbed a political grenade by stating that immigration from... More

British defence industry body ADS Group quits India

Even as New Delhi and London talk up the importance of their “strategic partnership” and exchange top-level political visits, the UK defence industry is thinning out from India. Business Standard learns UK defence industry body... More

Delhi’s ‘lost’ Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi reopened on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India’s sprawling and smog-choked capital. The 90-acre garden was formally... More

Army chief’s remark stokes political row in India

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has sparked a political row with his remarks that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing faster than the BJP in Assam because of the... More

India media uses fake news to drive a wedge between China and...

Pakistan's senate on Tuesday (Feb 20) denied that the country will include Mandarin as an official language, saying the country is merely encouraging the learning of the language to further its cooperation with China. The... More

Bangladesh fears exodus of Bengalis from Assam

The ongoing process of compiling the National Register of Citizens in Assam may trigger an exodus of Bengalis and create one more Rohingya-like refugee crisis for Bangladesh, senior officials of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s... More

India, China, Nepal should step up interaction for win-win outcomes: Beijing

India, China and Nepal should step up "sound interaction for win-win outcomes", Beijing on Thursday (Feb 22) said as it congratulated the new Nepalese government headed by K P Oli. After winning the recent parliamentary... More

India’s drone crashes into farmer’s field during trial

A video has emerged that shows a small drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle that crashed during a trial in a farmer's field near Chitradurga in Karnataka, about 200 km from Bengaluru. The drone... More

‘Deeply dismayed’ over extension of Emergency in Maldives: India

India on Wednesday said it was "deeply dismayed" by the extension of Emergency in neighbouring Maldives by 30 days. It also expressed concern over the "manner" in which the extension was approved by the island... More

A PIL rekindles debate on Indian Army’s role in furtherance of caste

A public interest litigation (PIL) filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court has reignited a particularly vexed debate about a fiercely defended tradition of one of the country's most hallowed institutions. A 19-year-old college student... More

China wanted to split India, Bhutan through Doklam: Shivshankar Menon

China's political goal was to "split" India and Bhutan over the Doklam standoff, India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said on Wednesday while appreciating the way the government handled the issue. Menon, who was... More

Time to reflect on advancing ties with Bhutan: Sushma

As India and Bhutan celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday (Feb 21) said that it is an opportunity to reflect about further advancing ties between... More

Pellet gun victims stage protest in Srinagar  

The Jammu and Kashmir Pellet Victims Association staged a protest at Srinagar's Press Enclave in India-held Kashmir on Tuesday (Feb 20). The group, a gathering of victims of pellet guns fired by Indian security forces... More

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister... More

China upgrades airspace defense in west to counter threat from India

China is upgrading its Western Theater Command in order to confront any threat from India, a Chinese military specialist said after photographs of a J-10 jet flying over the high-altitude plateau in western China... More

Appeal filed with HC against BD opposition leader’s sentence

A day after receiving the certified copy of the lower court verdict, lawyers of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the High Court challenging her sentence in the Zia... More

Publication of NRC in Assam: SC says ‘no’ to extension of deadline

Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb 20) declined pleas to extend the date for the final publication of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam by two months from May 31 to July 31... More

Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of... More

India expects Maldives to end emergency, implement top court order

India on Tuesday (Feb 20) urged the Maldives government against seeking an extension of the state of emergency and resume the political process with immediate effect. The island nation has been embroiled in fresh political... More


The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against...

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but also very embarrassing for the Sk. Hasina’s government. It makes the Awami League Government of Bangladesh look like a helpless... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More