Centre for tripartite talks on Gorkha unrest

The Centre has called for tripartite talks with West Bengal and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on June 19 to end the current phase of... More

Hang those who eat beef

The All India Hindu Convention has raised concern over Indian democracy and increasing secularism which is becoming a problem to establish Hindu Rashtra in India.... More

Perpetually abroad, Modi loses sight of the grassroots mauled...

With an insatiable thirst for foreign travel (over 64 jaunts since he came to power three years ago), India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to... More

CPI-M wants reduced Indo-US Military Ties after SCO Membership

Membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) gives a good opportunity to India to reduce its military and security ties with the US and also... More

US urges India, Pakistan to hold direct talks

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold his first interaction with US President Donald Trump, Washington is urging both India and Pakistan... More

Presidential Election: In for a surprise

WITH less than eight weeks left for the new President to be elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again reminds the opposition parties of the... More

As Indian wins place on ITLOS, government likely to...

After getting its nominee elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday, the Indian government is likely to re-nominate... More

Alleged suicide by farmer in Chouhan’s home district

A debt-ridden farmer in Sehore — the home district of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan — allegedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous... 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

Unrest again in Darjeeling over separate Gorkhaland

Darjeeling faces unrest as the tussle between the West Bengal government and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has once again revived the demand for a... More

Old torpedoes make Indian submarine fleet defenseless

With the recent cancellation of a $200 million contract for 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes, the Indian Navy’s new submarine fleet continues to lack adequate... More

India stuck with $300 Bn electronics bill

While India ponders cutting imports of gold and defense expenses, a study revealed New Delhi needs to control its spending on electronic goods, including smartphones,... More

BJP forms panel to select presidential candidate

With India’s Election Commission having announced the election schedule, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unwilling to delay any further in selecting their candidate. Prime... More

Justice Karnan retires while absconding

Justice CS Karnan has created a record by retiring while absconding. This former judge of Kolkata high court has created history by being India’s judge... More

Rajasthan vigilantes try to burn truck of cows meant...

The five trucks carrying 80 head of cattle, which cow vigilantes had stopped just outside Barmer on Sunday night, were being taken for a flagship... More

‘Gorkhaland’ movement Intensifies: GJM begins indefinite strike

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will go on an indefinite strike from Monday  demanding a separate state of 'Gorkhaland'. "We will go on strike from Monday.... More

Congress leader apologises after ‘gali ka gunda’ remark against...

Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday withdrew his controversial statement made on army chief General Bipin Rawat and tendered an apology for the same. “I genuinely... More

Maharashtra govt announces blanket loan waiver, farmers call off...

Clearing the decks for an end to the ongoing agitation by farmers in the state, the Maharashtra government Sunday announced a blanket loan waiver, the... More

Indians in Qatar fear the worst in gulf crisis...

Indians in Qatar are concerned about their safety due to the current crisis the Persian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and... 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

Cong. demands PM’s apology on Shah’s ‘clever Bania’ remark

The Congress on Saturday demanded that BJP president Amit Shah, the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi “apologise to the families of our freedom fighters... 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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