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45% Indians paid bribe in past one year: Survey


A survey across 11 states in India by corruption watchdog Transparency International saw 45% of the respondents claim they paid a bribe at least once in the past year to get work done. The... More

New Delhi to host Russian, Chinese, Indian foreign ministers today


China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are visiting India for the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministerial meeting today (Dec. 11) hosted by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, which is happening... More

China trying to meddle into India’s northeast insurgency issue: security sources


The security agencies of India are extremely worried over the way China has been trying to meddle into insurgency of northeastern states operating from their bases in Myanmar. Disclosing that security agencies have definite information... 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

U.S. military firms want security of classified defence info in India for...


Leading U.S. defence firms are pushing for a specific framework in India to ensure the safety and security of critical technology and classified defence information when they are shared with the Indian private sector... More

India should apologize for drone intrusion


An Indian unmanned aerial vehicle entered Chinese territory and crashed in the border area close to India's Sikkim State. The Chinese military's Western Theater Command and the foreign ministry called the incident an "intrusion"... More

45% BJP candidates in UP civic poll lost their deposits


Almost half of the Bharatiya Janata Party candidates in the recently-concluded civic polls in Uttar Pradesh lost their deposits. According to a Times of India report, in the 652 urban local bodies, which include... More

Rajnath proposes J&K-like grid on Bangladesh front to check infiltration


Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday (Dec. 7) enlisted the cooperation of all five states sharing their boundary with Bangladesh to create a foolproof mechanism to secure the border and stressed on the... More

Japan ‘cautious’ about investing in Chabahar port


Once thought to be keen on investing in the strategic Chabahar port development project in Iran, Japan now seems to be hedging its bets. A person familiar with the developments said Japan was “cautious” about... More

Wassenaar Arrangement admits India as 42nd member


The Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) on export control for conventional arms, dual-use goods and technologies has admitted India as its 42nd member. The decision was taken during the WA's two-day plenary meeting in Vienna. This... More

Upgrade of India’s Mirage fighter fleet in jeopardy as maintenance contracts lapse


The upgrade of India’s Mirage 2000-H fleet could face a roadblock, after the maintenance warranty from original equipment manufacturers Dassault Aviation and Thales of France expired with nobody willing to continue footing the bill. The... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific


In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic,... More

Chinese military strongly condemns Indian drone intrusion


A Chinese military official said Thursday (Dec. 7) that China strongly opposes the intrusion of an unmanned Indian aerial vehicle (UAV) into Chinese airspace, with experts calling India's behavior aggressive and that China will... More

Delhi is India’s most dangerous metropolis, had highest incidence of murder, rape,...


Delhi had the highest incidence of murder, rape and abduction among 19 cities with populations more than 2 million, national crime data for the year 2016, released on November 30, 2017, show. Further, Delhi also... More

Indian PM Modi fights to protect home base in election


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the final phase of campaigning on Thursday (Dec 7) to retain power in his home state and stave off the most serious challenge yet from a combined... More

India grapples with how to clean delicate Taj Mahal dome


Authorities in India are trying to figure out how workers will scale the Taj Mahal’s majestic but delicate dome as they complete the first thorough cleaning of the World Heritage site since it was... More

China says no room for India in NSG yet


China on Thursday (Dec. 7) asserted its opposition to India's membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying there is no change in its stand and efforts were on to forge "consensus" among... More

The Brahmaputra conundrum


Indian strategists should prepare for a possible river diversion by China The news that China is planning to divert the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (the upper stream of India’s Brahmaputra) to its water-starved Xinjiang... More

Rahul Gandhi has much to prove as Congress chief


For all the contrived drama - 89 nomination papers bearing a single name, seeking the blessings of party elders, insistence on "due process" etc - Rahul Gandhi's impending shedding of his "vice" (Vice President... More

Indian Supreme Court to hear Rohingya petition on January 31


The Supreme Court of India has scheduled the hearing for Rohingya refugees deportation on January 31. The apex court has posted all petitions relating to the deportation of Muslim Rohingya refugees for a detailed hearing in January. The... More

India using scare tactics on US over China’s submarine program: Expert


India wants to incite the US to partner with it in containing China by saying that China's submersible development program is a challenge to the US Navy's aircraft carriers, a Chinese expert said. India should... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More