India all set to get Missile Armed Drones from Israel

India's first missile armed drones that will give it the capability to carry out stand off cross-border strikes are ready in Israel, ahead of the first ever visit to the nation... More

China, India, Dalai Lama and Tawang

The Dalai Lama’s recent engagements have been far less reassuring for some, rubbing them up the wrong way. Beijing, for one, is losing sleep over his planned trip this week to... More

Will Mamata meet Hasina? It’s a suspense

Till Sunday evening, Trinamool Congress leaders were in the dark about the travel plans of party chairperson and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Delhi later this week. President Pranab Mukherjee has... More

China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

China and India, on paper at least, are very close partners. Both Asian Giants are members of BRICS, and the latter in poised to officially enter the SCO later this year.... More

China asks India for caution, restraint on Tawang rail link

China asked India to exercise "restraint" on its plan to link the strategic border district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with a railway network+ , saying any "unilateral action" might "complicate"... More

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Writing off Rahul Gandhi will be unwise

If cricket is a game of “glorious uncertainties” even for the best teams, so is politics. And as the late Indian political maverick George Fernandez told this writer: “No politician can... More

Malaysian PM visits India to boost ties

Malaysia is looking to expand investment in India across sectors such as infrastructure, telecom, IT, banking, ecommerce and healthcare, according to the Southeast Asian nation's trade and industry minister, Mustapa Mohamed. At... More

Permitting Dalai Lama in Arunachal is India’s mistake: China

China officially said that India is committing a major mistake in allowing Dalai Lama to visit the controversial border state Arunachal Pradesh. "This will have serious damage on bilateral relations (sic)," Chinese... More

Cow slaughter law amended in Gujarat; penalty raised to life in...

The Gujarat Assembly on Friday cleared a tough amendment to the law against cow slaughter in the state, increasing the punishment for such slaughter to life imprisonment. The older law, amended in... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama visits Tawang

The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled... More

How India’s tallest flag at Pakistan border keeps letting it down

India’s tallest flag, which towers over the border with Pakistan, keeps letting it down as it cannot stand up to the weather. The flag which was built with the aim to be... More

Geopolitical bias hinders India in benefitting from Belt & Road initiative

At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the Belt and Road summit will be held in May in Beijing. The summit, the first of... More

South Asia no longer in India’s own sphere of influence

India has long considered some South Asian countries, Bangladesh included, as part of its area of influence, but a constantly changing situation - in which economic ties between South Asia and... More

India Commissions Amphibious Landing Craft Near Malacca Straits

The Indian Navy commissioned the first of its eight-landing craft utility (LCU) at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, close to the Malacca Strait. LCUs are meant to transport military equipment like... More

Namaz postures similar to Surya Namaskar: Yogi Adityanath

Without asking Muslims to perform Surya Namaskar, UttarPradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that it has many similarities to Namaz (Muslims form of prayer). He also thanked Prime Minister... More

$59bn worth of Defence procurement cleared by Modi Govt. in 3...

A whopping Rs4 lakh crore ($59-bn) worth of military procurement involving 136 proposals were cleared by the government in the last three years as part of efforts to modernise the armed... More

Indian-American Killed In Hit-And-Run, Wife Critically Injured

An Indian American man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in the US state of Indiana. Anshul Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife... More

BJP in a fix over Babri mosque legal battle

After the astonishing success in recently held state elections in India, Babri Masjid demolition case could become a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The incident that left... More

Modi’s Alarming Power Grab

Relatively quietly, India's government has just undertaken an unprecedented power grab -- one that should worry not just citizens and taxpayers but also foreign investors. And it comes in the most... More

Indian Neighbourhood defence

What we see today is the geographic expansion of the Chinese defence profile way beyond Pakistan to cover India’s other neighbours in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. India’s plans to sign... More

India’s Aircraft deal with Russia terminated, ready to buy Spike missile...

India and Russia decided to terminate a bilateral defense program on 24 March according to a senior Russian official. This so-called Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA) program was aimed at developing and... More


The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine -- centered in the Mayu mountains... More

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More


Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed... More

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... 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... More

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