China Won’t ‘Sit With Arms Crossed’ If India Sells...

India, Vietnam are planning a military deal wherein India may sell it's surface-to-air Akash missile Any moves by India to step-up military ties with Vietnam to... More

Year Review: Tailwinds continue to blow for US-India ties

For India, 2016 was a year when several trend-changing events took place, both domestically and internationally. The Modi-led government has had its hands full with... More

New strain in Indo-Lank relations over ETCA

Long-standing apprehensions about a hitch in relations between India and Sri Lanka over the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) have become a reality after... More

‘Trump will likely take on China, continue good ties...

With 10 days to go for the swearing-in ceremony for the US’s new President Donald Trump, The Hindu asked foreign policy expert David Rothkopf, CEO... More

The myth of a political bond

India’s problem with China is that Delhi’s ideas of shared global interest in the multilateral domain have run into Beijing’s calculus on the regional balance... More

Samajwadi Party United, Akhilesh Yadav Next Chief Minister, Says...

Chief Minister of Indian state Uttar Prodesh Akhilesh Yadav and estranged father Mulayam Yadav could meet Tuesday in Lucknow to revisit attempts at burying their... More

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed’s visit likely to boost ties...

After the French marching band joined the parade in 2016 in honour of Francois Hollande, the practice has caught the fancy of others as well.... More

Parliamentary Panel Summons RBI Chief Urjit Patel, Seeks Explanation

A parliamentary committee probing the government's decision to scrap Rs 500, 1,000 bank notes, has sent the Reserve Bank of India governor Urjit Patel a... More

113 upper caste, 97 Muslim candidates in BSP list...

The BSP on Sunday announced candidates for 101 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, India,  completing the exercise for all but two of the 403 constituencies,... More

More misdeeds of India’s Sahara exposed

The allegations against the Indian business giant Sahara group for tax evasion and bribing politicians are becoming increasingly evident. The company had made massive upward... More

Is India violating UN limits?

Is India violating the limits set by the UN on its development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missile? This question was raised after its... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

SOUTHERN EYE: What Trump means for Asia

(SouthAsianMonitor Exclusive): US president-elect Donald Trump has sounded very business-like in talking about relations with close allies, including those in Asia. They should pay more for... More

Chinese Media Warns Beijing Of India’s Takeover As World’s...

Apple expanding its business in India could have other tech giants follow suit and threaten China's position as the manufacturing powerhouse, Chinese state media said... More

Poll schedule for 5 Indian states announced, counting on...

Election dates of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa have been announced by the election commission. The Election Commission on Wednesday announced the poll... More

Expand partnership with US, limit rifts with China

In the last few years, India has struggled to cope with Beijing’s political expansion, military modernisation and power projection in India’s neighbourhood. As a rising China... More

More Surgical Strikes Against Pak Possible, Says Indian Army...

New Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said India has a right to take action against terror bases across the Line of Control and... More

US initiates process for resolving Pakistan-India water dispute

The US administration has initiated the process for peacefully resolving the current water dispute between India and Pakistan without waiting for an invitation to do... More

Indian SC: Candidate using religion, caste, race, community to...

The Supreme Court of India  ruled on Monday that seeking votes in the name of religion, caste, race, community or language by a candidate, his... More

Indian Intellectuals and the rooted Myth

Certain ideas, or beliefs, are gradually getting deeply rooted into the mind of Indian intellectuals. Firstly, they believe that India is almost a superpower and... More

Will 2017 be a happy new year?

We should be happy that the Indian economy, according to the government, grew at an average of 7.4 per cent (new series) in 2014-15 and... More

India’s policy shift reflects improvement in ties: Israel envoy

Israeli Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon says his government appreciates India’s stand, and a favourable “shift in position” at the UN in the past two... 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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