Meeting on Darjeeling in Kolkata 29 Aug

After a 73-day bandh (strike) in the hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leaders are now under pressure. In fact, they have had to soften their stance somewhat, particularly after one of the main allies... More

US defence secy James Mattis’ India visit likely from Sept 25

US defence secretary James Mattis is expected to begin his two-day visit to India on September 25, with focus on Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and greater sharing of defence equipment and technology, government sources said on... More

China assails India over reported road project in disputed territory amid rising...

China slammed India on Thursday over a report that it plans to build a road in territory disputed between the two countries, after weeks of tension elsewhere along the border. Reports AFP. India’s newly approved... More

Kashmir policy has not changed: US

The US State Department reiterated on Wednesday that the policy of the United States regarding the Kashmir issue has not changed. Answering a question during the regular press briefing, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said... More

Swine flu cases rise 9-fold as India’s response system falters

So far this year, H1N1 or swine flu has infected 18,000 people and killed 871, a nine-fold rise over the 1,786 cases and 265 deaths reported last year. Two years after a massive outbreak in... More

Indian Supreme Court unanimously holds privacy as fundamental right

Right to privacy ruling: A nine-judge bench of the constitution bench unanimously held that right to privacy is a guaranteed fundamental right. In a landmark verdict on Thursday, the nine-judge Constitution bench of the Indian... More

Pakistan plays its trump card in dealing with Trump

Pakistan is learnt to have conveyed to the United States that it will call off its efforts in the Afghan reconciliation process if the Trump administration does not change its new policy of intimidation... More

Indus Water Treaty: Next round of Indo-Pak talks at World Bank in...

Indo-Pak delegation on Indus waters are to meet again on September 14-15 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington DC. This would be the second round of talks between the two sides within a... More

Isolation awaits India if Modi downgrades or boycotts BRICS summit

The chances of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the BRICS summit alongside China’s President Xinping in China between September 3 and 5, appear to be receding fast, with the situation on the India-China... More

Doklam stalemate may continue, says Indian defence ministry officials

The stalemate at Doklam is likely to continue till the BRICS summit early next month, Defence Ministry officials believe. “Though there may not be any talks on the standoff, there is likely to be some... More

India constructing 73 roads on border with China

Even before the unrest in Dokhlam broke out, India had been constructing a number of roads along its border with China. The combined length of the roads is around 3409 kms. The road construction has... More

In 2016-17, India’s derailment death toll highest in a decade

India’s death toll from train derailments in 2016-17 is now the highest it has been in a decade, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data tabled in the upper house of parliament, the Rajya... More

Ladakh scuffle: ‘Extremely dissatisfied’ China blames India

China laid the blame at India’s door on Monday for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both of the Asian giants. Both countries’ troops have been embroiled in... More

SC strikes down instant triple talaq, tells Centre to make law in...

The Indian Supreme Court of India struck down instant triple talaq or talaq-biddat while declaring it unconstitutional. In a 3:2 majority verdict the court held that the practise was unconstitutional and it violates fundamental... More

India imposes anti-dumping duty on tempered glass from China

India has imposed anti-dumping duty on tempered glass, used for protecting mobile phone screens, from China for five years to protect the domestic industry from below-cost imports. The Revenue Department has issued a notification imposing... More

US tough talk could push Pakistan closer to Russia, China

As the US President Donald Trump’s administration finalised its long-awaited strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan is bracing itself for ‘tough time.’ Ahead of the announcement of the much-talked about strategy that will not only cover Afghanistan... More

China-India conflict to have regional ripple effect

The tension mounting between the two rivals, China and India, is having a spillover effect in the region. And with Bangladesh considered to be its tried and tested friend, India expects full support, even... More

Mamata toughens stance against Gorkha leaders as strike takes toll on Darjeeling

State government says strike in Darjeeling must be called off, ‘absconding’ leaders turned over for any peace talks The Bengal government has hardened its stance against the Gorkhaland campaign, announcing that it will agree to... More

Speak up for Gorkhaland

The Gorkhaland Movement (or Indian-Nepalis seeking political identity) isn’t a recent phenomenon. It dates back to 1816 when two-thirds of Nepal’s territory was ceded to the British East India Company through Sugaili Treaty. The... More

High alert as violence mounts in Darjeeing again

Violence has once again emerged in the Darjeeling hills. The administration had imposed high alert in the area, following explosions on two consecutive days in Darjeeling town and Kalimpong. Extensive searches are being conducted... More

PLA holds drills amid Doklam tensions

The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Western Theater Command has conducted military exercises amid tensions in Doklam from a standoff with trespassing Indian troops. The Western Theater Command covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai, Sichuan and Chongqing. China... More


Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... 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

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... 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