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RSS key to Modi’s political rise, says China scholar


Steeled by the firepower provided by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a roll,notwithstanding latent internal tensions, says a leading Chinese... More

India protests Canadian PM’s presence at ‘Khalsa Day’


India indicated that it has taken up the issue of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attendance at a Sikh community event in Toronto that saw a felicitation of separatist elements again, after earlier protests... More

Chinese envoy repeats friendship offer to India


For the second time this year, Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has come up with a concrete plan to break the jinx causing a sharp downslide in Sino-Indian relations and put it... More

Assam to disband Madrasa, ‘mainstream’ them: Education Minister Himanta


THE BJP-LED government in Assam will soon disband the State Madrasa Board and hand over the academic part of it to the Board of Secondary Education. The Sanskrit Board will also be dissolved,... More

India petitions ICJ for stay in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence


India has moved the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stay the death sentence handed to self-confessed Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court in Pakistan. According to a statement issued by ICJ... More

The Supreme Court jailed a Calcutta High Court judge


The Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced sitting Calcutta High Court judge Justice C S Karnan to six months imprisonment. The apex court held Justice CS Karnan guilty of contempt of court for his... More

India should reconsider B & R, says Chinese media


China's Ambassador to India as well as economic experts, have raised their voices once again about the lack of India’s participation in the Belt and Road initiative. China's influential newspaper Global Times quoted... More

RSS Babies: ‘Genius’ baby engineering in India is ‘Straight out of the...


India's largest Hindu far-right organisation said it is working with expectant couples in the country to produce "customised" babies, who, they hope, will be taller, fairer and smarter than other babies, according to... More

Network is the key


Official India has turned its back on China’s celebration of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) this week in Beijing. Some in Beijing and Delhi have warned India against isolating itself... More

Calcutta HC Judge Karnan orders 5-year RI for CJI, 7 other SC...


Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan on Monday issued an order sentencing eight Supreme Court judges to five years of “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a fine of ₹10,0000 each under the Scheduled Castes... More

Brainstorming sessions of Indian Diplomats posted worldwide


To enhance India's security in what is being seen as an increasingly difficult neighbourhood, the Indian government wants to use its foreign policy for a more intense involvement in line with global developments.... More

Drones to deal with Maoists in India


At a review meeting Monday of Chief Ministers and Police Chiefs of 10 Left Wing Extremism-affected states in New Delhi, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the use of drones and the... More

China moots 4-point initiative to improve Sino-India ties


Amid increasing strain in Sino-India ties, China has proposed a four-point initiative to overcome differences and deepen relations which includes aligning its ‘One Belt One Road’ project with India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and... More

PMO, Jaitley push clears path for big private role in defence production


The Indian defence ministry seems to have unlocked the strategic partnership (SP) logjam with a firm push from the Prime Minister’s Office and sustained focus by defence minister Arun Jaitley, setting up the... More

Indian govt blocks Mamata’s China trip


The Indian government has put a damper on the plans of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to visit China this June at the invitation of the Chinese government. In view of heightened... More

Regional connectivity projects can support India’s ambitions


India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has called for an increased defense budget and insists the country should look for new allies to deal with its neighbors along the northern and western borders,... More

New defence doctrine: Indian armed forces to stretch security duty beyond borders


With growing aspirations as a nation with a greater role in the new world order, India strives for more intense involvement with global developments. Itprepares to use its geographical location and multifaceted national... More

Hindu priest to take ‘trained’ stone-pelters to Kashmir


A saint from Uttar Pradesh plans to take ''trained'' stone pelters to Kashmir valley to what he says ''counter'' attackers on the army and give the ''anti-national'' elements a ''befitting reply''. The saint Arun... More

Jaishankar wants navy to be combat-ready


Days after China released its first home-made aircraft carrier in the ocean, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told top naval commanders to reduce the downtime for warships so that maximum number of naval vessels... More

UN criticizes India for religious intolerance


Only 20 days left for the third anniversary of the Modi government in power. Amid preparation for the celebration of achievements in the last three years, the government has received an unexpected blow... More

Bi-polar politics enters the West Bengal scene

West Bengal politics at present is rife with threats and counter threats between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee portrays herself as a proper Hindu, but accused... More

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Corruption without borders

The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

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The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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... More