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US doesn’t need India, China telling us what to do: Haley


The US does not need India, China and France telling it what to do on the issue of Paris Climate agreement, American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, strongly supporting the controversial... More

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 22-29 June 2017


The UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns to London for its eighth edition this summer with a selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema, all English... More

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news …...


President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping away from its role as a leader of the... More

Protesters raise pro-Kashmir slogans outside stadium during Pak-India clash


As Pakistan and India clashed for the first time since August 2016 in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday, Kashmiris staged protests demanding freedom for the occupied territory. The demonstrators gathered and chanted “Free Kashmir”... More

Open to review of cattle slaughter notice: Environment Minister


May 23 notification not “to influence food habits, or affect slaughtering business”, the Union Environment Minister says. The government on Sunday said it was open to suggestions from various groups on the May 23 cattle... More

Arundhati Roy: Ignoring of things is as political as the addressing of them


Towards the end of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Penguin), there’s a poem by Tilottama, one of her two protagonists: “How to tell a shattered story? By slowly becoming everybody. No. By... More

India to review lofty export target


India is set to prune its ambitious export target of US$900 billion (S$1.2 trillion) as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government works on reviewing the foreign trade policy amid continued global weakness and uncertainty. The reassessment... More

Not a single bullet fired in 40 years despite border dispute with...


The world has increasingly become inter-connected and inter-dependent, a transformation that has made it necessary for India and China to cooperate on trade and investments despite a simmering border dispute, Prime Minister Narendra Modi... More

India has 31% of world’s poor kids: report


Of the India’s 217 million children, nearly 50% endure multidimensional poverty, says Oxford survey About 31% of the world’s “multidimensionally poor” children live in India, according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty and... More

Cattle sale restriction: Supply to largest fresh milk market drops 50 per...


As the West Bengal government locks horns with the Centre over its notification banning the trade of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and meat, there has been one fallout: supply to the largest... More

India scored “own goal”- China media comments on India’s economic slowdown


India's gross domestic product data shocked again on Wednesday as economic growth unexpectedly slumped to its lowest in more than two years in the March quarter, stripping the country of its status as the... More

Trump rant against India casts shadow on PM Modi visit to US


US President Donald Trump unloaded on India among other countries during an epic rant on Thursday while announcing American withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord. The shrill speech, replete with claims of American victimhood... More

Saharanpur Dalits fear they will be driven out


Dalit residents of Shabbirpur village, which witnessed caste clashes and violence last month, approached the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police of Saharanpur on Thursday, alleging that members of the dominant Thakur community... More

Indian army kills two suspected rebels in Kashmir


Indian Army claimed to have killed two suspected separatists on Thursday during a pre-dawn skirmish in India-held Kashmir, days after killing a top militant commander in the disputed territory. Indian Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia... More

Relations with India won’t be diluted due to growing ties with Pakistan:...


Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted on Thursday that Russia's "trust-based" relations with India -- which he described as one of its "closest friends" -- will not be diluted by Moscow's growing ties with Pakistan... More

India, China Struggle to Complete OBOR-Like Project in Southeast Asia


After announcing the highly ambitious Southeast Asian connectivity project in 2002, India has once again promised to expedite the India-Myanmar-Thailand project which was once touted as a rival to China's One Belt, One Road. India's... More

 Constitutional misadventure


In what can only be termed an extremely ill-advised constitutional manoeuvre, the government of India has sought to effectively prohibit cattle slaughter across the country through rules made under the Prevention of Cruelty to... More

India puts itself at risk with untested faith in private defense firms


Among the measures taken by the government, the strategic partnership policy (SPP) has been the chosen route by nominating private defense companies as “strategic partners” for building major weapons platforms including fighter jets, helicopters,... More

‘China, not India, focus of German media’


Germany may be India's closest partner in Europe but New Delhi has its work cut out to stay relevant in the continent. A day after PM Narendra Modi took off for Spain, China has occupied eyeballs... More

India is no longer the fastest-growing economy


India lost its fastest-growing major economy tag in the fourth quarter of 2016-17, with GDP growth coming in at 6.1% compared with China’s 6.9% in the same period. Data from the Ministry of Statistics on... More

India has excluded Australia from military drills to keep China happy


India has rejected an Australian request to take part in joint naval exercises with the United States and Japan for fear of antagonizing China, which has warned against expanding the drills, navy officials and... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... 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

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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 a Gorkhaland state is... More