Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

SOUTHERN EYE: Payback Time For India

(Exclusive): The Mughals and the British realized it would never be easy to manage Bengalis – much as the Afghans. Fiercely independent, argumentative, proud of their own language and culture, and combative if not... More

India changing attitude towards trans-continental connectivity!

India has invited six countries including Pakistan to create a trans-continental rail network amid its long opposition to China initiated One Belt One Road (OBOR) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is being hinted... More

Indian plan to buy Russian arms in jeopardy

India’s plans to procure strategic defence equipment from Russia including contracts of $5.5 billion for shipbuilding appear to be in jeopardy because Russian firms are unable to furnish the requisite guarantees from Indian banks... More

CHATRAK : A cinematic  introspection into the trapped soul of Kolkata

Out there, in seemingly split second distance, is the shimmer of the dark green forest. The strands of sun escape through the scalp of the sky, past the shoulders of the trees and almost... More

Ajit Doval in Israel: Strategic Partnership at an all time high

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has held talks with Israel's top leadership as part of preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's likely visit, the first by an Indian premier to the Jewish country. Modi... More

India’s Participation in CPEC: The Ifs and Buts

At the recently concluded Raisina Dialogue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that “only by respecting the sovereignty of countries involved, can regional connectivity corridors fulfil their promise and avoid differences and discord.”1 The Prime... More

Pranab Mukherjee On Campus Violence: ‘No Room In India For Intolerant Indian’

President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday weighed in on the debate on free speech and nationalism following last week's violence at Ramjas College, saying there is "no room in India for the intolerant Indian". At the... More

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley to visit Dhaka

Preparations have been on for quite some time now regarding Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s impending visit to India. Ministers and government officials have been visiting Bangladesh frequently as part of the process. Manohar Parrikar’s visit... More

Feeble Indian navy sets target to dominate Indian Ocean by 2020

Can India achieve its target of ensuring their foothold in the Indian Ocean by 2020? Russian media outlet Sputnik raised this question by saying that Delhi wants to dominate a region where China has... More

Gauging the breeze in Manipur

Manipur is to vote in two phases, on March 4 and 8, to elect the 60 members of the Legislative Assembly. The term of the current Legislative Assembly ends on March 18. In the... More

Dalit sarpanch killed in Gujarat

The victim won the recent village panchayat elections and became a sarpanch in upper castes-dominated Varsada village. A 25-year-old Jaysukh Madhad, a Dalit Sarpanch in a village in Amreli district of Gujarat, was hacked to... More

Chinese state media says India should accept asymmetry with Beijing

India should acknowledge "asymmetry" in its ties with China and learn from Beijing how it took a "back seat" to maximise gains from bilateral ties with the US, state-run Chinese media said today. "One lesson... More

Fruits of patience

Strategic patience is a virtue in statecraft. But it is not about passive and endless waiting. It demands persistent pursuit of one’s goals and seizing the moment when the circumstances turn more favourable. It... More

Experts suggest India to reap benefits of the ‘strategic dialogue’

India and China have held first ever ‘strategic dialogue’ in Beijing in last week of February. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led their respective sides in the... More

Indian Military to Aim Pellet Guns at the Feet of Protesting Kashmiris

India's Central Reserve Police Force, responsible for handling protests in Kashmir, has said that a softer version of weapon would be used against protesters in Indian administered Kashmir. "The pellet guns are one of the... More

No alternative to unity among parties to end deadlock: Ex-prez Yadav

Former Nepal President Ram Baran Yadav on Monday expressed his worry about the ongoing political deadlock in the country and said the only way to resolve the impasse is unity among the political parties. Inaugurating... More

India prepares new war plan for Bay of Bengal

India goes for new war plan to counter increasing threat in and around Indian Ocean including Bay of Bengal. India’s war doctrine, till now, hinged on a possible two-pronged adversarial scenario keeping Pakistan and... More

Experts for “urgent review” of Farakka Barrage

Echoing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s concern, India's river and environment experts urged government to review the effectiveness of Farakka Barrage. They are claiming that Farakka Barrage had failed to fulfill any of the... More

Kargil martyr’s daughter gets rape threat for opposing BJP student wing

The Delhi University student, whose social media campaign against Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a student union linked to the ruling BJP, recently went viral, alleged on Sunday to have received “rape threats”. Gurmehar Kaur, daughter... More

To say that Rahul Gandhi needs to mature is disservice to both...

  If this was meant to be defence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s track record, it seems to have backfired at least going by social media reactions. Congress leader Sheila Dikshit’s remark that Rahul Gandhi... More

India fails to substantiate claim of Pakistan’s involvement in Uri attack

India’s National Investigative Agency (NIA) has decided to file a closure report after failing to find any evidence against two men from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) whom it accused of facilitating the Uri... More


Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More


Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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... More