INTERVIEW

INTERVIEW

‘The frictions in the Rakhine state are less about Islamophobia than Rohingya-phobia’


Photographs of terrified Muslim men, women and children fleeing the Rakhine state of Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh in the last few weeks have made the global community take note of... More

‘Indus treaty can’t be revoked unilaterally’


In its anti-Pakistan rhetoric following Islamabad’s recent diplomatic effort to highlight the Kashmir issue, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been whipping up ideas to scrap... More

‘Dhaka can’t wait until India and China change their stance on Rohingya...


In an interview with the Dhaka Tribune’s Tarek Mahmud, Professor Ali Riaz of Politics and Government Department of Illinois State University in United States of America talks about the ongoing Rohingya crisis. With Bangladesh’s... More

Over 1,000 killed in Myanmar violence, says UN Special Rapporteur


UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in... More

Two Asian giants must cohabitate in peace: M.K. Bhadrakumar


It's been nearly two months since the India-China military standoff in Doklam. Global Times (GT) reporter Gu Di interviewed M.K. Bhadrakumar, a former Indian diplomat, by e-mail to talk from... More

Situation in Rakhine is not a positive curve : EU Ambassador Roland...


A wide-ranging Interview with EU Ambassador Roland Kobia to Myanmar by the Global New Light of Myanmar and MRTV touched upon democratic and economic reform, peace process and bilateral... More

India haunted by innocent victim mentality


The 1970 book India's China War is considered an authoritative analysis of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Author Neville Maxwell (Maxwell) points out in the book that India provoked China... More

Asserting your nationalism day in, day out is unnecessary: Hamid Ansari


In conversation with Karan Thapar on his last day as vice president, Hamid Ansari talked about growing intolerance, aggressive nationalism, the government’s political inaction on Kashmir and more. In a... More

‘Modi will eventually defeat himself’: Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy


Jaipal Reddy, who was an important Congress strategist when the party came back to power in May 2004, insisted during an interview with The Wirethat Narendra Modi will “defeat himself” in... More

‘It is terrorism of a different nature’


It is generally believed that the making and construction of identities necessitates the creation of certain historical facts. The creation of a pan-Hindu identity and, by corollary, a Hindu... More

The only way to deal with the Chinese is directly, says Shivshankar...


As the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in controversial territory of the Doklam plateau enters its second month, former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, who is an old China... More

U Zaw Htay: Kofi Annan Commission is Govt ‘Shield’


U Zaw Htay, government spokesperson and director-general of the President’s Office recently talked to The Irrawaddy about the threats facing Rakhine State and press freedom in Myanmar. Question: Fourteen parties... More

‘It’s a semi-fascist rule’: Ram Puniyani


Communal politics in India is primarily due to absence of land reforms; absence of process of secularisation and failure to reduce the hold of clergy, says Dr Ram Puniyani. Dr... More

Air Corridor Important but we will not give up efforts for rail-road...


Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali discusses the creation of the Afghanistan-India Air Freight corridor, regional connectivity, bilateral trade and more. Last week, India and Afghanistan established the first direct air freight corridor,... More

We have to keep the door open for possibilities: Abdul Basit


Abdul Basit’s tenure as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India began in March 2014, a few months before the NDA government assumed office. The last three years have seen many... More

I know PM Modi well … There is nothing wrong if a...


Former President, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath of the Cabinet reshuffle... 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... More

‘Curbs on cattle sale violate human rights, against Constitution’


Selvagomathy, Managing Trustee of Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Foundation for Social Legal Education and Development, a non-governmental organisation based in Madurai, took centre stage on Tuesday by filing a... More

‘Some people feel they can commit any crime with impunity’


Kazi Reazul Huq joined the civil service in 1973. He became a member of the Human Rights Commission in June 2010 and continued in this capacity till 22 June... More

‘Kashmir Could Lead To A Nuclear Accident If There Are No Talks’


In Kashmir, the students are protesting in the streets ­demanding azadi, while the Election Commission of India has cancelled the Lok Sabha ­bypolls in Anantnag. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq of... More

We want India in peace process, says Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas


Palestinian President calls for international involvement in peace making. In an interview to The Hindu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel is working against the two-state solution, and strong... More

COLUMN

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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READER'S VIEW

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