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INTERVIEW

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 free-wheeling conversation... 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 2019 as... 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 Rashtra has... More

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


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 hand, says... 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 including the... 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 Ram Puniyani... More

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


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, with a flight... 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 low points... More

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


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 and his... More

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


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... 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 public interest... 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 2016. In... More

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


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 the All... 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 international backing... More

‘It is up to India’s neighbours to decide or make a...


Professor Hu Shisheng, Director at the Institute of South and Southeast Asian and Oceanian Studies at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, keeps a close eye on Nepal issues. Sanjeev Giri... More

Russia’s move to bring peace in Afghanistan is certainly a welcome...


For years, former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has been outspoken in his criticism of U.S. action in the war on terror. But in the aftermath of American forces dropping a massive... More

Is China-US confrontation on the horizon?


As the world's two most influential powers, the future relations between China and the US have garnered worldwide attention. Recently, the Russia Today (RT) talked with Wang Wen (Wang), dean of... More

‘No question of deferring entire election’

Nepal's Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak is an MP belonging to CPN (Maoist Center) from Siraha district. Nayak, who is a close aide of Prime Minister... More

US Ambassador to Burma: ‘We Urge All Parties to End the...


In an interview at the US Embassy in Rangoon recently, The Irrawaddy’s editor Kyaw Zwa Moe talked to the US Ambassador to Burma, Scot Marciel about the country’s troubles and achievements... More

Farooq Abdullah: Wake up India, talk to Pakistan or lose Kashmir


National Conference chief and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah, who is contesting the state by-elections from Srinagar, said that the violence and loss of lives during... More

‘India cannot ignore our rights to Teesta water’


Prominent Bangladeshi hydrology expert Dr Ainun Nishat sits down with the Dhaka Tribune to discuss the much-talked-about issue of sharing Teesta water between Bangladesh and India. Excerpts: Q: As we have learnt,... More

COLUMN

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... 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

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