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Women targeted by Modi to help him retain power in India


As more women go out to vote in India while their male counterparts stay home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is shifting attention and planning a raft of female-focused policies before the 2019 national election. Following... More

New Delhi Gains Partners With Quad Engagement, Experts Advise Caution


US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has advocated establishing a definite structure within the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad by formally including India in the grouping. While speaking at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea... More

What kind of military power is India?


India is a country with the world’s third largest military by personal strength. It also has the world’s 5th largest defence budget and is a growing economic and military power that is flexing its... More

Nepal govt-in-waiting to revive scrapped Chinese dam project, officials say


The leftist alliance that is likely to form Nepal’s new government wants to attract more Chinese investment, including reviving a cancelled dam project, according to a senior member of the group. Leaders of the Communist... More

The missing Muslim representation in Gujarat assembly election 2017


According to 2011 census, Muslims are the biggest minority in Gujarat accounting for 9.65 per cent of the population. Despite this high representation, only two Muslims were elected as MLAs in the state assembly... More

US backs Russian investment in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline


The United States supports infrastructure investment by Russia – an arch rival of America in global politics – in laying an offshore gas pipeline from Iran as it will give a boost to Pakistan’s... More

In Bangladesh, locals living near Rohingya camps hope for quick repatriation of...


The continuous influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar has fuelled concerns among the local populace, who fear that the refugees will drastically alter the landscape of the coastal district. The current exodus from... More

China drive a hard bargain with Pakistan in CPEC talks


Pakistan appea­red to have been pushed hard by the Chinese side to give in more than it secured in return during the recently held 7th joint cooperation committee (JCC) meeting of the China-Pakistan Economic... More

In pro-China Oli, India faces a Himalayan foreign policy challenge


The government of India has been busy flogging Pakistan this election season but it's Nepal which has thrown up one of the biggest challenges for India's neighbourhood policy in recent times. After the communists... More

India has ‘zero sum’ mentality in the region, says China


New Delhi’s outdated strategic mentality cannot “dampen the strong enthusiasm” in the region for deepening cooperation with Beijing, Chinese state media has claimed. The Global Times, an excitable tabloid that often reflects party thinking, said... More

Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist ‘cover-up’


The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka’s monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the... More

Russia favours dialogue with the Taliban: Lavrov


An inclusive political dialogue for peace in Afghanistan should include the Taliban and other regional countries, said Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov here on Monday (Dec. 11). He said Russia had in the past... More

Russia pitches for India’s participation in OBOR


Russia pitched for India joining China's One Belt One Road initiative and hoped that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from the mega connectivity project without sacrificing its position on the... More

US, Afghan forces launch offensive to block Daesh expansion in Afghanistan


US and Afghan special operations groups are preparing an offensive against Daesh strongholds in northwestern Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the fractured militant group from continuing their expansion into Afghanistan’s northern provinces. Afghan Defense... More

In first winter stay, 1,800 Chinese troops camping at Doklam


Around 1,600-1,800 Chinese troops have now virtually established a permanent presence in the Doklam+ area, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction, with the construction of two helipads, upgraded roads, scores of pre-fabricated huts, shelters and stores... More

What Left alliance’s victory in Nepal elections would mean for India


Nepal’s Left alliance—forged between the country’s former Maoist rebels and the Communists—seemed headed for a victory in elections aimed at completing the Himalayan nation’s transition to democracy after the abolition of monarchy and an... More

China acted firmly to end Doklam standoff but ties with India important:...


China acted firmly but with restraint in resolving the Doklam military standoff, diplomatically ensuring India withdrew its “trespassing” troops from the area, foreign minister Wang Yi has said. Wang’s remarks that Beijing’s stance reflected its... More

CPEC carries no hidden agenda: Chinese envoy


Top Chinese diplomat in Islamabad Yao Jing has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor neither carries any hidden agenda nor has it anything to hide. Security situation in Pakistan has improved as compared to that it... More

Nepal, Maldives poised to move out of Indian orbit


The South Asian region’s political map is transforming phenomenally. The early counting from Nepal’s parliamentary elections, which concluded on Thursday, suggests that the Left Alliance, which comprises the country’s communist parties, is surging ahead... More

Storm cloud over Dhaka


November may well turn out to be, in retrospect, the month that decides Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s political fate.  On the 7th, Mubashar Hasan, assistant professor at Dhaka’s North South University, was picked... More

China-Maldives trade pact catches India off guard


While India's political establishment was focused on Nepal's landmark election on Thursday, China was busy wrapping up a free-trade agreement with the Maldives. The move represents a diplomatic setback for New Delhi, as Beijing... More

COLUMN

Should India see Nepal polls as defeat!

Delhi's foreign policy mandarins could not conceal their glee when, in a tweet on 13 November, Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Kamal Thapa announced the scrapping of the US$2.5 billion deal with China’s Gezhouba Group to build Budhi Gandaki Hydro Electric Project. The proposed project planned to build... More

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Has anyone benefited from American interventionism?

For the first hundred years of American history, the United States was founded on the concept of a limited-government republic, one whose government did not intervene in the affairs of other nations, specifically in Europe and Asia. America’s non-interventionist philosophy was summed up by John... More

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... 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

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More