No respite for Kashmir as killings continue unabated

Violence continues unabated in India’s only Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state as armed clashes between militants and government forces refuse to cease even... More

North of Lanka embroiled in crisis with Chief Minister...

The North of Sri Lanka is embroiled in an internal controversy involving its Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Last Wednesday a No Confidence Motion against... More

Stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir start...

As the dispute regarding the title in the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi case continues to be pending before the Supreme Court, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has in... More

Mamata sees conspiracy in Darjeeling chaos

West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee sees a deep conspiracy behind the escalating chaos in Darjeeling. Speaking on Friday to the media in Kolkata, she... More

Sri Lankan Muslim identity and Buddhist extremism

Sri Lanka which in 2009 ended a long drawn civil war battling the Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate state is now struggling to... More

A tale of two bridges:  Padma Bridge construction costs...

With the amount being spent on the construction of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh, India could have made 19 bridges, each the size of their biggest... More

Are you with us or with Qatar, Saudis ask...

Pakistan has told Saudi Arabia it will not take sides in the brewing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East after Riyadh asked Islamabad “are you... More

One Belt One Road: Bangladesh is willing but wary

Bangladesh finds itself between a rock and a hard place. On one side, there is China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which promises seamless connectivity... More

Presidential Election: In for a surprise

WITH less than eight weeks left for the new President to be elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again reminds the opposition parties of the... More

US not winning in Afghanistan, China seeks role

China, for the first time, expressed its willing to mediate in Afghan peace process, just a day after the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has... More

Unrest again in Darjeeling over separate Gorkhaland

Darjeeling faces unrest as the tussle between the West Bengal government and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has once again revived the demand for a... More

Old torpedoes make Indian submarine fleet defenseless

With the recent cancellation of a $200 million contract for 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes, the Indian Navy’s new submarine fleet continues to lack adequate... More

BJP forms panel to select presidential candidate

With India’s Election Commission having announced the election schedule, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unwilling to delay any further in selecting their candidate. Prime... More

Challenges facing Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba

On June 7, veteran politician Sher Bahadur Deuba of the Nepali Congress (NC) became Nepal’s 40th. Prime Minister and its tenth in the last ten... More

Indians in Qatar fear the worst in gulf crisis...

Indians in Qatar are concerned about their safety due to the current crisis the Persian Gulf after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and... More

Possible US sanctions on Iran: A blow for India’s...

Western manufacturers are shying away from supplying equipment for Iranian Chabahar Port that India is developing for fear the United States may reimpose sanctions on... More

Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar!

Pakistan government has decided to send the military contingent to Qatar after a similar decision was made by Turkey. According to a report by Middle East... More

Modi meets Xi Jinping on SCO sidelines

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (9 June) met President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana,... More

Sri Lanka Freedom Party at crossroads

A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members... More

Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with...

China denied accusations that its military helicopters had violated India's airspace on Monday, reported Global Times, a state controlled Chinese media. Indian media earlier claimed... More

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces...

India is mulling greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on its borders with Pakistan and China in view of the sustained threat from those... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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