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Is Russia forced to confront NATO in Afghanistan!


With less than ten days left for the Moscow meeting on Afghan peace, a heated exchange between Russia and the US has made the peace further uncertain. Russia sees the US... More

Dangers and dilemmas of Bangladesh-India defence deal


With a possible defense deal between Bangladesh and India in the pipeline, stakeholders on both sides of the border wait with bated breath to see what actually materializes. The forthcoming India... More

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically ripening, says Maldivian opposition leader


The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is now going the opposition’s way, as seen in the vote... More

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Writing off Rahul Gandhi will be unwise


If cricket is a game of “glorious uncertainties” even for the best teams, so is politics. And as the late Indian political maverick George Fernandez told this writer: “No politician can... More

Malaysian PM visits India to boost ties


Malaysia is looking to expand investment in India across sectors such as infrastructure, telecom, IT, banking, ecommerce and healthcare, according to the Southeast Asian nation's trade and industry minister, Mustapa Mohamed. At... More

Disenchanted Myanmar: Suu Kyi will step down if people wishes


For decades Myanmar's people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama visits Tawang


The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled... More

Pakistan boycotts IPU assembly in Bangladesh


Pakistan will not attend the forthcoming session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) beginning in Bangladesh from Saturday (1 April) due to uneasy and tense relationship between the two neighbouring South Asian... More

South Asia no longer in India’s own sphere of influence


India has long considered some South Asian countries, Bangladesh included, as part of its area of influence, but a constantly changing situation - in which economic ties between South Asia and... More

Russia for direct peace talks with Taliban


Amid preparation for a multinational conference in Moscow on Afghan peace, Russia has urged Kabul to start direct talks with the Taliban. Meanwhile, the US prepares to expand its operations in... More

Lankan Prez asserts no “war hero” will be war crime suspect


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday was emphatic that that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes and opined that it was the... More

India Commissions Amphibious Landing Craft Near Malacca Straits


The Indian Navy commissioned the first of its eight-landing craft utility (LCU) at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, close to the Malacca Strait. LCUs are meant to transport military equipment like... More

BJP in a fix over Babri mosque legal battle


After the astonishing success in recently held state elections in India, Babri Masjid demolition case could become a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The incident that left... More

India’s Aircraft deal with Russia terminated, ready to buy Spike missile...


India and Russia decided to terminate a bilateral defense program on 24 March according to a senior Russian official. This so-called Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA) program was aimed at developing and... More

Mamata remains rigid against Teesta deal


The West Bengal government will return to its rigid stance against the Teesta water sharing agreement. This was evident in the strong protest voiced by Trinamool Congress in parliament on Monday. While... More

Yogi Adityanath: The Face of ‘New India’


It’s now all about ‘New India’. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi is no fool. When the luster of his party’s ‘India Shining’ slogan wore off fast and proved to be a... More

China Pakistan’s security concerns aligning up


China and Pakistan’s security concern in Asia & Pacific region is getting even more aligned with the recent developments. Due to strategic polarization relationship of Asian and south Asian countries, US-Pak... More

After Ambedkar, caste rules India

Despite the legacy of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, father of independent India’s Constitution and first Law and Justice Minister who initiated his relentless campaign against social discrimination of the Dalits, the spectre... More

How Pakistan Is Planning to Fight a Nuclear War


Sandwiched between Iran, China, India and Afghanistan, Pakistan lives in a complicated neighborhood with a variety of security issues. One of the nine known states known to have nuclear weapons, Pakistan’s... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major personal trial for the Lady –... More

South Asia vulnerable to conflict as a result of climate change

An expert on climate change, food security and agriculture warned this week that South Asia should consider the seriousness of extreme weather patterns that is being seen throughout the region and... More

COLUMN

The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine -- centered in the Mayu mountains... More

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed... More

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

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

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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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