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The currency note issue is costing Indian politics


India’s ban on 500 and 1000-rupee notes is reshaping the structure of the country’s politics. On one hand this gave an opportunity for the... More

Visiting Indian minister assesses Bangladesh’s military might


The main objective of Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s two-day visit to Bangladesh is to scrutinize the defense capability of Bangladesh, according to sources in... More

PM Modi’s Notes Ban Neither Intelligent Nor Humane: Amartya...


"Despotic and authoritarian" is how Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen describes the decision to abruptly ban 500- and 1000-rupee notes. "The alleged objective... More

50pc Indians disapprove of Modi’s Pakistan policies, Pew survey...


A Pew survey published recently on Indian attitudes shows that nearly half of respondents across the border do not approve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra... More

In battle of attrition, Army losing many of its...


With the latest incident, 89 personnel, including several officers, have been ‘killed in action’ in Jammu and Kashmir this year. The dramatic increase in number of... More

President Erdogan’s Visit: Implications for Pakistan


On a two-day visit to Pakistan last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed a joint session of the Parliament for the first time since... More

Rohingya cries as Suu Kyi remains silent


“Oh brothers look, look at this” narrator says as he takes pictures of a burned house. The bodies were clearly visible midst of ash and... More

Indian by-elections: ruling parties retain with Modi relieved, Mamata...


With uproar running high over wiping out of 86 percent Indian money, parliamentary and assembly by-election results are out for several important states. Ruling party... More

Unfolding of new Bangladesh-India security agreement  


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming visit to India will mark the beginning of a new framework for a security agreement between two countries. To... More

Myanmar’s major challenge is Electricity, demand Predicted to...


The electricity sector is a major focal point in Myanmar now.  After Suu Key government came to power they are focusing on employment and growth... More

India preparing to upgrade offensive forces


India, the largest country in South Asia, has always been alert about its  own military defense. Although this was one of the architect nations in... More

Why India wiped out 86% of its cash overnight


On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave only four hours' notice that virtually all the cash in the world's seventh-largest economy would be effectively... More

Russia’s Potential Impact Over South Asian Balance of Power


 How much impact would Russia have over the ongoing tension between the south Asian countries is under assessment once more. During the long cold war,... More

How India strengthens its relationship with China


China wants to take steps to improve its relations with India. Beijing is also interested in reducing the diplomatic gap between these two neighboring countries. ... More

How much Bangladesh foreign policy inching towards a balanced...


Is Bangladesh looking for a new track of foreign relationship? Some of the recent events are being analyzed in the light of this question. Along... More

SAARC satellite likely to miss December deadline


  New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious South Asian satellite project, announced two years ago, is likely to miss the December deadline as the Indian... More

Rising housing in-equality major challenge for South Asia


The in-equality in housing facilities of South Asia has been a major challenge for recent years. While urbanization should offer the prospect of a better... More

India provokes China by inviting US Ambassador to visit...


New Delhi: India is asserting its sovereignty in the Tawang region, claimed by China, through aggressive diplomacy. After sending invite to 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin... More

SAARC Minus X


  India and four other countries pulled out of the 19th summit of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which was to be held in Islamabad... More

Upgraded ties usher in new era for China-Bangladesh cooperation


South Asia Staff Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 14, 2016. CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Saturday completed... More

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Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree Hotel located in Dhaka’s hyper rich residential area. Reports say, two girls were invited to a party... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... More

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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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