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Border standoff: India seeks face-saving way to deal with China


Although the Indian media has been creating hype over the country’s military standoff with China near the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction since middle of June, New Delhi is now studiously playing... More

An ever-weakening Afghan National Army


As casualties mounted to dramatic levels in 2017, even according to official figures that are most likely underestimated, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has for the first time begun... More

China’s military adapts to changing conditions 


Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China this week embarked on a new program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet... More

Was China’s military drill in Tibet really just an exercise in logistics?


China has moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military vehicles and equipment into Tibet since it became locked in a border dispute with India, according to state media. The... More

MOUs between Bangladesh and Lanka need to be more than wish-lists

Over two months after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its immediate neighbour India on cooperation in economic projects, Sri Lanka has now turned its attention on Bangladesh.... More

India’s provocation will end up in an all-out confrontation, warns Chinese media


Beijing’s state media on Tuesday said that if India keeps provoking China on the border issue than it should get ready for an “all-out confrontation” along the entire stretch... More

The consequences of a controversial chief justice


When Bangladesh’s 18th chief justice retired in 2010, controversy arose over the appointment of his successor as he superseded two seniors, and in all considerations superior, judges to take... More

Bangladesh Election Commission’s crisis of confidence


The country’s politics is apparently heating up with the 11th national elections nearing fast as the political parties have already started preparing to join the vote battle. Ruling Bangladesh... More

Indian Opposition’s VP candidate Gandhi regards himself as a citizen candidate


The opposition parties declared the name of Gopal Krishna Gandhi, a former diplomat and Governor of West Bengal as their unanimous choice as candidate for the post of Vice President... More

China’s latest anti-Indian stance stems from Malabar Exercise’s threat to OBOR   


In all the writings on the on-going conflict between China and India over the border between Bhutan and Tibet, no one has attempted to explain why China has revived... More

Murders, masked men spook Rohingya in Bangladesh camps


As fellow Muslims were celebrating the end of Ramadan in June, Ms Noor Ankis and her neighbours buried her husband at the refugee camp in Bangladesh where he had... More

India shooting off Bhutan’s shoulders!


During the recent standoff in the Doklam region between China and India, India has claimed that the region in Yadong county, China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, belongs to Bhutan and... More

India’s future lies in Asia, not as a US ally


The current border dispute between New Delhi and Beijing is occurring at a time when China has undertaken the step to revive the ancient Silk Road and maritime trading... More

India rejects China’s offer, says talks with Pakistan only possible in bilateral...


India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Gopal Baglay has made it clear that India is, "ready to have a dialogue with Pakistan ... but in a bilateral framework,"... More

Can India’s two major communist parties merge?


Will India’s communists merge? This question has been mulled over innumerably over the past decade or so, but there has been little or no progress in any merger between the... More

India approves cyber security cooperation with Bangladesh


India had approved cyber security cooperation with Bangladesh. The cooperation between India and Bangladesh would be implemented through a duly set up joint committee on cyber security. On Wednesday, the Union... More

China willing to play ‘constructive role’ over Kashmir


China said on Wednesday that it was willing to play a “constructive role” in improving relations between India and Pakistan, especially after the increased hostility along the LoC, saying... More

Who will win if a war breaks out between India and China...


There is a lot of tension between India and China on the issue of road construction in the Sikkim border region. China continues to pressurize India to withdraw their... More

Bangladesh: Has the 16th Amendment created a vacuum?


The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has upheld the High Court ruling, scrapping the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and rejecting the government’s appeal in this regard. The prime minister... More

One year after Burhan Wani’s death, the end of militancy is still...


As Kashmir shuts on the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, an uneasy calm hangs in the air in Tral in South Kashmir, the native town of the slain... More

Constitutional migraine of Lankan Govt. gets worse


Lankan government, suffering from a stress induced migraine since its election in 2015, triggered by strikes from trade unions against foreign assisted development projects, strikes by doctors against a... More

COLUMN

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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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