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India’s conflicting policy, Rakhine Buddhists allowed entering Mizoram


In a contradiction of its own policy, the Indian government has allowed over 1,300 tribal Buddhist refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine region to enter Mizoram. The refugees left their homeland because of the ongoing war... More

Why India is buying the world’s emptiest airport


Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India's purchase of what has become known as the 'world's emptiest international... More

UP civic polls indicate BJP’s waning appeal at grassroots


The results of the just concluded municipal electionsin the populous North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh indicate the possibility of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returning to its original form, namely, a party... More

India’s Rohingya terror problem: Real or imagined


Myanmar’s recent military crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim population has led to an exodus of Rohingyas from the country into neighboring Bangladesh. The government of Myanmar has faced severe condemnation from the United Nations... More

Indo-Pacific strategy will likely share the same fate as rebalance to Asia-Pacific


The Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by US President Donald Trump during his maiden trip to Asia in November received positive responses from Japan, India and Australia and drew wide global attention. It is designed to... More

Assault on Kashmiri inmates in Delhi’s Tihar jail may jeopardise interlocutor’s mission


On the night of November 21, prison staff at Delhi’s Tihar jail beat 18 prisoners with lathis and buckets without any provocation, an inspection committee of judicial officers said. They reported that the prisoners... More

BJP wins Ayodhya but suffers heavy losses in ballot voting in rural...


No allegations of tampering have been made but the opposition’s suspicions about “malfunctioning EVMs” are likely to be strengthened by the civic poll results here, with the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party winning the Ayodhya... More

It’s advantage China as India loses Maldives plot


India is losing the Maldives plot and China has finally demonstrated the kind of sway it holds on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nation. Pakistan and Nepal have been increasingly under Chinese... More

Pakistan did not know whereabouts of Bin Laden, admits Obama


Former US president Barack Obama on Friday (Dec. 1) said Washington does not distinguish between terrorist groups which target India and those that target the United States. He was speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership... More

Pakistan calls for keeping politics out of regional trade


Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Friday (Dec. 1) that politics should be kept out of regional economic development and connectivity projects. He was addressing the 16th meeting of the Council of... More

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China


The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through parliament on Wednesday (Nov 29). “The Speaker of parliament had called... More

Pakistan hits back against US accusations in terror stalemate


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi rejected U.S. accusations that the country provides sanctuary to militant groups and said attacks in the region were originating across the border in Afghanistan. In an interview with the... More

Clash between AA, Myanmar army intensifying near Bangladesh, India border


The ongoing clashes between the Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army (AA) are likely to intensify in the coming days, said Khaing Thukha, a spokesperson for the AA, alleging that the Myanmar Army recently... More

Decline in US aid for Pakistan to hurt Afghan border monitoring


A steep decline in US economic and military assistance to Pakis­tan, detailed in a Cong­ressional report released on Nov 28, could also hurt Washington’s desire to prevent cross-border attacks into Afghanistan, statistics show. The report... More

India’s rejection of ‘One Belt One Road’ was premature, say experts   


Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui has once again suggested that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could be re-routed to assuage India's concerns. Delivering a speech at the Center for Chinese and South-East Asian... More

India to deploy UAV, erect smart fence along Bangladesh border


Indian Border Security Forice (BSF) will deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs and erect a 'smart fence' to check smuggling and infiltration from across the most notorious riverine and porous gaps along the India-Bangladesh... More

India to use Singapore’s latest Navy base, with an eye on China


In a combined effort to counter the increasing presence of the Chinese Navy in South East Asia and the Indian Ocean region, India and Singapore today took their military relationship much further with the... More

Australia, Japan and India trilateral in Delhi on December 12


India, Japan and Australia, close on the heels of the Quadrilateral meet, are expected to hold the fourth edition of their trilateral meet at the foreign secretary-level in New Delhi on December 12 to... More

President Sirisena under pressure to accommodate Rajapaksa clan


As Sri Lanka’s Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Mustapha attempted to avert the no confidence motion submitted against him over the delay of local government elections in the country,  by insisting that... More

US working on new approach with India, Pakistan over Afghanistan


The US is working on a new approach with India and Pakistan for promoting stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan, the state department has said. The state department’s annual report on its financial priorities for the... More

Nepal’s elections: India worried, China hopeful


Nepal, a Himalayan nation sandwiched between two Asian giants — India and China — is conducting its first elections to a federal system of governance that will end the erstwhile Monarchy's transition to Democracy.... More

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The US’ ‘war on drugs’ wouldn’t weaken the Taliban

While this is not for the first time that the US has started to target poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, its significance has certainly changed in the current scenario when the Trump administration is looking to put extreme pressure on the Afghan Taliban to force them to the negotiating table.... More

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

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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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