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... More

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC

Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and... More

China says economic development will ensure maritime security

While other countries participating in the Galle International Naval Dialogue here on Monday viewed maritime security from a purely military angle, China said that the best guarantor of maritime... More

Assembly Elections: BJP faces uphill task in Modi’s home turf

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled the Western Indian State of Gujarat continually since 1998, and had been under the watch of the current Indian Prime Minister... More

Nepal: Political uncertainty is almost certain

Nepal has been a laboratory of many political experiments, mostly power driven, bringing parties with contradictory ideologies and past enmity together, especially in the past 11 years. Birth and... More

The Rohingya issue: The need for humanistic retrospection

That the Rohingya community is one of the most victimized of communities, hounded and subject to that of a stateless position, is clear to the world. Also clear is... More

UNSC speaks up against Myanmar but no punitive action is envisaged yet

After ignoring for years the smoldering Rohingya Muslim-Burmese Buddhist conflict in North Western Myanmar (apparently in the interest of bolstering the regime of “democracy icon” Aung San Suu Kyi)... More

Mattis lays groundwork for deeper defence ties with India

United States Defence Secretary James Mattis says his country is looking to share some of its "most advanced defence technologies" with India in a bid to counter the growing... More

First China, Fifth India

The Chinese and Indian armies are poised to be among the world’s five most elite ground combat forces by 2030, says Robert Farley, Senior Lecturer at the Patterson School... More

Sk. Hasina and Rohingyas: There is goodwill not political will

Sheikh Hasina at this point is certainly more admired than Suu Kyi, but as her speech at the UN shows, she can gather a lot of goodwill but not... More

Apex committee drafting Lanka’s new constitution presents interim report 

The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament on Thursday. The present parliament is the “Constitutional Assembly” charged with the responsibility of drafting... More

Expelled Tamang to head GTA in Darjeeling

In the name of restoring peace in Darjeeling, the West Bengal government has announced its decision to strengthen the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). It will also step up development... More

Unhelpful neighbors thrust entire responsibility for Rohingyas on Bangladesh 

Unhelpful and hostile neighbors have thrust the enormous burden of looking after 400,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on the slender shoulders of Bangladesh when the latter is just beginning... More

Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists hold counter demonstrations on Rohingya issue

Reflecting the sharp communal divide in the country, Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists have been holding counter demonstrations in the island nation, opposing each other’s stand point on the... More

Geo-politics behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas

Geo-politics appears to be behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas. On Thursday, New Delhi swung from voicing unreserved support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s tough militaristic policy on the Bengali-speaking... More

Contesting in the polls while remaining in parliament

During the tenure of the present government, the constitution was amended so that the election can be held while the parliament is still in place. The members of parliament... More

Eliya movement of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – the route to Presidency?

The theatre is being constructed to make the powerful former Defence Secretary and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the savior of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. The purpose clearly... More

India, Myanmar give ‘terrorist’ spin to Rohingya issue

While the world stood condemning the Myanmar government and its military for the crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at... More

Sino-Indian policy congruence on Rohingyas

China and India find themselves to be strange bedfellows on the issue of the Rohingyas in Myanmar. In a rare congruence on policy, both India and China view the... More

India and China take to Track II diplomacy to smoothen ties

India and China have taken to Track Two diplomacy to smoothen the many rough edges in their ties. It is not a hush hush type of Track II, but an... More

U.S. policy and the Doklam border dispute: A missed opportunity

On Monday, August 28th, China and India announced a de-escalation of their two month old confrontation along the tri-border area with Bhutan near Doklam.  Beijing and New Delhi made... 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

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More


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



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