China overtakes India as Sri Lanka’s single largest trading partner

India has been the single largest trading partner of Sri Lanka for a very long time; especially since 1977. But in 2016, China overtook India by a small margin, says the Sri Lankan economist,... More

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new height

The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international connectivity project at the Great Hall of People in Beijing... 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

Discomforts ahead for Sri Lanka PM

Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision in 2014 November to adopt senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Maithripala Sirisena to be the United National Party (UNP) coalition candidate in the January 8, 2015 Presidential election was... More

Release of UN designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed will further vitiate Indo Pak...

The release of the UN, US and India-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistani High Court on Wednesday, will adversely affect the global fight against cross-border terrorism and further vitiate India-Pakistan relations. Given the backing... More

Speeding up projects and acquisition of Mattala airport to dominate Modi-Ranil talks

In the open-ended talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on November 23, the main theme will be speeding up the... More

India lets Rohingya Muslims down cruelly for the third time in succession

India has let the hapless Rohingya Muslims down for the third time in succession. New Delhi’s sordid record began when it endorsed Myanmar’s brutal military action against lakhs of men, women and children, and... More

Hindutva’s zealots trigger Sikh militancy in Punjab

Flush with unprecedented success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, and given the BJP’s alliance with the Sikh party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak... More

Lankan Govt presents budget and pre-budget relief ahead of Jan polls

Amidst a fuel crisis that has taken public opinion on the Lankan government to a new low and with the local government elections to be held in January 2018, the National Unity regime of... More

Brutal killings unabated on Indo-Bangladesh border

It has been six years since Bangladeshis woke up to the horrendous photograph of 15-year-old Felani Khatun of Phulbari in Kurigram, hanging upside down on the barbed fence on the Bangladesh-India border with a... More

BJP draws Mamata’s associate Mukul Roy into fold

Grassroots elections for the ‘panchayets’ will take place next year in West Bengal, to be followed by the Lok Sabha polls. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is refurbishing its organization in West Bengal ahead of... More

Pre-poll survey gives hope to Congress for Vidhan Sabha elections

Before 2019, the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly elections are a big test for India’s Hindutva party, BJP, or Bharatiya Janata Party. For the opposition, these elections are a chance to bounce back.... More

India loses the plot on the Rohingya issue: Hands the game to...

India appears to have lost the plot on the Rohingya issue. Despite having a measure of clout both in Bangladesh and Myanmar, and appeals by Dhaka to mediate, New Delhi has been found wanting... More

Post 2019 elections, Delhi readies to face challenges in Dhaka

With the Bangladeshi parliamentary elections due in January 2019, neighboring India is preparing to face any change that the elections might bring about in Dhaka. While being closely tied to the ruling Awami League led... More

Lanka’s hopes of new constitution sinks to new low

The much-anticipated new Sri Lankan constitution, aimed at bringing about post war reconciliation and equality to all minority communities, especially the Tamils, is likely to come to a complete halt as representatives of Lanka’s... 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 diplomatic fraternity. Hitherto, CPEC has... 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 security is rapid economic development... 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 Narendra Modi for 13 years... 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 death of short-lived political equations... 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 the fact that yesterday’s persecuted... 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) the United Nations has, at... 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

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... 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

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More