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Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim terrorists


The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according... More

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?


Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency - in the... More

How far will the executive-judiciary tussle go in Bangladesh?


A year and a half before the scheduled elections, pre-poll tensions in Bangladesh have been overshadowed by the tussle which has ensued between the judiciary and the executive. The issue is... More

Indian forces kill almost 1000 Bangladeshis in last 10 years


Border killings, human trafficking, drug dealing, cattle trade and smuggling are among the many challenges pertaining to border security between the two neighbors, Bangladesh and India. Speakers at a seminar in... More

Lankan political saga continues post Karunanayake resignation


Three days after the voluntary exit of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for his link with the Central Bank bond scam, when he was Finance Minister, the debate is still rife comparing... More

But why is the 16th amendment becoming a political issue?


The 16th amendment debate is now seriously intense at several levels. It is a conflict between the Judiciary and the Legislature as its powers to remove Judges have been taken away.... More

Darjeeling on the brink of ethnic violence?


The Indian government is holding the Tiranga Yatra from 9-15 August, commemorating 75th anniversary of the anti-British ‘leave India’ movement. But in the hills of Darjeeling this year, the Gorkha Jamamukti... More

How democratic is the constraint to vote against the party line...


The provision to declare vacant the seat of a lawmaker for voting against the party lines in parliament, has once again come up for discussion after the Bangladesh Supreme Court’s verdict... More

Afghanistan: Trump’s frustration echoes Obama years


Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White... More

Surrounded in controversy Lanka’s FM tipped to resign


When Ravi Karunanayake was given the portfolio of finance by the current regime which heralded the promise of good governance following the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 January... More

Reality of a parliament election with parliament in force


The parliament is one of the most important constitutional organizations. Members of parliament from the same standing take part in the lawmaking process and running of the government. There has been... More

Gorkhaland stir is a festering sore which could threaten India’s security


It was in the middle of May that the Nepalese-speaking Gorkhas of North Eastern India re-started their agitation for the establishment of an autonomous State (or Province) of Gorkhaland within the... More

Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in Sri Lankan ports


Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in the development of Sri Lanka’s ports, threatens to bring to a grinding halt any progress in the island nation’s maritime sector. It is not only the... More

Human rights violations in Bangladesh: Hasina needs to act soon


Bangladesh has been witnessing increasing rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, lengthy detention and extra judicial killings for the last few years. There are also instances of security forces harassing... More

Sundarbans, Rampal and blatant lies


A few days ago, the Bangladesh government rather smugly declared that UNESCO had given a go-ahead to the controversial Rampal coal-fired power plant to be constructed near the Sundarbans. The people... More

The baton in Pakistan passes from Nawaz Sharif to Shahbaz


Nawaz Sharif is no more prime minister of Pakistan but he is still a kingmaker. The Supreme Court has disqualified and disgraced him in the Panama case but he still enjoys... More

The UNP-SLFP coalition – an uneasy marriage  


There are just five months to determine the fate of the marriage between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Sirisena (SLFP-S) which came into being following... More

Panama Verdict: Where will it lead Pakistan to?


At 70, Pakistan seems to be a nation finally embarking on sound democratic process. At least, this is what Pakistan’s main opposition political parties seem to believe today when a popularly... More

Panama verdict: PM Nawaz disqualified


The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered on Friday to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. Announcing their verdict in the Panama Papers case, all five judges ruled to... More

Bangladesh: Controversy of the Parliament Supremacy


The supremacy of the parliament is acknowledged and accepted throughout the world, debated in no country. The parliament is synonymous to the people, not a substitute. The parliament directly represents the... More

Will Pranab Mukherjee form a think-tank?


Pranab Mukherjee has retired. His long political life has drawn to a close. He bid farewell to the parliament on Sunday, saying, “I am a creation of this parliament.” He said that... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... 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

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