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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

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 clout of China in the... 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 of Diplomacy and International Commerce... 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 the political will necessary to... 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 a new constitution for Sri... 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 in the area. West Bengal... 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 to make progress on the... 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 Rohingya Muslim issue in Myanmar. Both... 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 Muslim community to strongly approving... 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 can contest in the coming... 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 is to push him to... 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 the side of Aung San... 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 Rohingya problem as being part... 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 open one, in which people... 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 this announcement about a week... More

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Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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