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

Can India match Pakistan’s strategic depth in Afghanistan?

It was in summer of 1987 that I first visited Afghan capital Kabul. Journalists from 26 countriesassembled in Moscow and then were flown to Kabul to attend a conference on a reconciliation program and see... More

Scrapping the BD constitution amendment

From the emergence of Bangladesh till date, the constitution has undergone 16 amendments in total. Of these amendments, cases had been filed against the 5th, 7th, 8th, 13th, and... More

Isolation awaits India if Modi downgrades or boycotts BRICS summit

The chances of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the BRICS summit alongside China’s President Xinping in China between September 3 and 5, appear to be receding fast, with... More

Operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’: Pakistan’s resolve to fight terror from within

‘War on terror’ is a globally contested terminology, one that not only lacks a universal definition but also implies different things in different contexts; for, one man’s terrorist is... More

China-India conflict to have regional ripple effect

The tension mounting between the two rivals, China and India, is having a spillover effect in the region. And with Bangladesh considered to be its tried and tested friend,... More

Bangladesh trade with India grows slowly, trade gap widens rapidly

Trade connectivity and inclusive development, the key words emerging over the last decade, are tangible challenges for Bangladesh. Pragmatic measures and political consensus are imperative to meet these challenges.... More

US State Dept report says India flouts its constitution on religious freedom

The US State Department’s report on religious freedom in India during 2016, says that under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, India has been rather brazenly flouting its own... 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 -... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More


Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

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 began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... 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


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