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

Debacle in Doklam reveals serious flaws in India’s “Neighborhood First” policy


The unfolding realities underlying the Sino-Indian standoff over the border in Doklam are clearly bringing out serious flaws in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy. The “Neighborhood First’ policy... More

Will Bhutan exert its independent stand in the Doklam conflict?


Five weeks have passed since the confrontation between China and India at Doklam, but the crisis remains unresolved. It has become an issue of pride, with no one willing... More

Is Bangladesh headed towards economic recession?


Bangladesh has been the only country is South Asia over the past seven years with an average economic growth exceeding six percent. And the government has predicted that the... More

China’s military adapts to changing conditions 


Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China this week embarked on a new program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet... More

MOUs between Bangladesh and Lanka need to be more than wish-lists

Over two months after inking a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its immediate neighbour India on cooperation in economic projects, Sri Lanka has now turned its attention on Bangladesh.... More

The consequences of a controversial chief justice


When Bangladesh’s 18th chief justice retired in 2010, controversy arose over the appointment of his successor as he superseded two seniors, and in all considerations superior, judges to take... More

Bangladesh Election Commission’s crisis of confidence


The country’s politics is apparently heating up with the 11th national elections nearing fast as the political parties have already started preparing to join the vote battle. Ruling Bangladesh... More

China’s latest anti-Indian stance stems from Malabar Exercise’s threat to OBOR   


In all the writings on the on-going conflict between China and India over the border between Bhutan and Tibet, no one has attempted to explain why China has revived... More

Can India’s two major communist parties merge?


Will India’s communists merge? This question has been mulled over innumerably over the past decade or so, but there has been little or no progress in any merger between the... More

Bangladesh: Has the 16th Amendment created a vacuum?


The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has upheld the High Court ruling, scrapping the 16th Amendment to the Constitution and rejecting the government’s appeal in this regard. The prime minister... More

Constitutional migraine of Lankan Govt. gets worse


Lankan government, suffering from a stress induced migraine since its election in 2015, triggered by strikes from trade unions against foreign assisted development projects, strikes by doctors against a... More

Bangladesh offers Lanka help in disaster preparedness and rice cultivation    


Bangladesh will offer Sri Lanka help in a variety of economic areas, particularly disaster preparedness and rice cultivation, during the forthcoming visit of the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena,... More

Will border skirmishes turn into full-blown war between China and India?


Is there possibility of the border tensions between China and India turning into a full-fledged war? This question has arisen in recent times in the South Asian region. After... More

Why is China hitting India where it hurts most?


The stand-off between India and China over the border between the two countries in the Bhutan-Sikkim-Tibet section, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday with an official Chinese... More

Intimacy with Israel scares Indian Muslims


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a rousing reception when he landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Stepping down from the aircraft, Modi gave his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu,... More

COLUMN

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

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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