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Why does Modi want to meet Trump so soon?

Within six days of Donald Trump becoming US president, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi phoned him to say that India was America’s true friend. Later White House issued a statement... More

Shunned ex-Tamil Tiger militants begin to find acceptance in Tamil polity 


For 30 years, when war between Tamil militants and government forces was raging in the Tamil areas of North and East Sri Lanka, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam... More

The house that still divides India and Pakistan


The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition India has the chance... More

Nepal’s constitutional conundrum: Will Dahal untie the political knot?


Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal went into a huddle with various parties in parliament on April 28 to untie the Gordian knot hindering the full implementation of the... More

Indian presidential polls: Opposition to forge strong coalition


Indian president Pranab Mukherjee has just two and a half months left in office and yet neither the ruling BJP nor the opposition has named any candidate for the... More

BCIM economic corridor dialogue drags on


No fruitful decision was reached at the stalled dialogue on an economic corridor at the third meeting of the Joint Study Group (JSG) of academics and officials of the... More

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect FDI in Sri...


Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely affect the investment climate in the island and... More

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South Asia 

Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall of apathy cracked on... More

60 percent Teesta water blocked for Sikkim power plants 


The controversy over Teesta has now reached Sikkim. The West Bengal government has repeatedly complained about the several hydroelectric projects in Sikkim and now sent a report in this regard... More

Behind-the-scene negotiations, but no mid-term polls in BD


Despite all appearances of stagnancy, there’s a flurry of activity behind the scenes in Bangladesh’s political arena. There is an effort to ensure the participation of all parties in... More

Challenges facing BIMSTEC in integrating Bay of Bengal


The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) launched in 1997, is an ambitious effort to integrate the countries around the Bay of Bengal. The Bay... More

Hasina hinders Bangladesh-Pakistan relations


South Asian politics are caught up in the usual swing of polarities, though this time round the scales are heavily tipped to one side when it comes to Bangladesh’s... More

Will Modi spurn Mamata for the Teesta deal?


A Congress leader in West Bengal, in a private conversation, remarked that there was no one to actually explain things to the state’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Even the... More

MYANMAR INCREASINGLY PIVOTS TO BEIJING


President Htin Kyaw’s official six-day visit to China – just concluded -- is highly significant. For it reflects Myanmar’s increasing tilt towards Beijing, in the wake of increasingly difficult... More

Hasina cements her ties with India but brings back little for Bangladesh


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India appears to have been personally gratifying for her in so far as her vibes with Prime Minister Narendra Modi are... More

Modi-Hasina a new spring in bilateral ties!


Strange as it may sound, the number 22 may have something to do with Narendra Modi's handling of Bangladesh. Twenty two agreements and MOUs were signed when Modi visited... More

Military interests of Bangladesh top Indian agenda


India is expected to bestow a cash bonanza pledge of a $ 500 million credit line for the purchase of defence equipment to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her... More

India seeks to boost military diplomacy in South Asia


Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat’s visits to Nepal and Bangladesh (Mar 28-Apr 2) were clearly aimed at boosting the country’s military diplomacy in South Asia. These were his first... More

Indian Army Chief visits Bangladesh, Nepal


The Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan, rushed to Kathmandu and Colombo recently seeking to resolve blockages in ties and to enhance military-to-military cooperation. The Chinese state media... More

Dangers and dilemmas of Bangladesh-India defence deal


With a possible defense deal between Bangladesh and India in the pipeline, stakeholders on both sides of the border wait with bated breath to see what actually materializes. The... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama visits Tawang


The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal... 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