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Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due to weak governments, to build a strong political constituency... More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the Nandikadal lagoon and the Bay of Bengal in Mullaitivu... More

Mamata’s China trip: Chinese consul hopeful


China has not given up on the proposed trip of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, its consul-general in Calcutta Ma Jhanwu has said. Jhanwu told a media briefing on the OBOR conference in Beijing... More

BSF Study on cross-border crimes urges direct communication to counter human trafficking


A pioneering study by the Border Security Force (BSF) has revealed that Human Trafficking networks on the highly-sensitive Indo-Bangladesh border are in the danger of gaining a foothold in Indian territory. A key recommendation to... More

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins China’s OBOR summit


By spurning China’s invitation to be part of the multi-billion dollar, multi-continental One Belt One Road (OBOR) project on an issue of “sovereignty” India has completely isolated itself from Asia, and even its immediate... More

South Asia Satellite: Space diplomacy or domination?


In a rather bizarre turn of events, on 5 May this year India launched a satellite into space. This is not the first satellite it has launched and will certainly not be the last,... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the party has made a smart... More

ICJ has not taken a position against Pakistan on Yadhav


Following India petitioning the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to move against the decision of the Pakistani Field General Court Martial which sentenced alleged Indian spy, Kulbashan Yadhav, to death on charges of espionage,... More

Modi comes calling again: But the icon of March 2015 is a...


On his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a South Asian icon to be looked up to and emulated. His rise from being a humble tea... More

Drones to deal with Maoists in India


At a review meeting Monday of Chief Ministers and Police Chiefs of 10 Left Wing Extremism-affected states in New Delhi, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the use of drones and the choking... More

New defence doctrine: Indian armed forces to stretch security duty beyond borders


With growing aspirations as a nation with a greater role in the new world order, India strives for more intense involvement with global developments. Itprepares to use its geographical location and multifaceted national power... More

Bi-polar politics enters the West Bengal scene

West Bengal politics at present is rife with threats and counter threats between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Trinamool Congress. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee portrays herself as a proper Hindu, but accused BJP... More

Pakistan: Dark Days Are Over


Pakistan may in the years to come see some light at the end of what could only be described as darkness. According to recent media reports in Pakistan the average shortfall in the power... More

Situation in Kashmir never scarier: RAW’s former chief


A former head of India’s external spy agency RAW believes that the situation in India-held Kashmir was never scarier, not even in the 1990s when armed resistance was at its peak, the Indian Express... More

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 inviting Modi to visit America... 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 (LTTE) were accepted by the... 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 seventy years later to bring... 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 country’s constitution passed in September... 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 presidential polls so far. Behind 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 four concerned countries held on... 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 reduce the flow of Foreign... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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