A lull in the NGO movement

The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other issues pertaining to public... More

Much-talked US Seventh Fleet will get service in India

Much-talked US Seventh Fleet which was deployed into Bay of Bengal during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, led by the USS Enterprise nuclear powered aircraft carrier to... More

Is Beijing worried about Chinese investment and trade environment in India?

It seems China is becoming increasingly worried about the trade environment and existing Chinese investment in India. With tensions in the political and strategic relationship between these two countries... More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent

Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against Rohingyas following the October... More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too

West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now objecting to the Ganges Barrage Project proposed by Bangladesh. Recently in... More

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh to be 2nd, 15th & 23rd largest economies by...

IMF predicts that world economy will be centered on Asia by the year 2050, shifting from North America, Western Europe and Japan. And three large countries of South Asia-... More
Afghanistan peace

Russia to host 6-nation conference on Afghan peace

Russia is set to host a six-nation conference this month to discuss the Afghanistan peace process. Arch rivals Pakistan and India have also been invited, along with China, Afghanistan and... More

New CEC triggers old controversy

Speculations about the political and election scenario in Bangladesh are drawing to a close with the restructure of the Election Commission. President Abdul Hamid on Monday night formed the... More

Turmoil in India’s Northeast again as Nagaland erupts

Violent protests have forced the government in India’s Nagaland state to cancel elections to ten town councils in an unprecedented gesture to placate angry tribesmen upset with reservation of... More

Lanka re-negotiating Hambantota port deal with China

Welcome or not, it does look like the Chinese are here to stay, at least in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. In the port and the envisaged industrial zone, to be precise, it’s been about brickbats or bouquets. More... More

Strategic equations block solution to Rohingya crisis

The Rohingya crisis is one of the most widely discussed issues in the world right now. A population of more than three million Rohingyas, the majority of whom lived... More

Can BD’s economy base ensure sustainable development?

In recent years Bangladesh economy has been enjoying an upper-mid growth rate, but it is doubtful whether this development will be sustainable for a long term. The government has... More

Trump administration for aggressive policy on Pakistan?

The Trump administration is showing glimpses of a possible hardline policy against Pakistan. After Trump hinted at his stern attitude about Pakistan in a recent interview with ABC news,... More

India giving military contract to local private companies

For the first time India is delegating major military contract to domestic private companies. This is being considered a major shift in India's defense policy. This will be different... More

New Delhi waiting for Trumps policy on Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been one of the most uncertain issues since Donald Trump assumed US president’s office. This is the country where U.S. is engaged in a war for the... More

Will initiatives to revitalize SAARC succeed?  

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to be active again as almost all member countries retract from their position to replace SAARC with a new... More

2017, a challenging year of BJP, India

Donald Trump’s various initiatives after taking over as US president, China’s pro-active foreign policy and strict security strategy, the dwindling spirit of nationalism in internal politics and, on top... More

India desperate to keep China away from Indian Ocean

Two news items published this month in the South Asian media –the presence of Chinese nuclear submarine at Pakistan’s Karachi port and the US-India information sharing on Chinese subs... More

Russia’s new opportunity in South Asia

With apprehension rising high that a 'Pakistan-India war just one terrorist attack away’, no initiative to bring the two South Asian arch rival to the negotiating table so far... More

China wants India to make RCEP real

India’s cooperation, rather than barriers to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, will boost the country’s economic stamina and extend the supply chain in Asia, instilling new vigor... More

Indian Army Chief’s comment about “Cold Start” Doctrine sparks controversy

Recent remarks by India’s new army chief General Bipin Rawat have raised questions if the country has revived its controversial "Cold Start" Doctrine for any future standoff with Pakistan,... 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