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Controversy over India’s top security appointments 


India's opposition Congress has attacked the ruling BJP for 'violating' the seniority rule in appointing the country's new army chief. Three senior lieutenant generals were superseded when the government decided to appoint... More
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Modi’s notebandi narrative is a washout


The death of Kallol Roy Choudhuri,45, in an ATM queue and his dead body lying unattended by thousands desperate to get cash will be the lingering image of Narendra Modi's notebandi.... More

Rahul Hard On Modi


Just a few days earlier, in a parliamentary speech, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he had information on Modi, which will create Tsunami if it gets exposed. He said this while... More

Postponement of Hasina’s India visit sparks off speculations


After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking... More

India-built Myanmar seaport ready to open


The deep seaport built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. The strategically important facility will start its operation formally next month, Vikram... More

PM’s postponed India visit: The story behind


Speculations run high over the abrupt postponement of the three-day bilateral visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. There is also contradictory information over the new schedule of the visit.... More

India’s regional linking plan being derailed


Bhutan has put a hurdle in India’s ambitious road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal after its Parliament refused to ratify the deal. Experts doubt Chinese hand in persuading... More

India presses Bangladesh to sign Chittagong & Mongla port deals


Bangladesh is to sign an agreement allowing the use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for the movement of transit goods to and from India. Officials from both sides agreed to the issue at... More

India, Israel take ties to a new high


India and Israel are further strengthening their strategic relations, as indicated by recent developments. After Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s weeklong visit to India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump


It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially... More

India-BD agreement for joint military command


Bangladesh and India are working on an agreement framework for joint military command to counter terrorism, take up security measures in time of crisis, increase border patrols and intelligence exchange. Indian... More

India to tout Chabahar Port at Amritsar conference


New Delhi will focus on Chabahar port of Iran at the “Heart of Asia” ministerial conference which begins in Amritsar. The Afghan government will also present its case at the meeting. The... More

India to lift strategic cooperation with Bangladesh


The Indian proposals to enhance military cooperation with Bangladesh is a new move for strengthening Delhi’s strategic position in the South Asia, say defense analysts. They believe, the country wants to... More

Bhutan working on a diplomatic relation with Israel


Slowly but steadily Bhutan is developing its relations with Israel. This is being done through agricultural training mooted out to Bhutan’s agro students by Israel. Israeli expertise on crop cultivation and... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA)... More

Indian Defense Minister Visiting Dhaka To Impede China Influence?


India’s defense minister and one of Narendra Modi’s most reliable person Manohar Parrikar is set for a two-day visit to Dhaka on Wednesday. During the visit, he will meet with the... More

Russia and Turkmenistan in Gwadar-CPEC: New Sign of Polarization


Pakistan approves Russia's request to use Baluchistan’s Gwadar deep-sea port on a commercial basis, thus joining China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Authorities also decided to deploy Chinese aircraft carrier for port’s security.... More

Is India Serious About Water-War? 


India's prime minister Narendra Modi once again strongly hinted about a water-war against Pakistan. By obstructing the water flow of common rivers, will he retract from the 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank between two countries? Or... More

Constitution amendment again divides Nepal


Major friction emerges once again as the prime minister prepares for second round constitutional amendment. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said the bill for amendment will be officially presented to... More

Why the pressure on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?


Pressure has been piling up on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, ever since the formal inauguration of Gwadar port. The inauguration took place after a series of sabotages and immediately... More

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Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... 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

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