Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going... More

UN steps up pressure on Myanmar

The United Nations is stepping up pressure on Myanmar to rapidly resolve the violence in its strife-torn western province of Rakhine. In a Presidential Statement, released after the UN Security Council discussed the... More

The Lady, the general and sanctions

Later this month (November) the European Union (EU) and the Organization of Islamic States (OIC) are planning to have a sanctions motion put before the UN Security Council. But all this has done... More

Myanmar’s Rakhine plan runs into trouble

Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian initiative for Rakhine state in western Myanmar is already running into trouble. The country’s fervent Buddhist nationalists, a movement led by the extremist monk, Ashin Wirathu, are vehemently... 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... More

Myanmar’s power industry takes off

Myanmar’s government has launched a concerted effort to meet the country’s growing power needs. Aung San Suu Kyi has realized that the peace process alone cannot ensure stability and national reconciliation, according to... More

Rakhine crisis covers inner conflict

Controlling the violence in Rakhine masks a battle for supremacy within government. The military and the civilian leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi are at loggerheads over how... More

China comes to Myanmar’s aid in face of sanctions

While some countries mull possible sanctions against Myanmar, China stands poised to use the opportunity to prove its friendship. At issue is the situation in Rakhine, which has forced more than 400,000 Muslim... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard place”

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth”... More

Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis

Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar's Rakhine state declared a temporary ceasefire on Sunday. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which issued the statement on their Twitter account, also urged the government to respond... More

Myanmar has launched a diplomatic offensive

The Myanmar government has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend off international criticism of its handling of the violence in Rakhine. The State Councilor’s National Security Advisor, Thaung Tun has already made a... More

Rakhine violence leaves everyone guessing

Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine erupted into violence on Friday, leaving the government’s efforts to find a solution to the communal tension there in tatters. Insurrection and arson engulfed large areas around Maungdaw... More

The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine... More

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim terrorists

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to military... 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... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between the military and the...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively... More

Myanmar continues press repression

Myanmar’s human rights situation is again under the spotlight with the arrival of Professor Yangkee Lee – the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar – last Sunday for a two-week visit.... More

Myanmar’s peace process in tatters

Myanmar’s peace process is fast falling apart. The increasing divisions amongst the county’s rebel ethnic groups is going to severely test the government’s continuing efforts to achieve peace through the Panglong peace conference.... More

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is on the verge of... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms.... More

Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road

Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an Asian diplomat, who closely follows developments, on condition of... More


Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh are cases in... More

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the high Himalayas with China. While... More


Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

Saudi – “Israeli” Leaks: Collusion or opportunism?

Saudi Arabia and “Israel” are very close with one another behind the scenes despite each actor’s public rhetoric to the contrary, and Riyadh might in all likelihood... 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