Regional cooperation, economic connectivity stressed between Nepal-Bangladesh

Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams has said that enhancement of mutual cooperation, along with regional cooperation and economic connectivity, are the needs of the hour. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Trade and... More

How India steadily lost all its leverage in Nepal

At the end of 2015, soon after Nepal promulgated a new constitution, the Madhesis of the country’s southern plains intensified a movement seeking revisions in the structure of political representation and federalism. The constitution,... More

Nepal – in the throes of change and hope

The airport of Kathmandu has gone through the mill of change in recent years as with much of Nepal, politics or otherwise. Where once was a flurry of elbowing for access for immigration documentation... More

Communist Party of India urges govt to have friendly ties with Nepal

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday (Dec 21) urged the Indian government to establish close relation with Nepal without interfering in its internal affairs, Indian media reported. Reacting to the recent victory of... More

Indian PM Modi talks with Nepal’s top leaders over telephone

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has talked with top leaders three major parties over telephone on Thursday (Dec 21) evening. Following the result of the elections of House of Representatives and Provincial Assembly, Indian... More

What does India’s interfence in domestic politics mean for Nepal?

The Commentariat New Delhi has a phalanx of experts observing the neighbours—Nepal-watchers, Bangladesh-watchers etc—and so the question, with all this ogling, why does India walk so regularly into the cross-border quicksand? One reason MEA-NSA-PMO get... More

‘Nepal-China relations will get stronger in future’

China, which is embarking on a journey to build a great modern socialist nation by 2050, is committed to peaceful development of the whole of mankind along with its own goals, according to a... More

With the Left Alliance now dominant in Nepal, India must reach out...

In the recently concluded elections in Nepal, the Left Alliance of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) (MC) – has registered an impressive victory. They may not gain a two-thirds lead... More

India wants Nepal to pay more for its electricity

India has proposed that the price of electricity Nepal has been buying from the southern neighbour be increased. Officials at the Ministry of Energy say India has been pushing Nepal to increase the tariff during... More

Chinese president may visit Nepal in March

Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit Nepal in March 2018. High-level political sources said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had listed Nepal among the countries that the Chinese president would visit in... More

Why India-Nepal ties are likely to worsen

The election victory of a coalition of two Communist parties in the recent elections in Nepal signals difficult days for Indo-Nepal relations. The coalition of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) led by... More

Nepal’s Left Alliance urges govt to pave out way for smooth transition...

CPN-UML chairperson KP Sharma Oli has urged the government to pave out a way for the smooth transition of power. Speaking in a joint press conference organized by the left alliance on Dec 17,... More

Nepal’s upcoming PM will have to balance between India, China, say analysts

In the first parliamentary elections that marked Nepal's complete transition to a parliamentary federal democracy, the public has voted largely in favor of the left-wing alliance between the Communist Party of Nepal — Unified... More

Nepal govt-in-waiting to revive scrapped Chinese dam project, officials say

The leftist alliance that is likely to form Nepal’s new government wants to attract more Chinese investment, including reviving a cancelled dam project, according to a senior member of the group. Leaders of the Communist... More

India welcomes parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal

India has welcomed the conduction of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections held for the first time after the adoption of new constitution in Nepal. In a weekly media briefing by India’s Ministry of External... More

Nepal vote count concludes, UML largest with 80 seats

CPN-UML has emerged as the largest party in Nepal with the end of vote counts of the first-past-the-post (FPTP) for federal parliament and provincial assembly on Wednesday (Dec. 13). As per the final FPTP result,... More

In pro-China Oli, India faces a Himalayan foreign policy challenge

The government of India has been busy flogging Pakistan this election season but it's Nepal which has thrown up one of the biggest challenges for India's neighbourhood policy in recent times. After the communists... More

Watch Nepal, Pakistan is passe: Dawn columnist

India’s opposition party Congress politician and peace activist Mani Shankar Aiyer is being branded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling cabal as an anti-India conspirator working with Pakistan to depose the Bhartiya Janata Party... More

Length of Indo-Nepal border could change after re-demarcation: Officials

The length of the 1,751-kilometre porous border between India and Nepal could change as many areas left out during the previous mapping will be added after a re-demarcation process, officials engaged in the ongoing... More

New govt likely in first week of January

Vote counting of the House of Representatives (HoR) and Provincial Assembly (PA) elections may be nearing conclusion, but it will take another month to form a new government, according to officials. If the current alliance... More

What Left alliance’s victory in Nepal elections would mean for India

Nepal’s Left alliance—forged between the country’s former Maoist rebels and the Communists—seemed headed for a victory in elections aimed at completing the Himalayan nation’s transition to democracy after the abolition of monarchy and an... More


Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More


Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More