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SOUTHERN EYE: Delhi howls, states woo Chinese investments


(SouthAsianMonitor Exclusive): Indian states, in perpetual competition to woo investments, have not gone slow in trying to attract Chinese investment. This despite the often hostile exchanges across the Himalayas on issues as diverse... More

Foreign policy, Act III


Any contemporary situation appears to follow a pattern described by Shakespeare centuries ago. The third act of his plays is the ‘climax’, which is characterised by acute complications in the story, with no... More

US on South Asia


There is a lot of curiosity about how the Donald Trump administration may deal with Pakistan and the broader South Asian region. But there is too much uncertainty still for political analysis to... More

Cashless economy: A distracting mirage


Every now and then a new word or phrase is introduced into the conversation. On November 8, 2016, it was demonetisation. It was portrayed as the white knight on a steed who will... More

Impact of an unusual selection


At the outset, Lt. Gen. Bipin Rawat must be congratulated upon being appointed as the next Chief of the Army Staff. His rich experience, exposure and hoary regimental traditions will stand him in... More

What after Bhutanese refugees resettlement?


For over two decades, Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, has generously hosted some 120,000 Bhutanese refugees. The predominantly Nepali-speaking Bhutanese identified as Lhotshampas (southerners), were uprooted as a consequence of... More

WHY CHINA IS SENSITIVE ABOUT TAIWAN?


Donald Trump has been elected the new president of the United States. China and America, since their mutual diplomatic recognition in 1979, started diplomatic relations and amended any serious conflict of interest in... More

Acrimony at the heart of Asia


SADLY, a forum established to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and the surrounding nations turned into yet another event of Pakistan-bashing. What happened at the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting... More

Will Obama’s Myanmar legacy survive under Trump?


Aung San Suu Kyi was quick to congratulate U.S. president-elect Donald Trump on his recent victory, but there is no doubt that Myanmar’s state counselor, her government and probably most of the country... More

Power to the people


Federalism is a system of governance in which a country is controlled by two or more levels of governments. The key feature of federalism is decentralisation of political power so as to establish... More

Carrier Just Showed Corporations How to Beat Donald Trump


Today, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous. President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce a deal with United Technologies, the... More

Who is going to relent?


Present political crisis is a result of a combination of issue-based and self-interest-based positions. It is difficult to separate issues from self-interests, for all self-interests are disguised as political issues Nov 30, 2016- As... More

Call for a rethink of India’s regional policy


The transformation of Gwadar port on the Pakistan coast as a base for Chinese Navy ships was long expected, but when media reports actually appeared on Friday to that effect, it was startling... More

TTP and Currency Markets: Election of Donald Trump Foreshadows Trade War in...


US President-elect Donald Trump has effectively sunk the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the broad trade and investment agreement that formed the economic centrepiece of President Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” against China. In... More

China’s Trump card


China has a near-monopoly of rare earth minerals, a key component in everything from iPhones to missile guidance systems While Donald Trump has threatened to erect steep trade barriers against China, Beijing has at... More

Pakistan’s quest for self-reliance in defense


A major international defense exhibition, which is due to open in Karachi tomorrow, marks a timely opportunity for Pakistan to showcase its journey towards self-reliance in the face of significant odds. Whenever sanctioned by Washington... More

India’s reluctance toward regional integration may leave it left out in China’s...


India's strategic suspicions toward China's rising presence in SouthAsia may hobble its ambition to be a great power, even though someobservers think otherwise. Panos Mourdoukoutas, a US-based analyst, criticized Beijing in a Forbes op-ed saying... More

India-Pakistan-China Water Wars


Turmoil in Kashmir has exacerbated the tenuous fault lines in the region. The limited military response afforded to nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan has shifted the confrontation to a new frontier – shared water resources.... More

Are we entering a ‘Post-Western World’?


This month’s BRICS Summit in India has, like the previous summits, sparked a discussion among experts about the role of emerging powers in the international order. What is the impact of the more... More

The Trump effect is likely to reconfigure the region’s politic


During his campaign, Trump had questioned the costs of American alliances and has demanded a redistribution of the defence burdens between the US and its Eurasian partners. A spectre is haunting Eurasia — the spectre... More

Democratic principles can serve both Indian and Nepali interests


Kathmandu’s almost all elitist debates over Nepal-India relations hastily raise a question of whether this relationship served any of Nepal’s interests. Or they invariably focus on how the Indian foreign policy infringed upon... More

COLUMN

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

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?

Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now ‘proven’ and ‘well-established’ involvement in corruption and money-laundering. Or is it? History tells us... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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READER'S VIEW

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