Bangladesh fears exodus of Bengalis from Assam

The ongoing process of compiling the National Register of Citizens in Assam may trigger an exodus of Bengalis and create one more Rohingya-like refugee crisis for Bangladesh, senior officials of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s... More

China rejects reports of talks with Baloch rebels to protect CPEC investment

China has rejected a report claiming that it had been engaged in low-key dialogue with Baloch separatists for over five years in a bid to secure the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project in... More

India’s public statements ‘unhelpful’, says Maldives

The Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement expressing disappointment over the public statements issued by the government of India citing they "ignore the facts and ground realities." The ministry on Thursday (Feb... More

India, China, Nepal should step up interaction for win-win outcomes: Beijing

India, China and Nepal should step up "sound interaction for win-win outcomes", Beijing on Thursday (Feb 22) said as it congratulated the new Nepalese government headed by K P Oli. After winning the recent parliamentary... More

India shouldn’t worry about China-Bangladesh ties, says Sheikh Hasina

India should not be worried about Bangladesh's growing ties with China, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, asserting that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the country's development. Hasina said her government was... More

China wanted to split India, Bhutan through Doklam: Shivshankar Menon

China's political goal was to "split" India and Bhutan over the Doklam standoff, India’s former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said on Wednesday while appreciating the way the government handled the issue. Menon, who was... More

Time to reflect on advancing ties with Bhutan: Sushma

As India and Bhutan celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday (Feb 21) said that it is an opportunity to reflect about further advancing ties between... More

US urges Taliban to speak with Kabul first if they want peace...

The United States urged the Taliban to speak with the Afghan government first if they want to hold peace talks with Washington. “We have seen the Taliban statement. We will know the Taliban are serious... More

China in talks with Baloch militants to secure CPEC projects

China has been quietly holding talks with Baloch militants for more than five years in an effort to protect the $60 billion worth of infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan... More

Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions

Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of... More

India expects Maldives to end emergency, implement top court order

India on Tuesday (Feb 20) urged the Maldives government against seeking an extension of the state of emergency and resume the political process with immediate effect. The island nation has been embroiled in fresh political... More

Nepal’s ruling party merges into super bloc with Maoists

Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of turbulence in the Himalayan nation. Officials said Tuesday (Feb 20)... More

Sri Lankan president’s party agrees to stay in unity govt

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in discussions Monday with President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to remain within the UNP led coalition government, but had not fully given up hopes of replacing PM Ranil... More

Israel plans post harvest warehouses in Myanmar’s Mandalay

An Israeli company is in talks with the government to build warehouses within a year to help farmers with post-harvest production in Mandalay Region. Avri Bar Zur, chief agronomist at Oz Agribusiness Projects and Investments... More

Australia, US, India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road...

Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence,... More

Chinese consortium becomes BD Stock Exchange’s strategic investor

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) of Bangladesh has decided to sell 25% of its shares to a consortium of the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), considering it a strategic investor. The... More

Indian Army Chief, NSA, FS visited Bhutan, discussed strategic issues

India’s Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval quietly travelled to Bhutan earlier this month on a rare visit during which they held extensive talks with... More

Pak army chief urges US not to blame Pakistan for its failures

Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa on Saturday asked the US to stop blaming Pakistan for its problems in Afghanistan and instead search for the reasons for its failures. He was speaking at the Munich... More

Pakistan’s Punjab govt moves to seize assets of JuD, its welfare wing

Acting swiftly on a notification issued by the federal government, Punjab has started taking over all the moveable and immovable assets of the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) operating in the... More

UK lifts ban on air cargo flights from Dhaka

The United Kingdom has withdrawn its ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London following a significant progress made in meeting a number of important security conditions, reports UNB. Bangladesh’s Civil Aviation and Tourism... More

India, Iran agree to step up efforts to help Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed on Saturday (Feb 17) to step up efforts to bring stability to war-ravaged Afghanistan. Modi reiterated India's commitment to help Afghanistan become “a peaceful,... More


The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More