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Myanmar’s Censorship worries


A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory... More

Big talk won’t help Indian army


It is not yet known what Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has done to address procurement issues to equip his one million plus force. The Indian army is a fine professional fighting force... More

QUAD back in Asia


US president Donald Trump began his presidency by howling "America First" at the top of his voice. State Department officials, who had conceived and developed Barack Obama's "Asia Pivot" were apprehensive that the US... 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... More

India for naval alliance to tackle China


Much as China seeks to exploit 'India fears' amongst smaller South Asian nations to make inroads into the region, India is trying to play on fears of China's neighbors in south-east Asia to work... More

Modi’s Naga failure


Despite much chest thumping surrounding the signing of a framework agreement in 2015, the Modi administration in India has failed to conclude a final settlement with Naga rebel leaders who have led India's oldest... More

Modi losing steam


Why is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he can drink poison for the 'good of the country'? Such a desperate pronouncement from someone claiming a 56-inch chest does suggest the aggressive leader and powerful... More

Lady and her generals 


"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for... More

How good a Defence Minister would Nirmala be?


The BJP has tried to project Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as a full cabinet minister as an example of women empowerment in India. Some in the party have also pointed out that making her India's... More

Hapless people in a fluid corridor 


In the 1970s, an Indian army brigadier took up the cause of his people suffering human rights violations in his native Mizoram in the country's northeast. His human rights forum ultimately provided him the... More

The Daughters of the East


Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Battlelines drawn on Rohingya issue


The Rohingya issue is seen as a serious humanitarian question by the UN and international human rights and civil liberties groups, but national interest seems to be dictating the response of Asian nations to... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Democracy or Development: Myanmar’s big debate


The debate about whether Myanmar needs development more than democracy seems to have gained some traction in recent months, partly due to the lacklustre performance of the Aung San Suu Kyio government and somewhat... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Another hornet’s nest stirred


The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

What a Quid Pro Quo!


Some recent reports have suggested that US President Donald Trump was keen on a deal with China to rein in North Korea. Before his secretary of state Rex Tillerson made the startling disclosure that... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises


It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to soothe nerves in Beijing, but the claim is not quite... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Why the Sikkim standoff! 


China's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of trying to build a C40 road through Bhutan's Doklam plateau near the tri-junction with Bhutan and Tibet. Sketchy media reports spoke of 'jostling' but no... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Modi’s Israel Moment


Not many in South Asia would have noticed that the visit to Israel by Narendra Modi, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, began on a day that marks the anniversary of the... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

F-16 manufacturing no big deal for India 


India's current dispensation is well versed in projecting defeat as victory and loss as gain. From demonetisation to Kashmir to Northeast to its relations with US, Modi's government has managed promotion of self-delusion to... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Better Late than Never


As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN... More

India: Playing the Tibet card!


"China’s refusal to acknowledge Indian national security concerns is now leading to a gradual but significant change in India’s Tibet policy," wrote Indian columnist Harsh Pant in a recent comment piece.  "The Modi government... More

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Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More