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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More
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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More
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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... 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... More

Losing the Script in Kashmir


The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as an perfect indicator of trends... More
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Can India afford to ignore OBOR


India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues,... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

India looking at an anti-Pakistan front!


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sharp initial focus on improving relations with countries in the neighbourhood, evident when he invited South Asian presidents and prime ministers to his swearing in... More
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Repeal AFSPA in India


The draconian Indian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA, has wiped out the human face of counter-insurgency in the country’s many conflict zones. Just see the Bollywood... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

China’s Bengal foray


This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not... More
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Reverse To Repair


(Exclusive): The nosedive in Sino-Indian relations over Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh (Southern Tibet to Beijing, integral part of India as far as Delhi is concerned) has left... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Time to act on Felani


(Exclusive): As protests in Nepal mounted over the recent killing of Govind Gautam , India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval telephoned Prime Minister Prachanda to offer condolences and promised... More

COLUMN

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... 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 Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... 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 what they do. Two... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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