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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...

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian...

On Maldives, India appears to be losing the initiative to China

By cold shouldering the Maldivian government’s effort to send a Special Envoy to New Delhi to explain the circumstances which led to the declaration...

Yameen’s brinkmanship lands him in hot water at home and overseas

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s political brinkmanship in the past week or so has landed him in hot water both at home and overseas. As...

Maldivian President Yameen in deep trouble but plays it cool

Faced with a sudden and unexpected challenge from the Supreme Court with far reaching domestic and international consequences, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameenis undoubtedly in...

Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse

Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) has sections which could be used by both the State and private individuals to throttle the freedom of...

Maldives witnesses provocative politics ahead of Presidential poll

The Maldives is known as an idyll of tiny islands surrounded by a placid, deep blue sea – an ideal retreat for those in...

Mounting assaults on freedom of expression in the “World’s Largest Democracy” 

In the 2017 World Press Freedom rankings, India, touted by the US as the “World’s Largest Democracy”, was placed 136th among 180 countries, a...

Long wait for Nepal to get a new Prime Minister

Six weeks have passed since elections to the Nepalese provincial assemblies and the federal parliament were held. The Left Alliance registered a thumping win...

Preservation of Buddhist art helps Pakistan fight stereotyping

In a video address at the opening of the Pakistan Single Country Exhibition here on January 12, Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi made a fervent...

Is Japan out of sync with South Asia’s concerns?

Deeply concerned about China flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, and its expansionist moves in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region...

Indian Muslims face unprecedented suppression under Modi’s watch: US turn a...

Muslims in India are over 14% of the total Indian population of 1.2 billion. But they are worse off, not only in comparison with...

Rise of China has led to militarization of the Indian Ocean

One of the fallouts of the rise of China as an economic and military power in recent times has been the militarization of the...

Yameen’s two-pronged strategy to win the 2018 Presidential election

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who has been drawing intense flak from the opposition and the Western powers for allegedly flouting democratic norms and fostering...

Attacks on Christians in India could be linked to coming elections

The Christmas eve attacks on Christians in some parts of North India may well be a dress rehearsal for stepped up violence against this...

Narrow defeat in Modi’s Gujarat signals Congress comeback

The narrow defeat that the Congress party suffered in the just concluded Gujarat State Assembly elections clearly signals the re-entry of the Congress into...

China overtakes India as Sri Lanka’s single largest trading partner

India has been the single largest trading partner of Sri Lanka for a very long time; especially since 1977. But in 2016, China overtook...

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...

Sino-Lankan Joint Venture to run Hambantota Port inaugurated

A Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Venture to run the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka was officially launched here on Saturday...

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new...

The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international...

UP civic polls indicate BJP’s waning appeal at grassroots

The results of the just concluded municipal electionsin the populous North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh indicate the possibility of the ruling Bharatiya Janata...