NRC exercise in West Bengal is a terrible idea

West Bengal is scheduled to have an assembly election in mid-2021. Unlike the last election, the forthcoming election will witness an intense competition for votes, consequent to BJP’s growing popularity in the state. Unfortunately, the macro issues... More

Climate for action: On UN Climate Action Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertive stance on the need for all countries to walk the talk on climate change action is to be welcomed as a signal of India’s own determination to align domestic policy with its... More

Trump on Kashmir

As the leaders of Pakistan and India get ready to fly to the US to attend the UN General Assembly, there has been speculation of a possible meeting on the Kashmir issue at the multilateral moot, with... More

One-language pitch by Amit Shah revives fears

Home minister Amit Shah has test-fired a “one-language” mission, projecting Hindi as the singular choice that can unite the country. The early-morning articulation on Hindi Divas touched a raw nerve in several non-Hindi-speaking states, rekindling fears that the... More

Halting Afghan talks

An unexpected tweet from US President Donald Trump has put the brakes on the Afghan peace talks, giving rise to fears that the hard-won gains for a transition of power in Afghanistan may have been reversed. Mr... More

Nation’s orphans

The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam was released on Saturday (August 31), but a closure to the citizenship issue in the state remains distant. In fact, the initial response of political parties and civil... More

PM Imran on Kashmir

In his televised address to the nation on Monday, there was plenty of justified rage against Indian atrocities in India-held Kashmir from Prime Minister Imran Khan. Some of his suggestions included weekly demonstrations to express solidarity with the... More

Internal affairs: On Assam NRC

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s statement in Dhaka on Tuesday that the soon-to-be-published National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is India’s internal matter lets Bangladesh off the hook as far as a possible return of those... More

Something special: On Narendra Modi’s Bhutan visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Thimphu affirmed a long-standing tradition between India and Bhutan, where the leaders of both countries have given visiting each other a major priority early in their tenures. Mr. Modi... More

A world in denial

Pakistan’s Independence Day was a particularly appropriate occasion to express solidarity with the people of India-held Kashmir who have been so cruelly deprived of their freedom in a manner that exceeds even decades of seeing their homeland... More

Unilateral move will incur risks for India

India's External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar started to visit China on Sunday. The visit was planned before. But recently India unilaterally changed the special status of India-controlled Kashmir, scrapping the Muslim-majority state's autonomy. New Delhi's announcement also... More

India is playing with fire in Kashmir

China has double cause for condemning India’s decision to end the semi-autonomous status of the disputed state of Kashmir, split it into two entities and put them under the direct control of New Delhi. Ladakh, one of... More

India needs to peacefully resolve conflict with Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday introduced a measure to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The decision triggered Pakistan's dissatisfaction and has added much uncertainty to regional conditions. Pakistani... More

Jammu and Kashmir loses status, statehood and land

In one fell swoop, the Narendra Modi government on Monday moved to take away Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and then its statehood as well as territorial integrity. Article 370, which grants the special status, has been virtually... More

Ominous signs

The news emerging from India-held Kashmir is not good. From the looks of it, the Hindu nationalist BJP government in New Delhi is preparing to up the ante in the occupied territory by pouring in troops. Read: India's troop... More

India needs 3rd-party mediation on Kashmir conflict

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying on Friday expressed China's support for the international community, including the US, to play a constructive role in improving India-Pakistan relations. China made the statement after US President Donald Trump's offer... More

The terrorist tag: on the latest amendments to the NIA Act

The idea of designating an individual as a terrorist, as the latest amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act propose to do, may appear innocuous. However, designating an individual as a terrorist raises serious constitutional questions and... More

Trump’s Kashmir offer

There are numerous takeaways from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington. But perhaps the one that has grabbed the most attention is the US leader’s offer to mediate between Pakistan and... More

ICJ ruling

In a verdict which was awaited with great anticipation by both Pakistani and Indian authorities, the International Court of Justice on Wednesday made its decision in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, a spy arrested in... More

NRC Disaster: Centre and Assam virtually admit flaws in the process

In a virtual admission that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam has been a total mess, the Centre and the state government have now moved the Supreme Court seeking re-verification of 20% of NRC... More

A future in peril

As countries marked World Population Day on July 11, the figures for Pakistan painted an alarming picture of a future in peril. Currently, the fifth-most populated country in the world, Pakistan is hurtling towards taking the fourth... More


Onerous task of fighting corruption

Over the decades, corruption has got deeply entrenched in the institutions of the Pakistani State. Corruption has damaged the Pakistani State, its social fabric, its economy and its national security. Fighting corruption is one of the most important objectives of the current Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government. This extremely difficult task... More

Is Mamata warming up to Modi to stem Chidambaram effect!

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is known for her never-say-die combative politics, best evident when she took on Narendra Modi's saffron brigade in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls head-on as no other opposition politician dared to.  So, when she met Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah last... More

Iran drifts away from India towards China

Ever since India’s capitulation to the US and its unconditional obedience in following US policy on Iran’s oil production and sales, there were warnings of an Iranian drift away from India towards China. While Iran’s economic relations with China are not new (they already stand on a strong foundation)... More

Separatist movements threatening India’s existence

India is confronted with a large number of separatist movements is not surprising given its ethnic and religious diversity alongwith a history of multiple sub-nationalisms. Webpage “Quora” counts 135 different separatist movements in India in 2017. Many of those movements being small or even dormant, only prove the multiple tensions... More

Purge in Awami League: But why now?

Bangladesh is seeing a very unusual situation where the leaders of the ruling Awami League party are being expelled and arrested for a variety of economic crimes. It began with a corruption scandal in Jahangirnagar University (JU) involving top two student leaders, Shovon and Rabbani of Chatra League (CL). It... More



Exclusive interview with Bhutan’s Prime Minister

“I will request PM Sheikh Hasina to support us with some (medical) specialists that will be an immediate help for Bhutan” Dr.Lotay Tshering Prime Minister of Bhutan Bhutan’s Prime Minister, Dr. Lotay Tshering, is set to visit Bangladesh on 12th... More