Lawlessness in India’s Uttar Pradesh: Successive police chiefs have let the force...

It was amusing to see some time ago, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government claim that the law and order situation in the state had improved after Yogi Adityanath took over as the More

Russia ready to invest $2b in Pakistan’s energy projects

A state-run Russian firm, Inter RAO Engineering, has offered to invest $2 billion in Pakistan’s water and power sector projects, including Mohmand dam. Inter RAO Engineering is one of the largest Russian public energy companies that has joint... More

No progress on India-China relations, Modi govt creates optical illusion ahead of...

Both Indian and the Chinese sides are busy giving out positive optics of "all is well" to the people and the world which is being lapped up eagerly by all including the media after the Wuhan summit... More

Maldives won’t be used as a plaything for powers in Indian Ocean:...

After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated pro-China Abdullah Yameen in the presidential elections in the Maldives last September, he chose India for his maiden state visit last month. In his first interview as President, Solih told Dipanjan Roy... More

‘I Sacrificed Something Very Dear to Me for Kashmir’: Shah Faesal

On January 9, Dr Shah Faesal, who topped the 2010 civil service examinations and worked as an IAS officer in Jammu and Kashmir, resigned from the civil services to protest the “unabated killings in Kashmir” and the... More

Who will control Afghanistan?

Every year the American mega sale event Black Friday falls right after Thanksgiving. The joke among Americans-which I suspect is made by immigrants since outsiders anywhere can detect what locals take for granted-is that right after people... More

Five fiscal messes India can’t blame on the RBI

Instead of blaming the central bank at every opportunity for its poor stewardship of the economy, India’s finance ministry should reflect on its own record, especially its five failures of fiscal policy in almost as many years. The... More

America getting weary of Afghan war

US senator Elizabeth Warren in her recent interview has concurred with President Donald Trump over his aim to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria. An otherwise strong critique of Donald Trump, Warren believes that these wars are... More

Pakistan asks China to diversify investments, PM adviser says

Pakistan is asking China to shift its investment focus from power and infrastructure projects to industrialization, agriculture and education as regards the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a cornerstone of Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative. Abdul... More

India’s border trade: Nepal tops the list, Bangladesh second

India’s border trade with its six neighbouring countries — China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar — accounts for a little over $12 billion, which is just 1.56% of India’s total global trade of $769 billion in... More

Trade deficit, depleting forex reserves prompt Nepal to take measures to boost...

The Nepali government has moved to take measures to boost exports and restrict imports as the country is worried about widening trade deficit and the decrease in foreign exchange reserves. Nepal's Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies on... More

Five major challenges that shook India’s economy in 2018

From GST to RBI to NPAs, both institutions and governance had a turbulent ride. The year 2018 saw significant challenges for the Indian economy. Implementation of the GST, a new bankruptcy process, recognition of non-performing loans by banks,... More

Reading the signals: India has a new military strategy against China

Earlier this month, as a part of Exercise Bahubali, the Indian Air Force (IAF) used its C-17 Globemasters to carry, as this newspaper reported, tanks and armoured personnel carriers to Leh airport. The objective was to demonstrate... More

No end to cycle of violence in Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir has been on the boil yet again, and so yet again the festering wounds have shown up. In the latest episode of unending battle between the security forces and the separatists, 11 people have been killed... More

Economic corridor with China key to Myanmar’s peace process

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed the chairwoman of a panel to oversee Belt and Road initiative (BRI) projects on December 7. The steering committee with Vice President U Myint Swe, ministers, and regional... More

Tibetan body responds to SAM story on rift between Dalai Lama and...

Apropos the article ‘Differences between Dalai Lama and CTA president put Tibetan politics in a tailspin’ by Rajeev Sharma, published on November 27 on the South Asian Monitor, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) finds the article not only a misrepresentation... More

Why India’s BJP wants to rekindle the Babri mosque dispute

Twenty-six years ago, Hindu nationalists destroyed the Babri Masjid in the northern city of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh state, sparking some of the bloodiest communal violence in India's recent history, which killed some 2,000 people. The perpetrators claimed... More

After the assembly polls, will an alternative politics gain momentum?

I am not an ‘election expert’. However, as the election results surprises us and made us understand the meaning of the changing political landscape in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, I began to recall a lesson that... More

Sri Lanka provides right ground for implementing ‘China-India Plus’ plan

Sri Lanka’s recent political crisis has attracted global attention with the appointment of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Many observers link the leadership change to the contest for influence in South Asia between... More

As election nears, religious tensions surge in an Indian village

Nayabans isn't remarkable as northern Indian villages go. Sugar cane grows in surrounding fields, women carry animal feed in bullock carts through narrow lanes, people chatter outside a store and cows loiter. But this week, the village in... More

Farmers’ anger descends on Delhi

More than 100,000 farmers from across the country took to streets of Delhi on November 30 to express their fury over the government’s alleged apathy toward an ongoing agrarian crisis. Marching to the capital’s Parliament Street, they... More


By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More