Himalayan divide: on the drift in India-Nepal ties

Despite several attempts at a reset, ties between India and Nepal continue to be a cause for concern. The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical... More

The ‘Indo-Pacific’ in India-US relations

Top Indian and U.S. defence and foreign policy officials last week held the inaugural session of the much-hyped "2 plus 2" dialogue in New Delhi. It has further strengthened their bilateral relations and streamlined the ongoing consultations... More

Pakistan introduces new dimensions to broaden CPEC

Pakistan‘s new government has agreed with China to formally invite third-country investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. After a lengthy four-hour meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms Commission of Pakistan and... More

Whatever leverage US had on Pakistan is gone: Imtiaz gul

The US military has made a final decision to cancel hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan. Sputnik spoke with political commentator Imtiaz Gul to find out if this was justified and if this would... More

Are Russia and China sabotaging American policy in Afghanistan?

It will soon be 17 years since 9/11. The United States remains locked in a war of attrition in Afghanistan, and it is far from clear it can win there, supporting a deeply divided, corrupt and ineffective... More

Will Mike Pompeo pressure or please Pakistan’s Imran Khan?

The telephone call should have been a diplomatic formality between allies, centered on a message of congratulations for Imran Khan on his appointment as prime minister. Instead last month's communication from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo set off... More

Making the most of our trade relationship with China

According to the Financial Times (US), the USD 3.7 billion Padma Rail link, for which Beijing has provided more than USD 3 billion, will serve as “a physical reminder of China's growing presence” in Bangladesh. Other media... More

India’s leather exports decline, as cow-related violence increases

Exports of India’s leather industry declined more than 3% in financial year 2016-17 and 1.30% in the first quarter of 2017-18, according to the latest available figures, compared to a growth of more than 18% in 2013-14,... More

Me too urban Naxal: Arundhati Roy

This morning’s papers settle something that we have been debating for a while. A front-page report in the Indian Express says “Police to Court: Those held part of anti-fascist plot to overthrow govt.” We should know by... More

Why are so many ‘urban Maoists’ surfacing in India all of a...

During a recent visit to an exhibition in Berlin on the “People’s Court” that the Nazi regime ran from 1934 to 1945 to try ‘enemies of the state’, I was struck by the eerie familiarity of some... More

Despite playing host at 4th BIMSTEC summit, Nepal has little to look...

The perennially patchy streets of Nepal’s federal capital are undergoing a major overhaul. The unseemly bundles of wires by the roads are being tidied up. The central secretariat is getting a facelift. The Nepali national capital has... More

‘India is one of the world’s most unequal countries’

These days, Vijay Mallya is shorthand for much that is wrong with Indian capitalism—a warning on what can happen when weak institutions allow arrogant billionaire free play. Mallya, unsurprisingly, sees it differently. When journalist and author James... More

Myanmar buries its head in the sand, one year after the Rohingya...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on democratic transition this week was particularly notable for one thing – its omission of the word Rohingya. It was notable because the Rohingya crisis was the issue most present at her address... More

Pak new FM to start a new era of cooperation with neighbors

The newly-appointed foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has acknowledged that there is a need to alter the ‘direction’ of Pakistan’s foreign policy and Pakistan’s new foreign policy would begin and end at Pakistan. In his first address, after... More

India can double its per capita GDP in 30 years by turning...

If India discards religious beliefs that perpetuate caste and gender inequalities, it could more than double its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the last 60 years in half the time, according to an IndiaSpend... More

Gwadar to become the next Dubai, vital for CPEC, says analyst

As the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) develops rapidly, investors have turned their attention to Pakistan's Gwadar port city. Gwadar, one of the Belt and Road Initiative's most crucial corridor junctions, has been speculated to rival the miracle... More

India returning to a protectionist economy, and that is not good

India won its independence from the British on August 15, 1947. So it has been 71 years since the British left. During much of those 71 years that India has been independent, the country followed protectionism and... More

The opening of an India-Myanmar land border crossing: a boon for Northeast...

The recent opening of two land-border crossings between India and Myanmar at Tamu/Moreh in the state of Manipur and Rihkhawdar-Zowkhawtar in Mizoram will go a long way toward bringing India and Myanmar closer. According to a statement issued... More

Maldives, India’s new worry

The latest Maldivian challenge to India is by far the most complex one. That India is not in the good books of Maldives of late is a reality. What should have been expected is the latest "get... More

Time for defence, not offence, in diplomacy

The NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has under nine months till the next Lok Sabha election. Multilaterally, the UN General Assembly session that is commencing next month and the November East Asia Summit in... More

I want to make it clear lynching is a crime, no matter...

In an interview to Times of India, PM Narendra Modi explains why job creation is more than what’s reported, ‘mahagathbandhan’ is a mirage, how laws are getting friendlier for the honest and harsher on the dishonest, and... More


No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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