Indian soldier kills three comrades in Kashmir

A paramilitary trooper in Indian-administered Kashmir shot dead three of his comrades early on Thursday (March 21), officials said, as fresh violence raged in the restive territory where 40 troops died in a bombing last month. Separately, an... More

Mizoram’s plan to initiate Assam-like NRC worries state’s Chakmas

On May 18, the Mizoram Assembly unanimously passed a bill to create a register of all households in the state. While introducing the Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019, Chief Minister Zoramthanga said the bill was... More

US remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions: official

The United States remains concerned about India-Pakistan tensions as the nuclear-armed countries’ militaries remain on alert nearly three weeks after their most dangerous confrontation in decades, a senior US administration official said on Wednesday. The official also indicated... More

Resolve post-Pulwama differences bilaterally, China-led SCO tells India, Pakistan

The China-led regional security bloc, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has said India and Pakistan should resolve their differences in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack bilaterally, cautioning them against any spillover of the animosity in the... More

China to provide highly advanced combat drones to Pakistan

After the Indian Air Force (IAF) air strikes targeting the Jaish camps, Pakistan is looking to buy advanced drones from China. According to reports, Pakistan is planning to purchase highly advanced 'Rainbow series CH4 and CH5' combat... More

IAF to finally get Chinook helicopters amid India-Pak tension

First proposed in 2006, the heavy lift Chinook helicopter that can transport artillery guns in high altitudes will finally be inducted into the Indian Air Force next week. Four of the 15 helicopters to be purchased will be... More

After 60 years in India, why are Tibetans leaving?

For many years, 34-year-old Kunsang Tenzing has been thinking about leaving India. His family did years ago. Most of his closest friends have also moved. Over the last seven years, the Tibetan refugee community in India has dropped by... More

US State Dept. names Amit Shah, says uncertain future for 4 million...

The US State department has taken note of uncertain future of four million individuals in Assam who were not included in the draft NRC. A 55-page report that includes reference to BJP leadership and government ministers, has... More

US, India collaborating on air-launched drone

The US and India are working on development of a small, air-launched unmanned system that could be launched from cargo aircraft, according to Pentagon acquisition head Ellen Lord. The systems are part of a broader technology effort known... More

Taking China’s cues India begins 1st-ever military drill with 17 African nations

In a bid to match China, India along with 17 African nations (called AFINDEX-19) on Monday commenced a first-ever joint military drill at Aundh Military Station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Contingents from 17 African Nations... More

No soldier prosecuted for rights violations in Kashmir in 28 years: US

The annual report of the US Department of State has painted a grim picture of human rights situation in Kashmir, saying that no prosecution of accused soldiers has been allowed for 28 years as armed forces special... More

China ‘helped defuse Pakistan-India tension’ after Kashmir attack

China played a “constructive role” in reducing tension between Pakistan and India, the Chinese foreign ministry said, after the nuclear-armed rivals almost came to blows last month following an attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed... More

Understanding the latest India-Pakistan meeting on the Kartarpur corridor

On March 14, Pakistan and India’s delegations met on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border to finalize the modalities for the Kartarpur corridor’s opening. The development comes a few weeks after the two countries were on... More

Dalai Lama contemplates Chinese gambit after his death

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned... More

Shouting hollow slogans will not improve India’s strength

As India's general election will take place from April 11 to May 19, Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi used China to attack Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Not a word comes out of his mouth when China... More

Indian military confirms deploying nuclear subs as tensions with Pakistan flared

Major combat units of the Indian Navy including the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier-led battle group, nuclear submarines "and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft" were quickly shifted from exercises to operational deployment as tensions between New... More

US raised objection for the Indo-Russian Nuke Submarine deal

A number of members of the US Congress raised with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale the issue of India signing a deal with Russia for a nuclear submarine last week, official sources said. Gokhale clarified that India finalised the... More

Servicing delays ground India’s best fighter jets SU-30 MKI

With India and Pakistan sabre-rattling over cross-border skirmishes, a distressing fact about India’s premier fighter jets has come to light. According to sources, over 20 SU-30 MKI fighters, the backbone of the Indian Air Force, are lying... More

A battle for plural, secular India as 900 million people gear up...

India goes to the polls in a seven-phase national election that will commence on April 11 and conclude on May 19, with the results declared on May 23. As the world's largest democracy, the current voter base... More

Genocide, war or peace?

A full-scale war between Pakistan and India was averted last month because India’s hastily delivered bombs caused no damage; Pakistan’s response was measured, demonstrating capability but deliberately avoiding Indian casualties; and Prime Minister Imran Khan, apart from... More

India, Pakistan threatened to unleash missiles at each other: sources

The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events... More


Pakistan, Afghan peace and India

After almost two decades the US-led NATO intervention in Afghanistan aimed at eradicating the Taliban had no end in sight. US President Donald Trump and the American people, if not the US military, decided that an honourable exit was necessary to end the longest war in US history. Despite the fact that one of Trump’s election promise was to exit Afghanistan (Iraq and Syria) by reluctantly Troop had approved... More

Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... 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