Can the new China-India thaw last?

A year after Doklam, India appears to be intent on seeking friendlier ties with Beijing. Whether this is sustainable for the long-term, however, is unclear. Even as this process has unfolded, India continues to worry about China’s... More

Pakistan: Migrant and nation

On Sunday, September 16, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that he would start “work immediately” on providing passports to the children of refugees born in Pakistan. He might soon have to eat his words because the opposition... More

India tries to boost Nepal ties despite China factor

India has been able to deliver on 16 of the 21 points raised by Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli during bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in April, top foreign ministry officials said, with... More

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali over human rights...

The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. UN spokesman... More

Bhutan votes for change

Winning 30 of the 47 constituencies, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) won the third parliamentary national assembly election yesterday. As claimed by party president Lotay Tshering in all campaign speeches, DNT ‘easily’ swept all 12 western and southwestern dzongkhags,... More

CPEC won’t be derailed by misleading reports

Not long ago, I did field research along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route and was very impressed by the progress of infrastructure construction. Here are just a few observations. First, the Gwadar Port is becoming Pakistan's most... More

Indo-Russian path to cooperation not rosy

Whether or not India has to pay the price of sanctions for acquiring the S-400 from Russia, it can no longer boast about its democratic partnership with the US. The deal places India in the uncomfortable company... More

Cutting Financial Aid To Pakistan May Not Bring Peace To Afghanistan

A new report by the State Department on terrorism criticizes Pakistan for failing to prevent terrorist groups, especially the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network (HQN), from using Pakistan as a safe haven. But the reality is that these original... More

Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip

April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi assuming the position of state councillor of Myanmar. Despite predictions that Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy would weaken the country’s long-standing relationship with Beijing, the security... More

Afghan leader blindsided by US meeting with Taliban, officials say

When the White House ordered American diplomats this summer to engage the Taliban directly in the hopes of jump-starting an Afghan peace process, many in Afghanistan welcomed it as a vital first step in trying to break... More

Young guns: The smouldering anger of Kashmiri youth

A silver lining can, at times, be eclipsed by clouds. A young scholar from Kashmir has made it to one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the United States of America. But this scholar could be... More

With Nod to Draft Broadcast Law, Bangladesh Furthers Attempts to Curb Free...

Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday approved a law which would allow the government to send someone to jail for giving “misleading and false” information in a talk show. According to cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, the draft of the... More

China woos Bhutan, at the expense of rival India

Bhutan, the small mountain kingdom between China and India, is the latest beneficiary of Chinese soft power, with Beijing making quiet inroads at New Delhi’s expense. China’s annexation of Tibet in 1951 and an unresolved border dispute have... More

Pakistan urges Russia to enhance defence ties

Pakistan has urged Russia to enhance the defence ties as the new partners prepare to hold joint military drills ‘Friendship 2018’ this month, officials said on Tuesday. Senior government officials told The Nation that Islamabad had made it... More

After Assam, will Tripura be the next state to get a National...

On October 8, the Supreme Court sent a notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking a National Register of Citizens for Tripura. The petition was filed by the Tripura People’s Front and... More

India’s blasé attitude to Bhutan only makes China more attractive

Former Major General Ravi Arora, Chief Editor, Indian Military Review, said, “We are not getting bang for our buck .” “Countries like Nepal and Bhutan have to incline towards India, because of geographical considerations,” said General Bipin Rawat,... More

Why educated Kashmiri youth continue to join militancy

Last week, for the first time in the three-decade militancy in Kashmir, a rebel group which is a key constituent of Syed Salah-ud-Din-led United Jehad Council (UJC) asked students in Kashmir to “stay away” from armed struggle... More

India remains wary of China

The standing committee on external affairs in its latest report on Sino-India relations stated that China continues to display double standards as far as India is concerned. It ignores India’s objections on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor,... More

India to set up 3 new agencies, including cyber and space, to...

India has moved a step closer to dealing with contemporary and new threats with the Cabinet Committee on Security recently clearing the formation of three agencies, the Defence Cyber Agency, the Defence Space Agency and the Special... More

India should take lessons on electoral reforms from Bhutan

While Election Commission of India is trying its best to fine-tune the election process, Bhutan is definitely the best place in the neighbourhood to draw inspirations from. As the National Assembly election is scheduled to be held on... More

Rohingya: ‘Better to kill us in India than deport us to Myanmar’

Jafar Alam sits by a small grocery shop in the Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area. A police officer who visited the camp had asked Alam to fill a six-page "personal data" form. Alam refused. "Today,... More


India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... 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