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Persecuted and chased away Rohingya seek elusive home in cramped camps of...


For the Rohingya, considered to be the 'most persecuted community in the world', the comforts of home are elusive. Starting August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar to escape a brutal army-led crackdown in its... More

US officials converge on Pakistan seeking Afghan peace


After a successful mission to Turkey this weekend on US President Trump’s behalf, his leading Republican ally Senator Lindsey Graham is reportedly heading for Islamabad on a similar mission seeking rapprochement with another truculent erstwhile ally of... More

BJP plans to use EWS quota, citizenship Bill to consolidate Hindu votes...


To consolidate Hindu votes in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is preparing strategies to cash in on the legislation to provide 10 per cent quota for economically backward sections in general category... More

Foreign development in Myanmar sparks concern over transparency, regulation


In the dusty Myanmar border town of Shwe Koko, ethnic Karen shop owner Saw Tu wipes the dust off a bag of red chili peppers as he prepares for another day of business at the local market. Basic... More

Citizenship Bill reveals fault lines among BJP units in northeast


The controversy over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has laid bare differences among state units of the Bharatiya Janata More

Is it sensible for India to follow US’ footprint?


One of the achievements that China and India made on the diplomatic front in 2018 was the improvement in bilateral relations.  The informal Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in... More

India scaling up defence diplomacy in extended neighbourhood


Keeping regional security in mind, India has scaled up its defence cooperation with its extended neighbourhood in the last three years under New Delhi's Neighbourhood First, Act East and Look West policies. Informed sources here said there has... More

Pakistan turns to Gulf countries to keep economy afloat


Prime Minister Imran Khan has opened a new chapter in Pakistan’s long history of using its strategic position to win foreign support—this time turning to Arab Gulf nations to help keep the economy afloat. Saudi Arabia and its... More

Bangladeshis welcome Chinese investment but want questions answered


Bangladeshi experts and scholars raised tough questions about Rohingya refugees and the so-called debt trap to the Global Times following the "Dialogue on China-Bangladesh relations: predicting the future" symposium held on December 8, 2018, in Dhaka, capital... More

Citizenship Bill: Strikes have become test case for freedom of speech in...


Labor strikes and shutdowns have become the weapon of choice for groups in northeast Assam that oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, despite warnings that anyone complying might be in contempt of court. There has been a series of... More

Has Pakistan come out on top in the war in Afghanistan?


Afghanistan was on everyone’s lips when I visited Pakistan recently for the 2019 Lahore ThinkFest, a festival of ideas bringing together academics, writers and journalists from all over the world. Some Pakistanis told me triumphantly that their country... More

Despite stirrings, revival of Nepal’s monarchy and Hindu character unlikely


Thirteen years ago, major political forces promulgated the interim constitution of Nepal (2007), following the formal entry of the warring Maoists into mainstream politics in 2006. The constitution, Nepal’s sixth, annulled all powers of the monarchy and... More

New government in Bangladesh: Implications for China-Bangladesh relations


The People’s Republic of China is one of the earliest countries to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory by securing two-third majority More

‘Kashmiri body bags sell well in India for gaining votes’


Fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir has intensified since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 amid rising attacks by Hindu hardliners against minorities in the country, further deepening frustration with New Delhi’s... More

Endgame in Afghanistan


The endgame in Afghanistan is evolving rapidly. Expectations of an end to America’s long military adventure in Afghanistan have unleashed multiple moves to shape the country’s future. Current diplomacy may lead to either a political settlement which brings... More

Future of Maldives ruling coalition into doubt


The Maldivian Democratic Party-led coalition appears to be on the verge of collapse after Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim announced he was open to talks with other parties to jointly contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. After escalating attacks... More

US-India ties in 2019: What’s new, good or bad


Relations between the United States and India ended 2018 with a thud. While bilateral trade is up, trade sentiments are down. We secured important new defence agreements at the inaugural ‘2+2 Ministerial Dialogue’ on Sept. 6 in... More

As China expands, India contracts


A leading British diplomat to India once narrated an interesting anecdote to me. His story began with his visit to Phuntsoling in southern Bhutan. Bhutan is a peaceful and peculiar Himalayan nation, rated as the world’s happiest country,... More

Demographic shift impacts South India


If the Tamil Nadu government is hiring Bengali teachers, attribute it to two fundamental demographic shifts: the South is getting older; and the natural growth rate of population is also the lowest in the region. The regional disparity... More

BJP’s declining popularity with voters exposes cracks within


Signs of nervousness have become apparent among leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party as questions are raised over the “inevitability” of Narendra Modi’s government returning to office in the coming elections. Memories of the historic mandate won... More

Bilateral experts report on new India-Nepal treaty likely to face roadblocks


A new treaty allowing Nepal transit for arms and ammunition from third countries (but only after assuring Indian interests will be protected), and a hi-tech monitoring system for the border that will not diminish its open character... More

COLUMN

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

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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