Pellet gun victims stage protest in Srinagar  

The Jammu and Kashmir Pellet Victims Association staged a protest at Srinagar's Press Enclave in India-held Kashmir on Tuesday (Feb 20). The group, a gathering of victims of pellet guns fired by Indian security forces... More

Cabinet reshuffle likely, SLFP members threaten to leave coalition

Under the watchful eye of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who awaits for a chance to consolidate his landslide local government February 10 polls, the coalition government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil... More

Lankan PM says won’t quit

Sri Lanka Saturday completes six days in political limbo after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a landslide victory in the February 10 local government elections. With President Maithripala Sirisena’s defeated SLFP members virtually falling at... More

It’s vendetta in Dhaka, India must not meddle

The general election in Bangladesh is due in December this year and the leader of the main Opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, has been jailed for five... More

What the conviction of Bangladesh’s main opposition leader Khaleda Zia means for...

On February 8, a court in Bangladesh sentenced the opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in prison. She was convicted of indulging in corruption when she was prime minister a decade ago. Zia heads... More

‘Khaleda verdict an obstacle to fair polls’

Former professor of Dhaka University Mahbub Ullah feels the verdict in a graft case that jailed BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) Chairperson Khaleda Zia will hamper a participatory and fair election. "If there is no... More

Former Prez Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP heads for sweeping victory in local govt....

The 2015 January 08 Presidential election was considered an important milestone in Lankan political history where a powerful ruler considered an autocrat by some was replaced democratically by a comparatively low profile competitor. But three... More

Tread softly on Maldives

The prescriptive, partisan and provocative approach that South Block took – for reasons that are best known to the Indian establishment – over the developments in the Maldives has suffered an embarrassing rebuff. The MEA... More

The coming US-China war?

The Doomsday Clock was recently reset to two minutes to midnight, indicating the dangerous times mankind is passing through currently. This is a notional device that measures the time we have left to live... More

8 of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic air

People living in eight of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic dust particles, PM 10, at levels exceeding national safety limits, according to a recent report. National capital Delhi has the worst air in the... More

The drama of replacing PM, jailing Gotabaya and de-franchising Mahinda

As President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party  (SLFP),  gets increasingly critical of his National Unity government’s coalition partner, the United National Party, (UNP), the latest moves... More

Political crisis brews as police file murder charges against army in India’s...

The alliance between India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the local People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the restive Jammu and Kashmir province is being severely tested over recent civilian killings by... More

India misleading US on why it is failing in Afghanistan

Because of what they read and hear in the media, it may seem far-fetched to most US and other Western readers, but the fact is this – it is India that is lying to... More

New Delhi shies away from confrontation with Beijing

China has become an increasingly influential driver of India's foreign policy decisions. Four of the last five foreign secretaries were formerly India's ambassadors to China and one of them rose to become the national... More

Budget 2018: Why record harvests, Govt spending not enough for Indian farmers

 Indian farms produced record harvests in 2017, and the government’s agricultural budget rose 111% over four years to 2017-18. Yet, prices crashed, 8,007 farmers committed suicide in 2015, unpaid agricultural loans rose 20% between... More

India’s geopolitical bluff baffles China

All 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in New Delhi on Thursday (Jan 25) for the India-ASEAN summit and the following day's Republic Day celebrations. As a milestone of... More

Modi talks of diversity in Davos but presides over a regime of...

If you have been led to believe that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the World Economic Forum was an ode to diversity, you need to go through his speech again. His long discourse... More

‘SAARC can learn from ASEAN’

One of Singapore’s best known diplomats and now an academic, Kishore Mahbubani’s latest book The ASEAN miracle advocates a Nobel peace prize for the regional grouping. Ahead of the ASEAN-India 25th year commemorative summit... More

India needs to re-calibrate its neighbourhood foreign policy

In early May 2009, the then Indian ambassador to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, invited a few of us visiting journalists from India for breakfast to his office in the Indian embassy. Sood was then facing... More

Only 1 in 1,000 Indians lives in area with clean air: New...

In 2015, only one in 1000 Indians lived in areas where particulate pollution did not exceed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) safe levels for fine, toxic dust particles called PM 2.5, according to a... More

India’s flirtation with the ‘war talk’ has Nuclear war clouds hovering over...

The Indian civil and military leadership’s irrational war-mongering could have disastrous consequences for the subcontinent in particular, and the South Asia in general. The flirtation with ‘nuclear bluff’ and ‘surgical strikes’ only thicken the... More


On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More


Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More