Possible US sanctions on Iran: A blow for India’s...

Western manufacturers are shying away from supplying equipment for Iranian Chabahar Port that India is developing for fear the United States may reimpose sanctions on... More

India’s oil demand rises most since November’s demonetisation

India’s oil demand bounced back in May, led by the highest growth in gasoline consumption in nine months and the fastest increase in diesel usage... More

M.P. farmer ‘thrashed by police’ dies

A 26-year-old farmer, Ghanshyam Dhakad, died on Friday after he was reportedly beaten up by police in violence-hit Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh. He is the sixth... More

150 Hindu outfits to meet in Goa to discuss...

Approximately 150 Hindu outfits will meet in Goa from June 14 to17 for a convention to chalk out a programme for establishing a ‘Hindu Rashtra’... More

Xi: China and India should manage differences

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries should work to "appropriately" manage their differences, the Chinese... More

Modi meets Xi Jinping on SCO sidelines

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (9 June) met President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana,... More

Indian police briefly detain Rahul Gandhi

Indian police on Thursday briefly detained leading opposition figure Rahul Gandhi as he tried to reach farmers striking in Madhya Pradesh, where five protesters were... More

Concerns over pro-Hindu party meeting with Kerala bishops

A meeting between India's pro-Hindu party and the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council has divided opinion within the Christian community. Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata... More

Madhya Pradesh farmer’s defy curfew

Following the violent turn of events at the Mandsaur farmer agitation in Madhya Pradesh, the state government on Thursday removed Superintendent of Police O P... More

Indian Navy chief to visit Israel next week after...

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will visit Israel next week close on the heels of Israel signing two major defence contracts with India and Prime... More

The government is seeking to muzzle media that is...

Whichever way one looks at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids conducted on the NDTV offices and the residence of its promoters, it is difficult to... More

Soldiers killed in action are not martyrs. ‘Martyr’ has...

I have a problem with calling soldiers killed in action martyrs. I know it’s meant as respect and I’m well aware it’s intended as an... More

China slams Pentagon report on overseas military bases

Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as ‘irresponsible’ an annual US Defense Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in... More

India will choose Pranab’s successor as president on July...

With the term of President Pranab Mukherjee set to expire on July 24, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday, June 7, announced the schedule for the presidential... More

Geopolitical bias blinds India to benefits of cooperation with...

China denied accusations that its military helicopters had violated India's airspace on Monday, reported Global Times, a state controlled Chinese media. Indian media earlier claimed... More

Army officer, 3 militants, civilian killed in Nagaland operation

An Army officer was killed and three soldiers were injured in an operation against a combined group of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)... More

Women to be allowed combat roles in Indian Army

In a transformational move, the Indian Army is all set to open-up combat positions for women, a gender barrier broken by only a few countries... More

After Maharashtra, farmer unrest rocks MP: 6 killed in...

As Maharashtra moved to contain an ongoing protest by farmers with a loan waiver, a similar protest in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh took a violent turn... More

US, India pitch for freedom of navigation in South China Sea irks China

US Defense Secretary James Mattis advocated freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific region at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore over the weekend. In response, Chinese... More

India mulls greater deployment of armor and Special Forces...

India is mulling greater deployment of armor and Special Forces on its borders with Pakistan and China in view of the sustained threat from those... More

Transacting with Trump

Delhi tends to use the word “transactional” pejoratively. This is particularly true of the Indian discourse on the partnership with the United States. The political... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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