Amid call for help, ex-Maldivian president meets Indian defence minister

Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed met defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and sought India’s intervention to defuse the crisis in his country in the wake of the government imposing a state of emergency after refusing... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking... More

Maldives president seeks approval to extend state of emergency by 30 days

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday (Feb 19) sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency by 30 days, saying a threat to national security had not diminished and a constitutional crisis had... More

Maldives seeks foreign help to investigate arrested judges’ wealth

Maldives will seek help from other countries to investigate judges suspected of taking bribes and “hijacking” the Supreme Court to drag the island nation into political crisis, a senior Maldives diplomat told Reuters in... More

Maldives police interrupts opposition rally

Officers of Maldives Police Service on Firday (Feb 16) has interrupted the opposition protesters who gathered at their prime focal point. The multi-party opposition movement had its supporters come down the streets of capital city... More

Delhi and Maldives break the ice first time in latest chill

For the first since the Maldives government imposed emergency and arrested a former president and the Supreme Court chief justice 10 days ago, triggering alarm bells in the region and the West, the Indian... More


Tourists have been cancelling hundreds of hotel bookings in the Maldives every day since the imposition of a state of emergency last week, tour operators say, despite government assurances things are normal in the... More

Maldivian opposition MPs removed from parliament compound

Madivian opposition lawmakers were manhandled and removed from the parliament compound in Malé on Wednesday (Feb 14) by the army, which had spent hours blocking their access to the main building. Pictures and video footage... More

India won’t send troops, says Maldives military

India government has assured that it would not deploy its troops to the Maldives to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the archipelago, Maldives military confirmed Tuesday (Feb 13). Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) in... More

China will ‘take action’ if India sends troops to Maldives

China’s state-run tabloid Global Times warned that Beijing will retaliate if New Delhi unilaterally decides to send troops to the crisis-hit Maldives. “Without U.N. empowerment, there would be no righteous cause for any armed force... More

China rejects former Maldivian president’s accusations of ‘land grabbing’

China has rejected claims by former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed that Beijing was engaged in "land grabbing" in the island nation. The exiled former President was recently quoted by the "Maldives Independent" as saying... More

How ‘India First’ turned into ‘China First’ for Maldives

It was only a few weeks ago that Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim arrived in India as a special envoy for President Abdulla Yameen, swearing by his ostensible "India First" policy. Little known was... More

India, China vie for influence as crisis unfolds in Maldives

As a political crisis plays out in the Maldives, a quiet tug of war is taking place around it, with heavyweights China and India vying for strategic dominance in the picturesque Indian Ocean nation. At... More

On Maldives, India appears to be losing the initiative to China

By cold shouldering the Maldivian government’s effort to send a Special Envoy to New Delhi to explain the circumstances which led to the declaration of a State of Emergency and the arrests that followed... More

Island Paradise Becomes Latest Flashpoint in India-China Rivalry

A power struggle in the Maldives, a tiny Indian Ocean nation known for scenic luxury resorts and crystal-clear blue water, is taking center stage in a wider battle for regional influence between India and... More

China rejects UN role, offers mediation in Maldives

China on Thursday (Feb 8) rejected United Nations’ intervention to resolve the crisis in Maldives, but offered to mediate between the feuding parties in the archipelago. Asked to comment on China’s position on a possible... More

Maldives’ embattled president sends envoys to China, Saudi for support

The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the... More

China opposes Indian military intervention in Maldives

China on Wednesday (Feb 7) opposed any military intervention in the Maldives, saying such a move would further complicate the situation. On Tuesday, former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed had sought India's help to resolve... More

Maldives police implicate Gayoom, judges in ‘multi-million’ coup plot

Maldives police on Wednesday (Feb 7) accused former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of bribing the now jailed top court judges to issue the order to release jailed political leaders in a bid to overthrow... More

Maldives crisis spirals: Indian tanks, special forces on standby

Besides small arms and mortars, a “few tanks” form part of the 400-600 Indian army soldiers’ weaponry in the event of their departure for Male, the Maldives capital, once the military top brass receives... More

Exiled Maldives opposition leader asks India, US to help remove President Yameen

An exiled former president of the Maldives urged India on Tuesday (Feb 6) to send an envoy backed by military to release political prisoners after the government of the Indian Ocean archipelago imposed a... 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