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
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 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
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
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
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 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’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 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
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
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.
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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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