SOUTHERN EYE

SOUTHERN EYE

Indian military diplomacy picking up


Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the... More

India for naval alliance to tackle China


Much as China seeks to exploit 'India fears' amongst smaller South Asian nations to make inroads into the region, India is trying to play on fears of China's neighbors in south-east Asia to... More

Modi’s Naga failure


Despite much chest thumping surrounding the signing of a framework agreement in 2015, the Modi administration in India has failed to conclude a final settlement with Naga rebel leaders who have led India's... More

Modi losing steam


Why is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he can drink poison for the 'good of the country'? Such a desperate pronouncement from someone claiming a 56-inch chest does suggest the aggressive leader and... More

Lady and her generals 


"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame... More

How good a Defence Minister would Nirmala be?


The BJP has tried to project Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation as a full cabinet minister as an example of women empowerment in India. Some in the party have also pointed out that making her... More

Hapless people in a fluid corridor 


In the 1970s, an Indian army brigadier took up the cause of his people suffering human rights violations in his native Mizoram in the country's northeast. His human rights forum ultimately provided him... More

The Daughters of the East


Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Battlelines drawn on Rohingya issue


The Rohingya issue is seen as a serious humanitarian question by the UN and international human rights and civil liberties groups, but national interest seems to be dictating the response of Asian nations... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Democracy or Development: Myanmar’s big debate


The debate about whether Myanmar needs development more than democracy seems to have gained some traction in recent months, partly due to the lacklustre performance of the Aung San Suu Kyio government and... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Another hornet’s nest stirred


The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit,... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

What a Quid Pro Quo!


Some recent reports have suggested that US President Donald Trump was keen on a deal with China to rein in North Korea. Before his secretary of state Rex Tillerson made the startling disclosure... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises


It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to soothe nerves in Beijing, but the claim is not... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Why the Sikkim standoff! 


China's Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) have been accused of trying to build a C40 road through Bhutan's Doklam plateau near the tri-junction with Bhutan and Tibet. Sketchy media reports spoke of 'jostling' but... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Modi’s Israel Moment


Not many in South Asia would have noticed that the visit to Israel by Narendra Modi, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, began on a day that marks the anniversary of... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

F-16 manufacturing no big deal for India 


India's current dispensation is well versed in projecting defeat as victory and loss as gain. From demonetisation to Kashmir to Northeast to its relations with US, Modi's government has managed promotion of self-delusion... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

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... More

India: Playing the Tibet card!


"China’s refusal to acknowledge Indian national security concerns is now leading to a gradual but significant change in India’s Tibet policy," wrote Indian columnist Harsh Pant in a recent comment piece.  "The Modi... More

Losing the Script in Kashmir


The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as an perfect indicator of trends , the figures of... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Can India afford to ignore OBOR


India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

India looking at an anti-Pakistan front!


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sharp initial focus on improving relations with countries in the neighbourhood, evident when he invited South Asian presidents and prime ministers to his swearing in ceremony, was reinforced once... More

COLUMN

China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More