The Bangkok meeting paves the way for a visit by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan this week.
Even if she is debarred from becoming President, with her decisive mandate Aung San Suu Kyi can effect real change in her country
The two neighbours must give up their narrow visions and look beyond the here and now, towards a future they can share
Since the constitutional issue is primarily internal to Nepal, Kathmandu has to move towards accommodating Madhes. Likewise, Indian policy makers need to realise that any amount of coercive diplomacy, intended or unintended, declared or undeclared, has its limits.
The indigenous ethnic groups have been shortchanged on their key demands – identity-based federalism, proportional representation, and secularism.
The dynamics generated by the new connectivity infrastructure China is pushing across Asia and Europe will impel India and Pakistan to normalise their economic relations too.
The regime in Kathmandu will need to suspend its triumphalism and realise that fooling people isn’t a sound strategy of either governing the country or doing diplomacy. The constitution was “fast-tracked”. There is no reason why amendments can’t also be.
Dhaka: A former caretaker prime minister and the chairperson of a leading media group are amongst a group of four witnesses from Pakistan urging the Bangladesh courts to allow them to testify on behalf of an opposition leader who is facing the death sentence for crimes against humanity […]
All our neighbours have noted that, give New Delhi the slightest upper hand or leverage and it will breathe down heavily on them.
Since India lacks the resources today to set up competing networks, it may be worthwhile to participate in those components of the OBOR which might improve Indian connectivity to major markets and resource supplies.
The Radically Changing Story of the US Airstrike on an Afghan Hospital: From Mistake to Justification
The U.S. military bombed the hospital of an organisation run by western-based physicians and other medical care professionals. They are not so easily ignored.
Simple amendments in the constitution can pave the way for meaningful dialogue and peaceful resolution of the conflict. Fresh elections after that can be an honourable way out of the political stasis. The onus lies upon the ruling regime.
The gerrymandering of provinces and representation in parliament means marginalised groups will have no say either in Kathmandu or in the regions where they are a majority.
The envoy said India has no intention to block trade tied with Nepal and clarified that the obstruction to the Nepal-bound cargo was due to unrest on the Nepali side.
India has reacted strongly to Nepal’s new constitution. In India’s official statements issued on the subject, the promulgation of the new Constitution has just been “noted”, not welcomed. Concern has been expressed over the disturbed situation in the Terai region that borders India. Nepal has been urged to […]
Whether the families of the victims – or the survivors – will ever find justice when the state refuses to acknowledge that enormous crimes were committed, is moot. That is a battle which must be fought.
Concern for religious persecution has made India open its doors to Hindus and other minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh but not to the Rohingya of Myanmar. Is it because they profess the wrong religion?
The India Pakistan conflict of 1965 ended in a stalemate, but India managed to achieve some objectives
A federal structure that fails to touch upon the core issues related to identity will not be acceptable.
Despite the final defeat of Rajapaksa—prime mover of closer ties with Beijing—Colombo is buried under billions of dollars of Chinese debt and has little option but to go along, albeit at a pace slower than earlier.
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The possibility of the Rajapaksa-led opposition using Sinhalese communalism to unsettle and undermine the new government of moderates is actually very real
India needs to fine tune its strategy, rather than lurch from one development to another. Involving the External Affairs Minister at every step will be a good idea
The two NSAs are scheduled to meet in New Delhi for talks on terrorism-related issues for the first time on August 23.
For the second time in eight months, Sri Lankan voters have thwarted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s quest for power. And that clearly is the biggest story of the just concluded parliamentary elections. The United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG), contesting under the banner of the United National […]
As per the final tally, the Ranil Wickremesinghe-led United National Party (UNP) secured 93 seats, ten more than the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which Rajapaksa is part of.
The final tally of Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections is expected to emerge Tuesday evening, but neither of the main parties has secured a simple majority in the 225-member parliament.
Rajapaksa forced himself into the UPFA reckoning to contest the parliamentary poll, an action unprecedented for a former president of the country.
Lahore: Pakistan’s Punjab province Home Minister Shuja Khanzada was today assassinated along with eight others when a suicide bomber blew himself up at his house in Shadi Khal village in Attock district. “Eight persons have been killed and several others injured after the bomber hit the minister’s house,” […]
Last month, there were 19 ceasefire violations in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.
Foxconn says it will invest 5 billion dollars in Maharashtra Taiwanese technology company Foxconn has announced it will invest up to 5 billion dollars over the next five years in Maharashtra, making it one of the biggest FDI projects in India in recent years. The company’s chairman Terry […]
China’s intent to sustain its naval forces in the Indian Ocean through the concept of ‘sea-basing’ has not been widely noted.
The media needs to be careful about what it reports and broadcasts when a terrorist is caught.
The Afghan government is likely to see the forcible admission of Mullah Omar’s death as opening a window of opportunity for peace
Given the recent past, New Delhi could not have done much to erase the suspicions of the Maldives leadership. However, a visit by Prime Minister Modi might have helped ease them somewhat.
The administration’s new rules are aimed at hobbling voluntary organisations which are doing good work
While broader consultation may take slightly longer than the “fast tracked” process, it will be a valuable investment if it results in a strong and lasting Constitution in Nepal.
The fate of the ‘silent revolution’ of January 8, 2015, which saw the autocratic regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa being replaced, is in the balance.
The Maldives has amended its constitution to allow foreign nationals and entities the right to own freehold land, including entire islands, a move that some Maldivian legislators say will turn the Indian Ocean nation into a “frontline state” in a “new Cold War” between India and China. A set […]