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 […]
Kashmir’s first-ever graphic novelist talks about his book and what life was like in the state in the troubled 1990s
The country is inching towards full democracy, but it is proving to be a very rough ride
Islamabad: Pakistan has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have agreed in their meeting in Russia to address the issues of Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through Track II diplomacy. PM’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday said both […]
Pakistani designer Huma Nassr weaves a unique line to bring India and Pakistan together
The steps announced in Ufa mark the resumption of a political dialogue which allows each side to claim it got the other to move forward a little.
Syed Ali Gilani calls ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban un-Islamic Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani described ISIS, Boko Haram, Tehreek-e-Taliban and other similar organisations as un-Islamic. In the statements given in Srinagar Geelani expressed concern over the growth of sects and other sub-divisions within Islam. He described the actions […]
Cricket is not the only sport that Bangladesh has been catching up in: In the serious game of saving the lives of infants from disease and death, Bangladesh has been outperforming India for more than 15 years
The powerful Indian Prime Minister brought ‘poverty’ centre-stage, but her rule was responsible for setting off the decline of institutions
1. Japan trumps China for Bangladesh port In a setback to China which had plans of building a port about 25 km away, Japan is all set to start construction of the 18m-deep port at Matarbari on Bangladesh’s South-East coast by January 2016. China is trying to develop closer economic and military […]
Karnataka finally appeals Jayalalithaa judgment The Karnataka government has finally filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court judgment in Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case. Last month, the Karnataka High Court had acquitted Jayalalithaa in the 19-year-old Rs.66.65 crore disproportionate assets case, after which she took […]
The assault on Parliament is part of the Taliban’s summer offensive against the Afghanistan government, including attacks in the Helmand and Kunduz provinces in the south and north of the country.
The court said the task of creating Nepal’s new provinces belongs to the Constituent Assembly and cannot be postponed to after the finalising of the constitutin.
Nepal’s doctors and medical workers compensate for poor infrastructure with fierce commitment
1. Sexual harassment claims rock Greenpeace An ex-employee of the NGO Greenpeace has come out with a post on an online forum outlining her experience of sexual harassment and rape when she worked at the organisation. The victim had earlier shared her experience on Facebook, and had got […]
A negotiated settlement is possible, but only if we identify the stakes of all the geopolitical actors involved and try to meet their desired outcomes in one combination or the other
FTII students protest ‘BJP’ chairman Students at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune have launched an indefinite boycott of classes, using graffiti and protests to express their disapproval of the ‘political’ appointment of BJP member and actor Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s president and chairman of […]
Nepal’s parties – all led by high-caste men – are using the earthquake as an excuse to push through an exclusionary constitution, to keep down women and indigenous, caste and regional groups.
Preet Malik, who retired as Special Secretary for the Ministry for External Affairs, has been India’s Ambassador/High Commissioner to Cuba, Bahrain, Tanzania and Myanmar
Bangladesh-India relations in the next decade will be dominated by connectivity projects that will gradually integrate India’s north-eastern States with Bangladesh
On June 9, India openly confirmed the adoption of a new counter-insurgency (CI) strategy, that of actually crossing international borders to strike at anti-India insurgents, including those from the Northeast, who carry out hit-and-run raids taking advantage of their shelters in adjoining nations like Myanmar. The pre-dawn ‘surgical […]
In the past, the Army has crossed the borders of neighbouring countries in the Northeast to target militant groups operating from foreign soil
Given the kind of commentaries on TV on the anti-insurgency operation in Myanmar, one gets the impression that all this could not be figments of fertile imaginations – someone somewhere was feeding them
Modi announced a $2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh as Dhaka pushed for Indian investment in two special zones so as to balance the economic relationship that is heavily skewed in favour of India at present.
It is to the NDA government’s credit that a new consensus has been forged withing India on its relations with Bangladesh, even though Manmohan Singh’s team did all the heavy lifting in settling the difficult bilateral issues.
A few weeks ago, the Bangladeshi Cabinet approved a proposal to lower the minimum age of marriage for girls to 16, raising concerns from civil society organisations in the country.
The Wall Street Journal says Chinese officials and representatives of Pakistan’s ISI were also present.
The curious case of a Bangladeshi opposition leader whose sudden and mysterious arrival in Shillong raises difficult questions for both Dhaka and New Delhi.
Tweet by former Afghan intelligence chief sees “massive symbolism” in transplant surgery that a disabled Afghan soldier just underwent in Kochi
Sooner than later, the BJP hopes everyone would come round the fact that the implementation of the LBA will settle the border question between India and Bangladesh
Though China is India’s largest trading partner with bilateral trade having grown from less that $3 billion in 2000 to $70 billion in 2014, there is hardly any investment coming from China, the second largest economy of the world
Local officials are themselves traumatised and in need of relief. Their own homes and offices are uninhabitable. Many of their families have been calling them, speaking of the damage to their houses, urging the officials to come home.
For attacks like the one on Wednesday to stop, the Pakistani state – the elected government and the security agencies – must adopt a multi-pronged, zero tolerance policy towards takfirism, hate-speech and militants.