A round-up of the most important stories from the South Asian region
South Asia Briefing: Complaint Registrations on Enforced Disappearance Begin, Afghanistan Rejects US Report on Rights Violations
A round-up of the most important stories from the South Asian region NEPAL: CIEDP begins complaint registrations On the first day of the opening of complaint registration, Nepal’s Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) received 15 complaints. The Kathmandu Post report questions whether there was adequate […]
Kirpal Singh’s family has been assured by Sushma Swaraj that his mortal remains will be brought back to India as soon as possible. Pakistan has said Singh died of a heart attack.
India’s attitude towards its smaller neighbour has pushed it towards China and given it a false sense of comfort and security which could land it into trouble sooner than later.
The president and the parliament speaker are also women, further signs of change in a society with a tradition of male domination.
“India is the most important friend of Maldives… Maldives pursues an India-first foreign policy… Maldives’ security is intimately linked to the security of India”, President Abdulla Yameen told reporters in New Delhi.
A round-up of the most important stories from the South Asian region
The government also said it is planning to pardon another 100 political prisoners.
The Maldivian opposition is unhappy but New Delhi’s desire for rapprochement is driven by China-linked strategic concerns.
Expressing concern at the growing number of cases of murdered bloggers in Bangladesh, organisations and individuals raise questions on what the government is doing.
Nazimuddin Samad, a student and liberal blogger in Dhaka, was killed on Thursday. Five secular writers and one publisher were killed by militants last year.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 55, as rescuers try to help thousands of survivors.
After having done some legwork on the connectivity front, India needs to take ownership of its ideas and articulate them cogently, making it clear to regional partners that it is not vying for influence against China or other powerful actors.
The entire world turned a blind eye during the blockade, which further disrupted Nepal’s earthquake-ravaged economy. The right of a sovereign country to survive was lost upon all big democracies. The outcome of Oli’s recent China visit should be seen in that light.
The Pakistan state policy of using jihadist terror to wage proxy wars is backfiring, as the Lahore bombing on Easter Sunday has tragically demonstrated.
Both his predecessors understood that a strategy of cultivated animosity towards Pakistan produces neither peace nor social harmony at home. It seems Modi has also reached a similar conclusion.
A survey of the press coverage of the alleged Indian spy captured by Pakistani authorities demonstrates that despite more or less balanced reports emerging from regional and western media outlets, Pakistani newspapers have taken his ‘confession’ while in Pakistani custody at face value, and not questioning whether some element of coercion might have been in play.
If India and China are deepening their economic cooperation by setting aside their geo-strategic concerns, why can’t the two countries cooperate on Nepal as well?
Even the arrest of an alleged Indian agent in Pakistan has not derailed the co-operation between the two countries to investigate the terror attack in Pathankot
Is the military establishment under General Raheel Sharif willing to amend the contours of its historic alliance with the mullahs in the formation of a national narrative?
While China doesn’t want to directly challenge India in Nepal, it will not let a crisis in Nepal go to waste.
Islamabad has to remove terrorism from the India-Pakistan relationship, and India’s restraint is helping it. But that restraint can continue only as long as Pakistan takes firm measures against those guilty of anti-Indian terrorism.
Explosions and gunfire on Thursday left seven people dead in Jakarta. The blasts and gunfight between Indonesian police and the suspected attackers took place near the busy Sarinah shopping mall in central Jakarta. Indonesian President Joko Widodo spoke of “acts of terror”. Five suspected attackers are reportedly among […]
This in turn depends on whether Islamabad will change course or continue to back those who attack the Afghan parliament and Indian military and civilian installations.
The biggest threats to peace in Afghanistan still continue to emanate from the Pakistani deep state, and not from dysfunctional Arab states.
It is not as if my motherland has turned conservative or that peace has failed. If anything has failed, it is the state which is refusing to protect its own citizens.
If Delhi fails to follow through on its declared policy of insisting Nepal make its constitution more inclusive, the relationship may slide back to the level of the 1980s when Kathmandu tried to counter every Indian overture with matching notes to Washington and Beijing.
If economic transformation of the country is the main goal of Indian foreign policy, then developing close ties with multiple partners is in India’s interests.
Even as its current Afghan policy is to keep Pakistan happy, the US should remember why it went in to Afghanistan in the first place.
It is time India and Pakistan began thinking about how they can work together to ensure peace and stability in the country.
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.
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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.