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  • Deportation of Rohingya migrants from India

    Almost a year ago, the Indian government announced its plan to deport “all illegal immigrants” including approximately 40,000 Rohingya refugees estimated to be living across India. In August 2017 in a letter sent to each of the state governments, India's Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order to “identify and deport all illegal immigrants”, including Rohingya refugees. The home ministry as well as leaders of the ruling BJP insisted that there were links between illegal migrants and threat to national security as they were perceived to be more vulnerable to potential recruitment by terrorist organisations.

  • How did Europe dominate the world?

    How did a group of a few, small countries of Western Europe come to dominate the world for nearly 300 years? As a recent history book noted (Why Did Europe Conquer the World?, Philip Hoffman), a thousand years ago these countries were “poor, violent, politically chaotic ... hopelessly backward …

  • A red tide

    At the risk of outing myself as a Zionist agent, I have to confess that one of my favourite words is “chutzpah”. It's a Yiddish word—a language that was used by Jewish communities in central Europe. As with most such words, something is always lost in translation, but it roughly translates as “gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, incredible 'guts', presumption plus arrogance.”

  • Khashoggi's disappearance challenges fragile Middle Eastern pragmatism

    Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and women to acquire skills that would either allow them to compete in the job market or turn them into entrepreneurs.

  • State polls may set the scene for India's national elections

    The announcement of poll schedules for legislative assemblies in the five states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Telangana has plunged India headlong into the season of polls, the biggest festival of democracy.

  • Trade war due to deeper malaise

    The world economy remains tepid and unstable a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, while growing trade conflicts are symptoms of deeper economic malaise, according to a new United Nations publication.

  • We need strong states, not strongmen

    “The state, it is me” (l'état, c'est moi), Louis XIV famously said, though it's likely an apocryphal account—a metaphor for the megalomaniac rule of the French monarch. And here lies the fundamental defect of strongmen, for they conflate the state with their own very being.

  • Turn down the rhetoric against migrants and refugees

    Migration has become a focus of debate in recent years. From United States President Donald Trump's vehemently anti-migrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric to Denmark's new “ghetto laws”, the language has become increasingly heated.

  • China's White Paper offers hope for multilateralism

    China's White Paper on the China-US trade friction makes a reasoned argument based on the mutual interests of China and the US as well as the global community.

  • Fragility of Middle East alliances becomes ever more apparent

    Three recent developments lay bare the fragility of Middle Eastern alliances and a rebalancing of their priorities: the Russian-Turkish compromise on an assault on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the fate of troubled Abu Dhabi airline Etihad, and battles over reconstruction of Syria.

  • Drama over Indo-Pak meeting

    It was a drama-filled 24 hours involving India and Pakistan between the afternoon of September 20 and September 21.

  • Attack in Iran raises spectre of a potentially far larger conflagration

    An attack on a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz is likely to prompt Iranian retaliation against opposition groups at home and abroad.

  • Hard power and the war on terror in South Asia

    Hard power or the coercive use of force has emerged as the most preferred tool in combatting terrorism in the post-9/11 era.

  • Turning Bimstec into a vehicle for regional cooperation

    The 4th Bimstec summit is being held in Kathmandu after a lapse of four years. The last summit was held in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in 2014. For the Bimstec that celebrated 20 years in 2017, four summits in 20 years is not certainly a time for celebration and does not add to the credibility of the organisation that has the potential to transform the eastern South Asia.

  • Competition and conflict in knowledge economies

    It's not a trade war, stupid! In today's world where everything hinges on technology, competition and conflict between states is really about who gets to Industry 4.0 faster than the others.

  • Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

    An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan USD 4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international cricket player Imran Khan is sworn in as the South Asian country's next prime minister.

  • 'Contemporary India: Its foreign policy, security and development strategy'

    India's foreign and security policy imperatives are underpinned by the desire to achieve sustained and inclusive economic growth. The focus is on creating an enabling environment for national growth and development by maintaining peace and stability...

  • Cracks in Saudi hold on the Muslim world

    Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alignment with the Trump administration and Israel,

  • Imran Khan's biggest challenge? 'It's the economy, stupid!'

    Shakespeare had once observed, through his character Marcellus addressing Horatio in the drama Hamlet, that there was something rotten in the State of Denmark.

  • Assam register: politics, citizenship and beyond

    The draft final list of citizens in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam is out. But the controversy over the fraught exercise continues. A little over four million people—mostly Bengali Muslims and some Hindus—have gone missing from the list, leaving them staring at an uncertain future and all sorts of anxiety.

  • The future of 'Naya Pakistan'

    The “second democratic transition” in Pakistan was marred with pre-poll suicide attacks which killed three contestants as well as scores of their supporters especially in Quetta.

  • Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

    With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control,

  • Imran Khan faces tough pitch on India-Pakistan ties

    In his very first media interaction after the election in Pakistan, flamboyant former cricketer Imran Khan, who appears well-positioned to become the country's newest prime minister,

  • The people speak

    Amidst all the acrimony about the extent to which what took place on Wednesday was actually democratic, it is worth dwelling at least briefly on the most important element of the electoral exercise—the “demos” or people themselves.

  • The Afghan conflict: How far away is peace?

    In the recently concluded NATO summit, Afghanistan yet again surfaced as the boiling pot that witnessed off-beat power play in the last few years.

  • What lies beyond the hug, wink and no-trust motion

    In keeping with predictions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi easily defeated the first opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion that he faced in his four-year tenure on the floor of the Lok Sabha, the lower House Parliament.

  • Pakistani elections spotlight the country's contradictory policies

    A virulently anti-Shiite, Saudi-backed candidate for parliament in Pakistan's July 25 election symbolises the country's effort to reconcile contradictory policy objectives in an all but impossible attempt to keep domestic forces and foreign allies happy.

  • Can a no-trust motion breed confidence?

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first no-confidence motion on the floor of Parliament by the combined opposition yesterday (July 20).

  • Srebrenica genocide: A lesson for the future

    The July 1995 attack on the UN-declared “safe area” in Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serb forces is a reminder of the incalculable losses suffered by the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

  • The world to the rescue

    Caves capture the imagination like no other feature of the natural world, perhaps because they tap into our deepest, atavistic fears of darkness—and our insatiable curiosity for the unknown.