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  • Different corners of Modi's diplomacy

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended two separate trilateral summit meetings in quick succession on the side-lines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, underlining India's diplomatic efforts to position itself as a key player in the evolving international order, staying away from the pitfalls of strategic alliances caused by rivalry among leading powers.

  • Can religion decide Indian citizenship?

    The determination of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push through the controversial constitution amendment Bill in the coming winter session of parliament

  • The unique benefits of Asean's involvement

    At the end of the 33rd Asean summit in Singapore on November 15, Singapore formally handed over the symbolic gavel of Asean chairmanship to Thailand, which it last held in 2009. The one-year rotating term will officially begin on January 1, 2019.

  • Can a religious corridor end India-Pakistan deadlock?

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have a penchant for springing surprises when it comes to foreign policy, especially with Pakistan.

  • Crossing the Pacific by feeling the stones

    The Chinese have a saying that arose from the Long March—crossing the river by feeling the stones. In a situation of grave uncertainty—how deep the water is—you can only cross the river by slowly taking one step at a time, making sure that the next stone is firm enough for you to step on before you take the next step. If you are wrong, you change course and feel for the next stone.

  • Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place

    Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate Prime Minister Imran Khan's efforts to renegotiate China's massive,

  • Significance of Modi's visit

    Resilience and renewal—these two words at the beginning of the joint statement issued after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dialogue with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male on November 17 succinctly captured the essence of relations between the two countries that had been under considerable strain in the last three years during the rule of former President Abdullah Yameen.

  • Trump and a tale of two Americas

    Midterms in America usually provide a perspective on how a president's first two years have impacted electoral sentiments. In 2018, Mr Trump energised his support base in the midterms, but he also inspired a large Democratic turnout. They have clawed back enough political leverage to create a situation in which he will have to tread carefully.

  • NRC back in political focus in Shah-Mamata battle

    After a brief hiatus, the issue of the NRC in Assam and “illegal migrants” from Bangladesh seems to have returned to the focus of political discourse in India.

  • The old demons are back

    In Paris, the ceremony to mark the centenary of the end of World War I was stately and moving. It featured such grace notes as students reading from letters written a hundred years ago, when the news about the armistice broke through.

  • The Afghan quagmire and India's challenge

    India's “non-official” participation in a multilateral conference in Moscow on November 9 on exploring the possibilities of a negotiated settlement of the crisis in terror-torn Afghanistan has set off a flutter in New Delhi.

  • US 2018 Midterm Elections: Why are the results so close and mixed?

    For most of 2018, the talk was there would be a Blue Democratic wave, sweeping the Democrats into power in both chambers of Congress. President Trump had unusually low approval rates over the last two years on average getting less than 40 percent approval ratings according to Gallup.

  • Battle for the Republic: Historic midterm elections in the US

    The US midterm elections on November 6, 2018 have been widely accepted as being among the most consequential in American history.

  • The changing dynamics of China-Bangladesh relations

    Right from the beginning of their diplomatic ties in October 1975, China and Bangladesh have been maintaining a close relationship, often entitled as “trusted friendship” or “all-weather friendship”.

  • BJP's bypoll blues continue

    By-elections continue to be the proverbial Achilles' heel for India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. This has been the trend ever since it returned to power in May 2014.

  • Blue seismic ripples

    Depending on who you talk to, the US midterm elections resulted in either a blue wave of Democratic triumph or were a testament to the entrenched white nationalism, bigotry and jingoism of the American people. I would posit that both perceptions are correct.

  • The Brexitisation of European Politics

    Far from settling the question of the United Kingdom's future, the 2016 Brexit referendum and subsequent negotiations with the European Union have triggered a full-blown identity crisis and culture war in Britain.

  • Paralysed State

    This is not the first time the Pakistani state has been cowed by a violent mob and surrendered its writ in favour of those who challenged it so blatantly. In a functioning democracy with a constitution in place, it would be unheard of for a government to agree to take action on a case that has gone through due process of appeals and been decided by its supreme court.

  • America's fraught midterm polls

    Never has America been so bitterly polarised, nor midterm congressional and state gubernatorial polls aroused such frenzied partisan feelings.

  • US, reeling from fatal racial attacks, goes to midterm polls

    Americans vote on November 6 in a momentous mid-term elections. Polls suggest that the total Republican grip on federal power is about to be shattered as Democrats regain the House.

  • India's balancing act between faith and democracy

    Two temples—one existing in the South and another proposed in the North of India—are being used by India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and other Hindutva outfits to bring to the centre stage of the political discourse a highly emotive issue in the run-up to the coming assembly elections in five states in November and December and the national polls next year.

  • Arms control and disarmament to arms decontrol and rearmament

    Only a few would be persuaded that President Donald Trump is deeply informed about any moderately complex subject. Ballistic missiles is one such.

  • Paradise lost? — Preliminary notes on a constitutional coup in Sri Lanka

    There were three dramatic announcements on the evening of Friday, October 26, 2018 from the Presidential Secretariat, which occurred in the following order:

  • Will Brahmaputra and Barak rivers unite or divide Assam?

    Fresh unrest is simmering in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam over Prime Minister Narendra Modi government's move to give citizenship to “persecuted” religious minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • Things Fall Apart

    The high tide of financial markets is now in retreat, and murder in the oriental consulate unfolds in internet speed. Everywhere, the centre in politics and creed cannot hold, whilst polarisation is increasing by the day.

  • Mountain echoes for India

    The recent elections to Bhutan's national assembly produced a victory for the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), a left-of-the-centre party led by Dr Lotay Tshering.

  • Maldives: Has the wheel turned full circle?

    In an uncharacteristic move, President Abdullah Yameen of the Maldives accepted defeat on September 24, 2018 after an astonishing result where he lost the presidential election to Ibrahim Solih of the opposition coalition. Solih won 58 percent of the votes as opposed to 42 percent by Yameen.

  • Developing countries losing out to digital giants

    A new United Nations report warns that the potential benefits to developing countries of digital technologies are likely to be lost to a small number of successful first movers who have established digital monopolies.

  • 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 …