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  • India and the Islamic World in the March of Time

    India and the Islamic World in the March of Time

    When former foreign minister of Bangladesh (under the previous Sheikh Hasina government) AH Mahmood Ali spoke at a meeting of

  • Wooing women voters in poll-time India

    Three separate announc-ements in quick succession by bachelor Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on March 10 and 11

  • Why it matters to this region and the rest of the world

    The strategic theatre for the interplay of the sovereign states' interests has traditionally stood resolutely on solid ground. However, seismic shifts are beginning to displace this deeply entrenched worldview

  • Is his political mystique finally unravelling?

    The Trump Tamasha

    Way back when George W Bush was in the White House, comedian Bill Maher made a wickedly funny observation: How badly do you have to suck to lose a popularity contest to Saddam Hussein?

  • Our Captured, Wounded Hearts

    With his reckless “pre-emptive” airstrike on Balakot in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inadvertently undone what previous Indian governments, almost miraculously, succeeded in doing for decades.

  • A powerful idea that can inspire community-driven development in Bangladesh

    I went to Rwanda as part of the Sustainable Healthy and Learning City (SHLC) project, a consortium, to conduct research and explore global challenges to create sustainable and healthy cities in developing countries.

  • Pulwama, Balakot dominate India's pre-poll political discourse

    Pulwama, Balakot dominate India's pre-poll political discourse

    True to expectations, the Pulwama terror attack which left 40 Indian paramilitary personnel dead and the Indian Air Force's assault on

  • Only possible through the dismantling of the terror apparatus

    The homecom-ing of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman from two days of captivity in Pakistan on Friday is considered by some as the first sign of de-escalation of the hostilities and the visible resultant tensions between India and Pakistan in the last few days.

  • India Pakistan Border

    Indo-Pak flare-up has dangerous portents

    The sudden eruption of a combustible situation between India and Pakistan has quite understandably concentrated anxious attention from everywhere in the globe. There are a raft of good reasons why the crisis that has emerged could spiral out of control into something horrific.

  • Indian Air Force

    India's new response template against terror

    Restraint is no longer an option. Action is. That is the message sent out by the Indian Air Force mounting the lightning attack on terror camps deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

  • Agribusiness is the problem, not the solution

    For two centuries, all too many discussions about hunger and resource scarcity have been haunted by the ghost of the parson Thomas Robert Malthus. Malthus warned that rising populations would exhaust resources, especially those needed for food production. Exponential population growth would outstrip food output.

  • India's rival coalitions hunt for allies for elections

    With parliamentary elections just a couple of months away, the alliance-building exercise by the two major rival camps vying for power

  • India's military options to tackle terror after Pulwama

    It has been a week since the ghastly terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a group based in Pakistan, on a convoy of Indian paramilitary troops left 40 people dead in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Boots off the ground

    President Donald Trump's patience is apparently on the wane. Disagreeing with the views of some of his generals and strategic advisors, he intends to pull out of the unwinnable 17-year-old Afghan war.

  • Brexit: Is a debacle in the offing for the UK?

    With May 29, 2019—official deadline for Brexit negotiations with the European Union—looming large on the horizon, the UK looks set to face a political crisis not seen in recent history.

  • Curtain down on 16th Lok Sabha but up on Indian poll script

    The coming parliamentary polls hung all over the political circles in the Indian capital on the last day of the final session of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha on February 13.

  • Embrace diversity or accept divorce

    Two major divorces are in the making in March. The obvious one is Brexit, which officially occurs on March 29. The other is the deadline for the US-China trade negotiations on March 1, when

  • Looking at some of the dynamics of India's Lok Sabha election

    Some historical glimpses shed a very interesting light on the enormous changes that have taken place in India's political landscape

  • Indian apex court works truce

    In the end, it was left to the Indian Supreme Court to bring down the political temperature which shot up furiously following the confrontation between the Mamata Banerjee government in West

  • Papal visit boosts UAE effort to redefine concepts of tolerance

    The United Arab Emirates is projecting itself as a leader of inter-communal and inter-faith harmony with the first ever visit by a Catholic pope to the Gulf and an inter-faith conference that is as much about dialogue as it is about absolute political control.

  • Venezuelan crisis is more than just a domestic issue

    Those who follow global events could not have failed to notice the tragic spectacle unfolding in Venezuela. The Latin American country has been riven by an internal political turmoil recently.

  • Modi government's last attempt at wooing voters

    The impending parliamentary elections was written large on the final budget of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in its current five-year tenure.

  • Mamata's return to the street

    In the run-up to India's parliamentary elections in April-May, a big political drama is being played out in front of Central Kolkata's

  • Venezuelans caught in cruel geopolitics

    Pundits are busy arguing over which next step suits which geopolitical rival the best in Venezuela, which player has scored the most so far, and who is likely to prevail in this mindless game of geopolitics till the end.

  • The geopolitics of National Register of Citizens in Assam

    India is witnessing the chaotic process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) unfold in Assam.

  • Can hearts meet and hands hold in Indian opposition alliance?

    The two biggest talking points about the mega rally of anti-Bharatiya Janata Parties organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on January 19 were

  • Mueller investigation and Trump's turbulent new year

    For the last couple of years or so, the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 US Presidential Election has been in steady media limelight.

  • 200 Years Of Singapore: Looking back to chart a way forward

    The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. So the late British Prime Minister and famed orator, Winston Churchill, is once supposed to have said.

  • Priyanka in the Congress poll gambit

    The biggest political news in India on January 23 was the formal induction of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in politics and her appointment in the key post of general secretary of the main opposition

  • A short history of fake news

    Fake news isn't what it used to be. Before President Trump seized and exploited the term, fake news consisted of plain old partisan propaganda, government disinformation, corporate PR and, least appreciated and most widespread, the press lazily acting as stenographers of power.