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    N Sathiya Moorthy

    N Sathiya Moorthy is Senior Fellow and Director, ORF Chennai A double-graduate in Physics and Law, and with a journalism background, N. Sathiya Moorthy is at present Senior Fellow & Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation. Starting his journalism career in the Indian Express – now, the New Indian Express – at Thiruvananthapuram as a Staff Reporter in the late Seventies, Sathiya Moorthy worked as a Subeditor at the newspaper’s then sole publication centre in Kerala at Kochi. Sathiya Moorthy later worked in the Times of Deccan, Bangalore, and the Indian Express, Ahmedabad. Later, he worked as a Senior/Chief Sub at The Hindu, Chennai, and as News Editor, The Sunday Mail (Chennai edition). He has thus worked for most major English language national newspapers in the country, particularly with the advent of Tamil Nadu as the key decision maker in national politics demanding that all newspaper had a reporter in Chennai that they could not afford to have full-time. This period also saw Sathiya Moorthy working as Editor of Aside magazine, Chennai, and as Chief News Editor, Raj TV. In the new media of the day, he was contributing news-breaks and analyses to Rediff.com since its inception. Later, he worked as the Editorial Consultant/Chief News Editor of the trilingual Sri Lankan television group MTV, Shakti TV and Sirasa. Since 2002, Sathiya Moorthy has been the Honorary/full-time Director of the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation. In the course of his job and out of personal interest, he has been studying India’s southern, Indian Ocean neighbours, namely Maldives and Sri Lanka, as well as the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC). He regularly writes on these subjects in traditional and web journals. He has also authored/edited books on Sri Lanka, and contributed chapters on India’s two immediate southern neighbours. His book on Maldives is waiting to happen. As part of his continuing efforts to update his knowledge and gain greater insights into the politics and the society in these two countries in particular, Sathiya Moorthy visits them frequently. Among other analytical work, he has been writing a weekly column for over 10 years in the Colombo-based Daily Mirror, first, and The Sunday Leader, since, for nearly 10 years, focusing mainly on Sri Lankan politics and internal dynamics, and at times on bilateral and multilateral relations of that nation. Expertise • Indian Politics, Elections, Public Affairs • Maldives • Sri Lanka • South Asia • Journalism and Mass Media Current Position(s) • Senior Fellow and Director, ORF Chennai Education • BGL, Madras University • BSc, Madurai University

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  • Tightrope walk for India in Afghanistan0

      Today, India’s concerns viz Afghanistan is as much geo-political as it is geo-strategic. N Sathiya Moorthy New Indian Express 11 July 2021 Going by media reports, the American exit from Afghanistan now seems to be more ignominious than from Vietnam decades ago. Else, there is no reason why the US troops should have exited from the

  • Maldives: ‘India Out’ campaign now takes a personal turn with local political implications0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  11 July 2021 At a time when President Ibrahim Solih has rightfully claimed that the diplomatic efforts of Maldives have ‘gained global recognition’, his government is caught in an equally avoidable diplomatic embarrassment, that too involving its closest and most dependable neighbour, India. Solih’s reference came in the context of Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid’s

  • Maldives: Nasheed apprehensive about suicide attacks, dares Solih to make ‘surprise’ arrests0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  4 July 2021 From Germany, where he has to undergo a further surgery to set right the damage to his eardrum and treatment for numbness on his left side, Parliament Speaker Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed has cautioned against the emergence of suicide attacks in native Maldives. In a social media interaction with supporters back home to mark

  • Indian Ocean: India’s pond, troubled waters for all0

    Why blame China and Sri Lanka, when western friends have ceased to consider South Asia and its waters, India’s ‘traditional sphere of influence? Indian, Sri Lankan navies during their joint naval operation in the Indian ocean. File picture N Sathiya Moorthy   |   03.07.21 Looked at from this side of the Palk Strait the Chinese threat

  • Sri Lanka: Learning lessons from Myanmar vote0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  28 June 2021 Unknown and also unacknowledged by Colombo and the nation’s strategic and diplomatic community, there is a lesson for Sri Lanka in the recent UN General Assembly (UNGA) vote on the situation in Myanmar. The UNGA voted 191-1 with 35 abstentions, on the situation in Myanmar, in the aftermath of

  • Maldives: How in the name of Islam, hate crime bill is being made into a hate object0

    Maldives parliament N Sathiya Moorthy   25 June 2021 At a time when the nation should be united in the face of terrorism that had targeted Parliament Speaker Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed, the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) and coalition government are divided as never before. MDP chairman Hassan Latheef has since admitted to such a division,

  • Colonial powers are all gone, but not colonial mindset0

    “Colonial rule resulted in social stratification that privileged English speakers and those mixed with European ancestry. And it thrived off a fragmented nation, polarizing our ethnic groups to prevent a united front that would defy the colonial state.” Photo: The Governor of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) introducing Sinhalese chiefs to the Prince of Wales, 1876. Public

  • Shahid’s election as UNGA President, victory for Maldives-India diplomatic cooperation0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      9 June 2021 The election of Maldives’ Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid, as the 76th President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) could not have come at a better time for the island nation. Shahid commences his year-long term in September, and his elevation, it is hoped, can change the archipelago-nation’s standing

  • Is there a revival of anti-India sentiments in troubled Maldives?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy     4 June 2020 After two issues in a row surfaced, the once receding ‘India Out’ campaign has started gaining new traction in Maldives, to the embarrassment of President Mohamed Solih, the ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), and others in the country who wanted further momentum in the bilateral ties between India

  • Maldives may still be unready for Democracy – sitting on a powder-keg now?0

    Malé, Maldives – The People’s Majlis is the unicameral legislative body of the Maldives. The Majlis has the authority to enact, amend and revise laws, except the constitution.  Shutterstock N Sathiya Moorthy 22 May 2021 Even as Parliament Speaker and former President Mohammed ‘Anni’ Nasheed has been discharged from a military hospital in Germany after additional care for multiple

  • Why Maldives suspects larger conspiracy behind the blast0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  14 May 2021 It is not going to be the same again for ordinary Maldivians and their VVIPs, some of whom have been incorrigibly lax and insistently non-cooperative in following security protocols, what with the government promising to undertake a ‘security/ intelligence audit’ forthwith. Simultaneously, Parliament’s National Security Committee, too, began investigating the ‘security breach’ that

  • Maldives: Is the attack on Nasheed a sign of escalating radicalism? 0

    Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed is seen during a speech at the Janakie Hotel in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on September 21, 2018. Nasheed was seriously injured in a bomb attack on Thursday, officials said. File Photo by M.A. Pushpa Kumara/EPA-EFE   N Sathiya Moorthy  7 May 2021 Parliament Speaker and ruling Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)

  • Tango or duel, ball is still in Colombo’s court0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  3 May 2021 Coming as it did not long after the Sri Lanka visit of China’s top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi in October last, that of Defence Gen Wei Fenghe now should cause eyebrows to be raised in world capitals, even outside the region. It was neither a courtesy call, nor

  • Externalising internal politics, internalising external policies0

    Contextualisation requires recalling Dhaka’s cancellation of Minister Momen’s Delhi visit at the height of the ‘CAA protests’ across India, with Shah’s ministry and his utterances in focus. N Sathiya Moorthy 25 April 2021 Coming as it did, not long after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s participation as the chief guest in the golden jubilee celebrations of


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