The writer is Director, Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation, the multi-disciplinary Indian public-policy think-tank, headquartered in New Delhi.
Reports that at least seven or eight of the 53-member ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM)-Maldives Development Alliance (MDA) combine in the 85-seat Parliament defied President Abdulla Yameen leadership’s whip to vote in favour of some controversial legislative measures in recent days should make Maldivian-watchers sit up. After two instances of alliance-partner Gasim Ibrahim’s JumhooreeREAD MORE
In his maiden overseas visit after becoming the Maldives Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Asim said that the choice flowed from his nation’s India first policy. A career diplomat with a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Australian National University (ANU), Asim was Maldives’ High Commissioner to Bangladesh before President Abdulla Yameen named him the Foreign MinisterREAD MORE
Dunya is the third of the fourth Gayoom children to ‘revolt’ against Yameen, after half-sister Yumna, who made a quite exit as a junior minister a couple of months ago. Faaris is younger to the two, followed by brother Ghassim. His decision on staying on in the Yameen ministry will be watched – more forREAD MORE
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang’s call for Sri Lankan leadership(s) to ensure that the post-war reconciliation mechanisms voted in by the UNHRC do not create new conflicts in Sri Lanka should make the nation sit up. It should be more so for the ‘international community’ (read: West), considering that the ruling Duo in Colombo has reportedlyREAD MORE
In the first major effort of its kind after a series of street-protests in Male in the first half of 2015, the political opposition against Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has formed a joint grouping at a London meet. In a tactical move, possibly aimed at seeking international recognition of whatever kind possible, they have alsoREAD MORE
The Nepali government’s allegation that India was plotting a regime-change in the young Himalayan Republic should make both nations think. Even as India has refuted the allegation, as in the normal, obvious course it would have, the Nepali envoy, who has ostensibly been recalled from Delhi, has contested it all, though from a personal angleREAD MORE
Why should the US claim that India is its friend and partner in South Asia and yet initiate processes that are not India-friendly, particularly when other friends and allies of the kind from the West on the one hand, and East and South-East Asia on the other, have experienced an entirely different American treatment allREAD MORE