• Modi Wants India to be a Trans-shipment Hub. But Can it Beat Sri Lanka and Singapore?0

    A number of factors will limit India’s ambitions. What the change in shipping policy does though is help foreign firms while potentially impacting the revenue of local shipping lines. Cranes at the Vallapardam port. Credit: Wikimedia Commons M.K. Venu and Noor Mohammad New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has relaxed its cabotage policy – a set

  • Bangladesh And Nuclear Power: Significance For India0

    Illustration of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh.    June 2, 2018 IPCS     By Tarika Rastogi The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh has the potential to re-energise India-Russia cooperation and significantly enhance India’s geopolitical clout and standing in the nuclear community. The RNPP (whose construction began in 2013) will be Bangladesh’s first and

  • Afghanistan: Taliban, ‘Talks’ And Blind Optimism0

     June 2, 2018 SATP     By Ajit Kumar Singh* The latest round of efforts to bring Taliban to ‘talks table’ has commenced. Sounding optimistic, Atturahman Saleem, Deputy of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC), when asked whether the Council would wait for a Taliban response, stated on May 20, 2018, “Absolutely. Necessary pressures, military, political and religious,

  • Pakistan Reflects on Nuclear Achievement in Run Up to Election0

    June 4, 2018 | Bennett Seftel Photo: iStock/India-Pakistan Wagah Border Closing Ceremony Bottom Line:   Pakistani citizens are heading to the polls next month in a public display of democracy and choice. Yet, with Pakistan’s military continuing to play a leading role in the country’s political affairs, it seems that the upcoming elections will once again

  • Rohingya reluctant to return home despite UN deal0

    Myanmar authorities accused of trying to divert attention from atrocities committed by its military Rohingya refugee Jokhir Ahmend at Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where 700,000 Rohingya Muslims are preparing for the monsoon season. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar June 1, 2018 A deal between the Myanmar government and United Nations agencies has

  • India ‘insincere’ about seeking peace in Kashmir0

    Separatist groups insist Pakistan must be part of any talks if the long-running conflict is to end Indian security personnel and protesters clash following a gun battle between security forces and suspected rebels in Srinagar in Kashmir on May 5. (Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India June 1, 2018 India’s renewed offer to hold


  • A Monologue on Poverty and Inequality0

    by Adrij Chakraborty      May 15, 2018 In the United States of America, every Presidential election campaign rests on the pillar of an Economic ideology whereby the candidates would try to woo the electorate en-masse with articulate expressions of their vision to take the American Economy to a newer height than ever before. We


    by N.S. Venkataraman    14/5/2018 The recent announcement by Walmart that it would enter into 16 billion USD deal by acquiring 79% state in Indian online retailer Flipkart appears to have caused considerable anxiety amongst the small and medium scale shop keepers and what is known as Kirana stores in India. This largest e-commerce deal

  • Trump’s abrogation of Iran deal may put his America First policy to the test0

    By James M. Dorsey       14/5/2018 President Donald J. Trump’s abrogation of the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran is likely to put his America First policy to the test. Mr. Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear program risks fuelling a nuclear race in the Middle East, particularly

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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