By RAKESH SOOD – The Nepali people are a patient lot but will not forgive their leaders if even after such a tragedy as the devastating earthquake, political instability and bickering hampers Nepal’s reconstruction and rehabilitation for which the international community has been… More
BY Javier Solana (Project Syndicate) MADRID ‒ June’s Turkish general election sent a powerful message: Turkey’s democracy remains intact. Indeed, while there were some grievances about transparency during the campaign process, democracy prevailed, with a stunning 86% of eligible voters turning out… More
Nihar R Nayak (IDSA) June 19, 2015 In a major bid to strengthen sub-regional cooperation, four SAARC permanent members – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) – signed the historic Motor Vehicle Agreement (BBIN-MVA) in Bhutan for the ‘Regulation of Passenger, Personal… More
By G Parthasarathy Prime Minister Narendra Modi has often spoken about his desire to promote amity and cooperation throughout India’s South Asian neighbourhood, focusing considerable attention on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Heads of government of SAARC countries—Afghanistan, Pakistan,… More
Nihar R Nayak June 08, New Delhi (IDSA, Comment) After lying dormant for years, the Nepal-India border dispute over Kalapani has once again become embroiled in controversy. Nepal claims that the Lipu-Lekh Pass, which was mentioned in the joint statement of May… More
Written by Ajai Sahni (June 13, 2015) – A “new template” for India’s response to “terrorism”, we are being told, has been established by the “unprecedented” cross-border operation against two rebel camps in Myanmar. There has been a great deal of atavistic chest-thumping… More
By Gopal Khanal (June 8, Kathmandu) – India’s involvement on rescue efforts in the aftermath of the April 25 devastating earthquake in Nepal drew flak after a section of Nepalese and Indian social media users raised questions regarding coverage by… More
Rajeev Sharma Strategic rivalry between India and Pakistan has now taken a new sub-regional route within SAARC (South Asian Cooperation for Regional Cooperation). The new sub-regional platform within SAARC is known as BBIN, an acronym for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. India’s… More
Post earthquake, K.P. Oli has capitalised on public anger with Koirala’s regime.
The aim is to replace Prime Minister Sushil Koirala with Oli and bring the two major communist parties — the UML and the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) — together.
By Sanjay Jha, National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress party – While catching a flight at Frankfurt, Germany, recently I chanced upon an enlightening piece in The New York Times titled ‘The New Dictators Rule By Velvet Fist’. Say the authors, “[I]n recent decades, a new… More
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