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Will India?s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?

Will India?s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?

On December 31, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the (ARIA), which promises to bring back to American priorities in the Indo-Pacific. The Act assumes particular importance in the context of China?s expanding and aggressive footprint across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania and the responses by the United States as well […]

Unraveled: Where Indians Come From, Part 1

Unraveled: Where Indians Come From, Part 1

Despite the considerable antiquity of Indian civilization, with some sites in what is today northwest India and Pakistan dating from over five thousand years ago, the origins of today?s Indians have long been shrouded by the depths of time, a murky morass for archaeologists and historians. However, 2018 was rightly […]

Global Support Lets Bangladesh Prime Minister Withstand Election Concerns

Global Support Lets Bangladesh Prime Minister Withstand Election Concerns

Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in last Sunday’s election that was dominated by her coalition. Hasina is set to form her third consecutive government and fourth overall, and on Thursday figurehead President M. […]

The Pakistan Factor in the 2019 Indian General Elections

The Pakistan Factor in the 2019 Indian General Elections

The 2019 Indian general election is a few months away, and political parties in India are busy drawing battle lines on various issues of national importance. Most of the issues on the agenda relate to domestic concerns since matters related to foreign policy have traditionally been relegated to the background […]

India and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East

India and the Evolving Geopolitics of the Middle East

The geopolitical dynamics of the Middle East have been changing in an unprecedented manner over the past few years. These changes pose multiple challenges for India with respect to New Delhi?s agenda for a stronger cooperation with the Middle East under the ambit of the Modi government?s ?? policy. Some […]

Bangladesh?s Awami League Wins Landslide Victory; Opposition Rejects Result

Bangladesh?s Awami League Wins Landslide Victory; Opposition Rejects Result

Bangladesh?s ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country?s December 30 general election, according to official results released Monday, giving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a third straight term despite allegations of intimidation and the opposition disputing the outcome. The coalition led by Hasina?s Awami League party won 288 […]

What Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s Latest Prison Sentence Means

What Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif?s Latest Prison Sentence Means

An anti-corruption court in Pakistan has sentenced the country?s former prime minister, to seven years in prison in a case associated with the Panama Papers corruption scandal. The decision has come after about . Previously, in another corruption-related case, Sharif was disqualified from the premiership. Irrespective of the court?s decision, […]

The Origins of Odisha?s Tribal-Dalit Political Nexus

The Origins of Odisha?s Tribal-Dalit Political Nexus

It was probably my fourth visit to the tribal belt in south Odisha?— an Indian state along the country?s eastern coast?— when I was talking to the locals about their sacred cave up in the hills, of which we could see a glimpse from where we were standing. The young […]

Why Bhutan?s ?Blood Tax? Needs To Be Scrapped

Why Bhutan?s ?Blood Tax? Needs To Be Scrapped

I would have never discovered that sanitary pads and tampons get taxed quite heavily in Bhutan had India not scrapped its 12 percent goods and services tax (GST) on sanitary pads in July this year. India isn?t the only one; Australia will stop taxing tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene […]

Large US Troop Pullout Planned in Afghanistan

Large US Troop Pullout Planned in Afghanistan

The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration’s policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war. One official said […]