KATHMANDU WARMING UP TO BEIJING IS A POTENTIAL THREAT
Published 20-10-2017 11:56 GMT-0000
Certain changes are taking place in Nepal, both in its internal politics and in its external relations with China. For one thing, ever since the monarchy ended a decade ago in December 2007, Nepal has failed repeatedly to pass and implement a constitution. The latest constitution, adopted in September 2015, is still to be formally promulgated. Minister for Information and Communication Mohan Bahadur Basnet has gone on record saying the constitution will come into force only after the provincial and parliamentary elections to be held this November.
INDIA STUCK BETWEEN DHAKA AND MYANMAR
Published 26-09-2017 09:56 GMT-0000
The stateless Rohingya issue has caught the attention of the world leaders with thousands pouring into the neighboring Bangladesh and India while they are being pushed out by Myanmar. On the inaugural session of the UN last week several leaders including the US President Donald Trump expressed concern about them.
RELIEF OPERATIONS MUST GET SPEEDED UP WHILE TALKS CONTINUE
Published 26-09-2017 09:37 GMT-0000
Who are Rohingyas and why they are migrating en masse from Myanmar? Rohingya is an ethnic community living in Myanmar for centuries but they are not treated as citizens of that country; neither they have voting rights. Denials of these basic rights to Rohingyas even though they have been living in Myanmar for generations, have resulted in revolt in young men of the community and they have become insurgents. The Myanmar army suppressed ruthlessly what they call “insurgency” and many innocent Rohingyas, who had nothing to do with insurgency, suffered. So ruthless was the suppression that a massive exodus of Rohlngyas started to neighbouring Bangladesh and India. So far over four lakh of them have crossed over to Bangladesh and the exodus has been continuing. Thousands of them nearly 40,000, have crossed over to India.
NEIGHBOURS LOBBY FOR BEIJING’S INCLUSION IN BAY INITIATIVE
Published 21-08-2017 19:11 GMT-0000
A recent move by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to bring China within the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMST-EC) regional grouping poses a diplomatic challenge for India. Given India’s abandonment of its initial interest in the BCIM Economic Corridor project, which upset its nearest neighbours Myanmar and Bangladesh, it may be difficult to prevent China from eventually securing a place in the BIMST-EC organisation, observers feel.
MAMATA’S STAND HAS SUPPORT OF FARMERS
Published 13-04-2017 11:56 GMT-0000
In theory, the choice before the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the centre could not be simpler: Should it fall in line with West Bengal in denying a share of the Teesta river waters to Bangladesh? Or should it accommodate Bangladesh’s interests to the extent possible, while compensating Bengal somehow, so that Kolkata does not feel shortchanged?
LEFT FORCES WORKING FOR TURN AROUND IN BRAZIL, ARGENTINA
Published 11-04-2017 09:27 GMT-0000
The victory of the Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno in the Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 2, has at long last given some hopes to the beleaguered left forces in Latin America after series of setbacks in a number of countries including Brazil and Argentina in the recent period. At a time when the neo liberal parties and their international backers in collaboration with corporate media, have been continuously propagating that the pink tide is over in Latin America and the Left will never return to power in any country of the region, Moreno’s win, though by a slender margin, has halted the right wing bulldozer in one country. This is sure to lift the morale of the left masses in the entire Latin America as the workers, peasants and the underprivileged are mobilizing themselves once again against the anti poor policies of the newly installed anti Left regimes.
MAMATA IS STILL OPPOSING THE TEESTA ACCORD AS PROPOSED BY MODI
Published 04-04-2017 10:06 GMT-0000
When Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014, he surprised everyone by inviting the heads of state from the neighbouring countries for his swearing in ceremony sending a signal that he is keen on ‘neighbours first’ concept. He had also taken it forward by visiting most of the neighbouring countries and improving the neighbourhood ties. . After seven and a half years of gap, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India from April 7 to 10. For both Hasina and Modi this will be an important visit to showcase the improved neighbourhood ties.
ECONOMIC COLLABORATION IS PLAYING THE KEY ROLE
Published 09-03-2017 12:06 GMT-0000
India’s efforts to achieve greater connectivity with its Eastern neighbors like Bangladesh and Myanmar have made progress, as specific linkages between cities and ports get worked out. However, to sustain and maintain the present positive momentum, Delhi must address Dhaka’s growing concerns about the sharing of Teesta river waters.
HIS MAIN JOB IS TO FIGHT TERRORISTS IN HIS OWN COUNTRY
Published 03-03-2017 11:00 GMT-0000
When General Raheel Shari hanged down his boots after serving three years as the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan to let General Qamar Javed Bajwa to take over reins at a ceremony in the garrison town of Rawalpindi in October end last year, many eyebrows in the top brackets of diplomats and strategic experts were raised as General Bajwa Pak might not be just another chief of Pak armed forces. It’s worthwhile to note columnist Bahauddin Foizee’s words on Bajwa’s image as purely a professional army person who is less interested in the state politics – a factor that certainly prompted Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif to entrust him the task of saving the troubled state where people are increasingly disinterested in carrying on the economically ruinous policy of belligerence towards India . A senior officer, just below his rank, described Bajwa as “extremely professional, but very easy-going and full of compassion and not protocol-minded, nor known as politically ambitious. He knows Kashmir and adjoining areas profoundly and has been of a firm opinion that extremism is a bigger threat for Pakistan than India.
SOME SETTLERS HAVE JEHADI CONNECTIONS
Published 16-01-2017 11:52 GMT-0000
Around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims belonging originally to Myanmar, have settled in India after being hounded out by Myanmar authorities and they are spread over eight states with a substantial number in Jammu. Indian intelligence officials are worried that some Rohingyas settled in Jammu, have got training under jehadis in Pakistan and Afghanistan and they are a threat to te Indian security in this sensitive region. Sources say that the concerned activists have international jehadi connections and they have already taken part in some actions in other countries.