KHALISTAN ISSUE MUSTN’T HOLD BACK INDIA-PAKISTAN BILATERAL TIES
Published 01-12-2018 09:30 GMT-0000
Gurdwara Kartarpur in Pakistan is one of the holiest shrine for the Sikh community. Situated in Narowal, not far from the Indian border, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground breaking ceremony of a five- kilometer corridor that will connect the Shrine with Indian border. Expected to be completed before 550th birth centenary of Gurunanak in 2019, the corridor would enable Indian pilgrims to pay obeisance at the shrine, without a visa and return the same day. Currently, it needs a visa from Pakistan and a two-hour journey from Lahore to reach the Shrine.
NAAMDAR WILL HAVE TO DO WHAT KAAMDAR COULDN’T
Published 28-11-2018 13:04 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s voice is breaking. Too many election rallies, too much ‘Mitron…’ With polling underway in Madhya Pradesh and soon in Rajasthan, PM Modi couldn’t stop speaking and he was telling folks in Nagaur in Rajasthan how valuable their votes were. Rajasthan, they say, will be one of the Waterloos that will trounce BJP’s high hopes. Madhya Pradesh could be close but Rajasthan will show the gap.
SIRISENA, RAJAPAKSE-DRIVEN CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS GRIPS COLOMBO
Published 30-10-2018 12:21 GMT-0000
The world is shocked about what is happening in Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed his predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse as the new Prime Minister after sacking Ranil Wickremesinge last Friday ending in a constitutional crisis. The New York Times described the aftermath of the situation in these words: “The country’s political system has fallen apart in a matter of days, threatening to upend its emergence from decades of civil war.”
LONGEVITY OF SIRISENA-RAJAPAKSA CAMARADERIE UNCERTAIN
Published 29-10-2018 12:04 GMT-0000
The political storm that was brewing in Sri Lanka for quite some months under an apparently tranquil surface has now broken out in full force. In a quick succession of events, President Maithripala Sirisena has dismissed his prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place and “prorogued” parliament till November 16.
DELHI AND DHAKA HAVE TO MOVE WITH CAUTION
Published 10-10-2018 11:57 GMT-0000
After Nepal, it could be the turn of Bangladesh to see a revival of anti-Indian political forces and fresh tensions against the minority Hindu community over the NRC controversy in Assam. Sentiments in Bangladesh have been aroused in recent times over repeated contemptuous references by top BJP leaders to Bangladeshis as ‘illegal infiltrators who must be thrown out’ and ‘termites’ undercutting the Indian economy.
Published 23-08-2018 11:10 GMT-0000
Congress is like 'Get off my lawn' since May 2014. Congress without power is like jail without parole. Jailbreak, the only option. Overpower the jail superintendent. That is Mani Shankar Aiyar and Salman Khurshid in 2015. They crossed the border to lay out the plan – 'Get off my lawn, Pakistan please help'. Last week Navjot Sidhu took the turn. He hugged Gen Qamar Bajwa, felt the electricity run up his spine, ‘Qayanat Mil Gaya!’
FUNDAMENTALIST FORCES SEEK TO RAKE UP ISSUE AGAINST INDIA
Published 20-08-2018 11:46 GMT-0000
The publication of the National Register of Citizens in Assam has caused concern in Bangladesh for obvious reasons. Names of some 40 lakh people did not find place in the NRC and concerns were naturally raised about their future status as citizens. Although the date for inclusion of names “with proper documents to prove citizenship” has been extended, many fear that even in the revised NRC hundreds of thousands of people are likely to find their names missing. The BJP, from president Amit Shah down to the party’s street fighters, are constantly saying that those who cannot prove their citizenship will be “sent back” to Bangladesh. But Bangladesh claims no citizen of theirs is illegally living in India and that they will not take back anyone sought to be pushed across the border as being an “illegal infiltrator” from Bangladesh.
BILATERAL RELATION WITH INDIA MIGHT TAKE TIME TO IMPROVE
Published 28-07-2018 11:07 GMT-0000
Whose victory it is in Pakistan’s election—Imran Khan’s or that of the army’s? It is evidently army’s victory. A former cricketer great, Imran has been bowling on a doctored pitch and had the help of the third umpire— Pakistan’s army-ISI combine. According to an Islamabad High Court judge, the ISI had asked the chief justice of the court to keep Nawaz Sharif, who crossed the political red line in Pakistan by questioning the links between army-ISI and jihadists, in prison till the election.
NEW PM'S RADICALISM WILL SOON BE ON TEST
Published 28-07-2018 11:01 GMT-0000
Imran Khan feels slighted that the Indian media made him sound and look like a Bollywood villain. He should be glad he was not bracketed with the Bollywood hero. Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor… 'Hero' Amitabh Bachchan didn't click with the audience. His copyright anti-hero took the cake. And reel-life villain Prem Chopra is a thorough gentlemen in real life.
DELHI SCORES A QUIET DIPLOMATIC VICTORY OVER CHINA
Published 10-07-2018 09:45 GMT-0000
Last week, Sri Lanka finally agreed to let India operate the Mattala airport situated about 40 kms north-east of the Hambantota seaport that China has built in the southern tip of the island nation. China has acquired 60 per cent stake in the project as Sri Lanka was unable to repay the debt to the Chinese company that built it.