April 24, 2017

India’s Food-water-energy Nexus: Disaster or Opportunity?

Using pipes to provide just as much water as the plant needs can save much of the water used for irrigation in India now (Image by Joydeep Gupta)

Overuse of water for irrigation is taking India towards disaster, but new technologies provide opportunities to reverse the trend. Read More »

A Self-Confessed ‘State Actor’

Kulbhushan

Indian threats notwithstanding, Pakistan’s message must remain clear and unambiguous on the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, anyone operating against the state will be severely dealt with. Read More »

Pakistan Be Ready for More Acrimony with India

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Regardless of which way Kulbhushan Jadhav case eventually settles down, the current moods in New Delhi and Islamabad deliver ample evidence that the hard-talk accompanied by bitter acrimony is likely to continue for quite some time. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »

View from Bangladesh: No Military Pact With India

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid during a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

A military alliance with India in the context of current geopolitical alignment would be a disaster and will carry the potential of Bangladesh becoming a victim of ‘crossfire’ in the current big-power rivalries, argues one Bangladeshi analyst. Read More »

Pakistan Ranked Happiest Country in South Asia

Vista of the Tirich Mir Mountain across the Chitral valley. (Photo by zerega, CC License)

Pakistan is ranked as the happiest country in South Asia. Israel in Middle East, Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Costa Rica in Central and South America and Algeria in Africa are ranked happiest countries in their respective regions in the 2017 World Happiness Report. Read More »

View from India: Way to Get Back on Board

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Press Briefing with President Xi Jinping of China. (Flickr/Narendra Modi, CC license)

It may need both diplomacy and a push from Afghanistan and Central Asia to once again align the lines between India and China, if New Delhi and Beijing wish to ensure that the success they shared via the old Silk Route is given another chance. Read More »

Bangladesh: ‘Suicidal Deals with India Unacceptable’

File photo of a meeting between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New York on September 24, 2015. (Photo via video stream)

The approaching visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in April 7-10 to India, the worries are more in Bangladesh, the apprehension that she might be intimidated to give in to India’s interest at the cost of that of Bangladesh. Read More »

Pakistan’s Unheralded Fight Against Climate Change

Pakistan’s lonely struggle against climate change impacts has gone largely unreported [Photo by Curt Carnemark / World Bank]

Small steps by Pakistan are helping it create resilience in the face of climate change, an issue the Indus Waters Treaty did not anticipate, and which endangers it. Read More »

View from India: Getting Ties with UAE on Track

Relations between India and UAE have improved dramatically during the past few years. (Photo via video stream)

Strong words are no substitute for action, however, and the strategic partnership that India envisions with the UAE must be based on clarity and concrete measures, says one Indian analyst. Read More »