March 26, 2017

Indian Air Pollution A ‘National Crisis’

Pollution in New Delhi has emerged as a major problem. (Photo by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier Follow, Creative Commons License)

India dominates list of world’s top polluted cities, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast. Read More »

India: State of Exclusion

Market in Aizawl. More than 2886 Chakma names were deleted from the electoral roll, published in 1995 and 1996, from Aizawl district alone. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Who are India's Chakma minority and why they continue to be victims of ethnic conflict in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh states? Read More »

Failing Afghanistan and the World

Packaging pomegranates in Afghanistan. (Photo by Canada in Afghanistan, Creative Commons License)

It's not too late for the United States to help get Afghanistan back on its feet. Read More »

View from India: Fresh Turmoil in Kathmandu

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli. (Photo via video stream)

The K.P. Oli-led government has managed to stave off yet another crisis after Maoist leader Prachanda flip-flopped on the issue of withdrawal of support. However, more instability looms ahead. Read More »

Pakistan: The ‘Kakar Model’

Nawaz Sharif is facing increasing pressure to come out clean after Panama Papers revealed his family's offshore accounts.

While Martial Law will certainly derail democracy and is not the answer to accountability “across the board”, is the “Kakar Model”, a Martial Law for a limited period without being a Martial Law, the answer for Pakistan? Read More »

Pakistan: A Complete Encirclement?

Security personal at Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Pakistan's Balochistan province. (Photo via video stream)

Can an apologetic policy towards the Afghan Taliban really help Pakistan end its global isolation and put it on the path to development? Read More »

Corruption, Terrorism and Accountability

(Photo by Perspecsys Photos, Creative Commons License)

The Panama Papers are just one symptom of a deeper malaise. This is wherePakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief General Raheel Sharif need to intervene if they mean good for Pakistan. Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Delicate Balancing Act

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (2nd L) attend the signing ceremony of bilateral cooperation documents in Beijing, China, April 7, 2016. (Photo via cideo stream)

Sri Lanka’s position is indicative of an emerging new Indo-Pacific order, where regional countries seek to remain strategically neutral while selectively engaging with the major powers in order to serve their own interests. Read More »

Pakistan: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif delivering a prime time address on April 5 after his family's name surfaced in Panama papers. (Photo via video stream)

Facing revelations of money-laundering that have not as yet been credibly explained, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “prima facie” guilty until proven innocent. He must do the right thing while he can, tomorrow might be too late. Read More »

Tough Time Ahead for Bhutan’s Hydropower

Sand mining along the Punatsangchhu River, near the Puna I dam site. The dredging fuels the country’s construction industry but has disrupted ecosystems and destabilized river beds. (Photograph by Beth Walker, via thethirdpole.net)

Flash floods, sediment deposits and low river levels could make trouble for the Himalayan country’s dam plans – the bedrock of its green economy. Read More »