US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at Munich Conference

Is US influence in world politics declining?

The struggle that the United States has faced to garner support for the Yemen campaign illustrates its diminishing ability to rally its allies to its causes. The lack of nations willing to engage in a war for US interests signals a shift in global dynamics. Even longstanding allies, such as Israel, appear less inclined to align with US policies.

My brush with Bharat Ratnas

In the choice of these awards Modi has again shown political astuteness and statesmanship of a very high order.

Will 2024 be any different from 2023? Little to cheer about

The world has learned nothing in the year 2023 from the miseries suffered by innocent people due to wars and conflicts.

COP28 actions on Indian streets, setting the stage for net-zero reality

As India positions itself for post-COP28, this youth-led initiative not only captures the attention of the masses but positions youth as catalysts for sustainable transformation. 

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India’s misogynistic political culture: Reflection of a deep-rooted gender imbalance

If the lawmakers of our country, those who seek to represent us, have a primitive mindset, how can we expect them to give security, welfare, and protection to the larger female population? Their irresponsible comments can be construed by some as license to commit sexual assaults with impunity.

The Palestine narrative needs to change: Direct negotiations with Israel only path to peace

In general, religions have only wrought destruction over centuries and facilitated extremism in their name. 

BNP needs an image reset: The questionable path of Bangladesh's opposition politics

So, when the Maitree Express train between Bangladesh and India was attacked during the blockade program, the BNP's image was sorely tarnished in the eyes of the neighboring country.

Bangladesh has conveniently forgotten its bloody history

As a result, the saga of the bravery of the four national leaders has now faded from our lives. We have forgotten our Liberation War. We have utterly failed in the task of giving them their rightful place in history.

Indian diaspora celebrates Divali Nagar festival in Trinidad and Tobago

Of the 1.3 million population of Trinidad and Tobago, about 40 per cent are of Indian extraction, descendants of people who were brought here by the British as indentured labourers in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Tank tales of an Indian Army veteran

I approached the bund in second gear and as the tank negotiated it, I saw Deepak descending from the top in free fall, headed for Mother Earth, and disappearing under the tank while I reflexively pressed the brake pedal.

A World at War: When Hell you create, you too will burn

The World’s at war

Islamist terror attack in Israel: A warning signal to India

Prime Minister Modi has been among the first to condemn the attack on Israel and pledge India’s support to Israel in this difficult time. Modi has read the writing on the wall and appears to be of the view that  what has happened in Israel may happen to India too. 

Bhagavad Gita and the concept of time

In the beginning time and space were together and in equilibrium. We do not know how this equilibrium was disturbed. But once it did, time came out and space started flowing and that was the beginning of the Universe.

Interim caretaker system is inconsistent with democratic politics

The interim caretaker system mostly benefits the military as seen in conflict-prone countries like Pakistan and even in Bangladesh in its last term.

Instead of lecturing other countries like Bangladesh, the US should look at its own human rights record

Faced with growing gun proliferation, US politicians have done nothing more than indulge in empty talk and prolonged debates, while pointing fingers at the human rights situation of other countries like Bangladesh.

Pietermaritzburg and Gandhi: Seeing a wicket gate to justice and reconciliation in adversity

When the world saw only the watertight compartments, Gandhi could see the presence of a wicket gate amidst repression, which made him build on the path of nonviolent struggle. He said, ‘humans are essentially good, susceptible to error and amenable to truth.’

Combat trafficking of women in South Asia: Sapan Webinar

Thousands of women in the region are sold within their countries, across borders and trafficked to the Middle East and other parts of the world.

India's chili diplomacy shows it's a true friend of Bangladesh

During the recent green-chili crisis, India helped Bangladesh control and stabilize its local market prices through chili exports, even though that led to its sharp price rise back home.

“I survived a plane crash in Karachi that left 98 dead”

How disorderly politics and economics combined to create the roiling mess that sank the domestic infrastructure ecosystem, including the airlines, in Pakistan. This was after all, one of seven Pakistani planes to crash within a decade.