South Asia and Beyond
Parul Chandra

Parul Chandra

Professional newshound, have navigated through typewriters, computers and mobile phones during my over three-decade-long career working in some of India's finest newsrooms (The Times of India, Financial Express). Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan are my focus, also Sri Lanka (when boss permits). Age and arthritis (that's a joke) have not dimmed the thrill of chasing a story. Loves music, animals and pasta.

India To Push UNSC Reform As Member Of Apex Security

NEW DELHI: India began its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) on New Year’s Day. It hopes to give renewed thrust to the long-standing demand for reform of this key UN agency even though negotiations have stagnated for a decade. StratNews Global learns that during its tenure, India will […]Read More

Oli-Prachanda Feud Turns Ugly, Nepal Heads For Instability & Elections

NEW DELHI: The shock dissolution of Nepal’s House of Representatives with elections scheduled for April-May 2021 has underscored the bitter struggle for power between Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Prachanda. The view in Kathmandu is one of foreboding with warnings of prolonged instability. “It’s an unpopular move. After three decades of instability, the Nepalese […]Read More

Australia Backs India On LAC Stand-Off, Says Unilateral Actions Can

NEW DELHI: Australia does not support the Quad becoming a Nato-style military alliance! That’s the word from Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s high commissioner to India. In a wide ranging and exclusive conversation with StratNews Global’s Parul Chandra, he gave reasons why his government felt that way. He also offered an insight into why the Australian authorities […]Read More

India, B’desh Renew Old Bonds As They Look To The

NEW DELHI: On March 26th early in the new year, Prime Minister Modi will grace celebrations in Dhaka marking 50 years since the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan’s yoke. Ahead of those celebrations Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina inked seven documents during a virtual summit on Thursday. They also jointly inaugurated the newly […]Read More

Modi-Hasina Virtual Summit To Mark Liberation, Focus On Challenges Ahead

NEW DELHI: A mix of nostalgia and realism will mark the virtual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Thursday. Nostalgia, since this is the 100th birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s founder and Sheikh Hasina’s father, Mujibur Rehman. Also, next year will be 50 years of Bangladesh’s independence. The realism […]Read More

Sea Access in Mind, Uzbekistan Seeks Trilateral Meet On Chabahar

NEW DELHI: India has been pushing for the use of the Iranian port of Chabahar port, being developed with its assistance, to the five ‘stans’ of Central Asia for long. Now, Uzbekistan has become the first one to seek a trilateral meeting on Chabahar. The first trilateral working group meeting between India, Iran and Uzbekistan […]Read More

With A Nudge From China, Pak Army Set To Wrest

NEW DELHI: In the next few days, Pakistan’s National Assembly will pass an Act setting up the CPEC (China Pak Economic Corridor) Authority. The Act formalises the Army’s already existing hold over CPEC since its head will be the current chairman and former ISI chief Lt-General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa. The controversial ‘The China Pakistan […]Read More

Mending Fences: Now BJP Reaches Out To Oli

NEW DELHI: After the diplomatic and military outreach to Nepal has come the political outreach. On Thursday, Vijay Chauthaiwale who heads the foreign affairs department of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called on Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and the newly minted finance minister Bishnu Poudel in Kathmandu. This outreach is significant not merely […]Read More

As Aid Agencies Point Fingers, B’desh Relocates Rohingya Refugees To

NEW DELHI: “The 13,000 acres island has all modern amenities, year-round fresh water, beautiful lake and proper infrastructure and enhanced facilities. These include uninterrupted supply of electricity and water, agricultural plots, cyclone shelters, two hospitals, four community clinics, mosques, warehouses, telecommunication services, police station, recreation and learning centers, playgrounds, etc.”– These words are not from […]Read More