South Asia and Beyond

Surya Gangadharan

Thirty eight years in journalism, widely travelled, history buff with a preference for Old Monk Rum. Current interest/focus spans China, Technology and Trade. Recent reads: Steven Colls Directorate S and Alexander Frater's Chasing the Monsoon. Netflix/Prime video junkie. Loves animal videos on Facebook. Reluctant tweeter.

Maldives Gets Its Next President But Too Many Ifs Lie Ahead

NEW DELHI: The ‘bad boy’ of Maldivian politics is back, so what if he’s riding on the coattails of Mohamed Muizzu, the victor in the recent presidential elections. Muizzu has got former president Abdulla Yameen out of prison (he’s serving 11 years for corruption) and into house arrest. Could a presidential pardon follow? The buzz is […]Read More

Modi Courts ASEAN, East Asia At Twin Jakarta Summits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads into twin summits in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday with nuanced aims in mind: at the India-ASEAN summit he will subtly reinforce the idea of India as a counter balance to China in the region, while at the East Asia summit involving ASEAN and eight dialogue partners (including the US, Japan, […]Read More

Major Push By India To Ramp Up Infra Along China Border: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: “Some parts of our border infrastructure are about national security and the area with China is about national security. The quality of infrastructure also tells you how serious we are about our border.” That was External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaking on border infrastructure and connectivity at a breakfast meeting with journalists on […]Read More