South Asia and Beyond


‘Cryptocurrencies Are A Disaster, Should Not Be Allowed’

NEW DELHI: El Salvador’s president has announced plans to build a ‘Bitcoin City’ at the base of a volcano. This is despite warnings that little or nothing is known about bitcoin including who’s behind it. For this and other reasons, India is moving to regulate cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Dogecoins and others. A bill could be […]Read More

Revisiting The Battle Of Rezang La

NEW DELHI: Amidst the continuing India-China standoff in eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a revamped war memorial at Rezang La, where one of the fiercest battles was fought during the Chinese invasion 59 years ago. A small band of Indian troops was outnumbered by the marauding Chinese but not before rewriting a new […]Read More

‘CAATSA Penalties On India Would Be Strategic Malpractice; Are Past

NEW DELHI: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador P.S. Raghavan, the former Chairman of India’s National Security Advisory Board and an Ex-Envoy to Russia and Jeff Smith, a specialist on South Asia as a Research Fellow in the Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Centre and author/editor of ‘Asia’s Quest for Balance: China’s Rise and Balancing in the Indo-Pacific’, […]Read More

‘India Needs To Adopt A More Sustainable Model Of Development’

NEW DELHI: Looking back on the recently concluded COP26 in Glasgow, former foreign secretary and climate change envoy Shyam Saran says two points clearly stand out: developing countries cannot rely on the developed world to deliver on the $100 billion of climate financing they had committed, to simply because their own economies are in trouble; […]Read More

‘Manipur Attack May Have Been Triggered By A Number Of

NEW DELHI: Is the ambush of an Assam Rifles convoy in Manipur’s Churachandpur the prelude to something larger? That’s hard to say, but Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan (Retd), former director-general of the Assam Rifles, points to the situation on the ground. Talking to StratNewsGlobal on The Gist show, he said there is chaos in neighbouring […]Read More

Reason To Worry As Xi Joins League Of Mao, Deng

NEW DELHI: Chinese President Xi Jinping has managed yet another endorsement from the Communist Party, one that puts him in league with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, the two leaders who ruled China for long. Xi, however, has charted a distinctly belligerent course, unleashing aggression against one country after the other. He hasn’t spared the […]Read More

‘Xi Jinping’s Drive For Third Term Gets Another Boost’

NEW DELHI: The Chinese Communist Party’s central committee comprising the top brass, has ended four days of deliberations behind closed doors in Beijing. The meeting is seen as giving Xi Jinping another leg up in his push for a third term, one that seems pretty certain to happen next year. Ananth Krishnan, correspondent of The […]Read More