The Sunday Leader

Modi’s ASEAN outreach: Will it succeed?

By Vidyadharan MP India this year had 10 top leaders from the ASEAN watching the Republic Day from the podium with prime minister Narendra Modi. This was for the first time in her history that so many persons were invited as the chief guests at this prestigious event on January 26. This idea too seemed [...]

China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives

China on Friday said it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with President Yameen’s Special Envoy, the Maldivian Minister of Economic Development Mohamed Saeed in China. Minister Saeed briefed China on the current situation in the Maldives and said that [...]

Overplaying Israel

By Vidyadharan MP Last week in India, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s got presumably one of his warmest welcomes ever received in a foreign country. Ignoring protocols, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi drove to the airport to receive him. Then they had warmly interactions many a times, indepth talks and they attended many programmes together. [...]

AU demands apology from Trump for “shitholes”comment

The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent “shitholes”. The group’s mission in Washington DC expressed its “shock, dismay and outrage” and said the Trump administration misunderstood Africans. The US leader made the alleged remark in a Thursday meeting on immigration. But [...]

Stoning Of A Media Manufactured Idol

Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi are being pilloried by the Western World – their governments, leaders and media – as it usually happens when racial or religious riots break out in Third World country taking such nations back into the Stone Age. The conflict in the Rakhine state of Myanmar is pathetic and its [...]

Do Small States Need Nuclear Deterrents?

Pakistan’s motivation for nuclear weapons arose from a need to prevent nuclear blackmail by India. Had Iraq and Libya been nuclear powers they wouldn’t have been destroyed the way we have seen recently. If Pakistan had atomic capability before 1971 we Pakistanis would not have lost half of our country in a disgraceful defeat” Abdul [...]

Fury And Sabre Rattling In Himalayas

Declining Indo-China Relations: What’s behind the Indian and Chinese tantrums high up in the Himalayas over a road expansion by China at strategic point abutting China and Bhutan and on the ‘Chicken Neck’ shaped corridor connecting India with its northeastern provinces. There have been occasional flare-ups since the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict but they have [...]

Modi Trots The Globe While Kashmir Fire Rages

Thirty years ago (July 1987) Sri Lankan President J. R. Jayewardene was forced to sign the Indo Lanka Agreement after the infamous violation of Sri Lankan airspace by the Indian Air Force and Indian warships docked into Trincomalee harbour unannounced carrying thousands of troops. Media pundits, liberal thinkers, so called intellectuals and the like went [...]

How Long Will Modi-Trump Hugs Last?

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visits to the United States have been hyped to the scale of rock star visits by Indian expatriates in America and the Indian media. Last week’s visit of Modi to Washington however took the shape of a normal visiting head of state despite many Indians having surfaced in top [...]

Did Donald Trump Spark Off The ME Diplomatic Crisis?

Shortly after American President Donald Trump’s peroration against terrorism to around fifty heads of state comprising those of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Cooperation Council states and other Muslim states the region, a diplomatic crisis described as one of the biggest in recent times, erupted. The big four Sunni Arab states in the region: Saudi Arabia, [...]

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