Monthly Archives: March 2017

The strategic importance of Sheikh Hasina’s visit: India must help strengthen her position; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0025/2017   Courtesy: South Asia Monitor The relations between India and Bangladesh have been strengthening steadily after Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister over three years ago. The cooperation enhanced in several fields including energy and bilateral trade as India accorded duty-free benefits to Bangladesh on a large number of items. India is not only assisting Bangladesh in producing electricity, it is also exporting 600 megawatt… Read Article →

‘Islamic State’ Is Strengthening In India; By Jai Kumar Verma

CAS article no. 0024/2017 On March 8 the valiant commandos of Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (UP-ATS) killed Mohammad Saifullah an Islamic State Khorasan module terrorist in a 10-hour encounter in densely populated Haji colony in Thakurganj area of Lucknow. UP-ATS accomplished this operation on the basis of information received from Central intelligence agencies without any loss of life or injury. Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh asserted that… Read Article →

Indo-Pak may revive talks; By Shastri Ramachandaran

CAS article no. 0023/2017 Courtesy: DNA India In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading his party to an impressive victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, revival of the long-stalled talks with Pakistan seems a distinct possibility. Contrary to the impression created by the hard line and hostile rhetoric of recent months, straws in the wind suggest that both sides may have been working behind the scenes for… Read Article →

The South China Sea: Lynchpin of the Shifting Strategic Balance; By Carlyle A. Thayer

CAS article no. 0022/2017 The paper was presented at International Conference on the South China Sea: Impact on Major Power Relations and Regional stability, Co-organised the Centre of Asia and Globalization and the Australia-China Relations Institute University of Technology Sydney. February 10-11, 2017. Part 1. Introduction This paper addresses the critical importance of the South China Sea in international politics, and how the dispute has become an arena for the world’s major powers… Read Article →

China’s Warning: Give us Tawang, or else By Bhaskar Roy

CAS article no. 0021/2017 Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group India-China relations have broadened over the years with not a single shot fired along the disputed borders since the signing of the Peace and Tranquillity Treaty between the two sides.  Military exchanges and other high level visits have become a regular affair.  There is convergence of interest in several regional and international affairs. But there are many sticking points which impinge… Read Article →

Why China’s Dalai Lama phobia doesn’t rattle India; By Col. R. Hariharan

  CAS article no. 0020/2017 Courtesy: India Today Opinion portal  Nitpicking over the temporal head of Tibet, at best, suits Beijing to needle New Delhi and possibly to please the local audience  China has once again “warned” India for allowing the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader in exile in India, to visit Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, in April 2017.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the press that… Read Article →

Sri Lanka Perspectives – February 2017; By Colonel R Hariharan

  CAS article no. 0019/2017 Limelight again on Sri Lanka in UNHRC session  Sri Lanka is once again under of stress as the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) commencing in Geneva in March 2017 when the Human Rights Commissioner will present his report on Sri Lanka’s follow up actions to meet the requirements of the UNHRC resolution of October 2015.  Sri Lanka had agreed to fulfilwithin two years… Read Article →