N Sathiya Moorthy   9 April 2024 Constituencies that are going to the polls in the first phase, slated for April 19, have just 19 days for campaigning and will have to wait for 45 days for the results. Contrast that with...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 5: The Maldivian parliament has called for trade and tourism sanctions against Israel for its atrocities in Gaza. But President Mohamed Muizzu and his cabinet are yet to respond to the parliament’s call. Given his commitment or...
N Sathiya Moorthy  The BJP is now inventing new angles to keep its campaign relevant -- even if it's old wine in an old bottle, which is what the allegation on 'Katchatheevu' is, notes N Sathiya Moorthy After a fortnight-long hesitation...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 26: The terror attack on a packed concert hall in Moscow last Saturday that claimed more than 130 lives has thrown up many questions. Though the attackers were Tajik nationals affiliated to the Islamic State (ISIS-K), the...
By P.K.Balachandran The Gambia, a small country in West Africa on the Atlantic coast, is upholding democracy at home and abroad. After emerging from two decades of a harsh dictatorship in 2016-17, the country is building a society and polity...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 14: A recent survey done by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre (PRC) shows that democracy had suffered a decline globally between 2017 and 2023 and that there had been a rising preference for authoritarianism, especially in...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 13 The March 11 notification on the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 (CAA) has already triggered an agitation in Assam, shaking the foundation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government there. And if the CAA...
It is not Russia but Ukraine which is in dire straits despite massive US arms aid By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 9: Of the two countries that are at each other’s throats now - Russia and Ukraine - it is Ukraine which...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 21 As Myanmar descends into chaos, mega Indian and Chinese projects are getting stuck, dogged by security issues. The writ of the military government does not run in the northern part of the country where armed ethnic groups...
By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 15: Desperate to capture the elusive South Indian States, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that dominates the Centre like a colossus, is using every trick in the book to stymie the functioning of opposition parties’ governments...
Bharat Ratna for Lal Kishenchand Advani has gone mostly unnoticed and even more unsung -- even when widely reported. Worse is the case of the conferment of the nation's highest civilian award on Karpoori Thakur -- who? Advani's name was in the news after...
The two governments make contradictory statements after the core group’s meeting in New Delhi on Friday.   By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 3: In pursuit of its strategic objectives in the Western Indian Ocean, India has adopted a carrot and stick policy...

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