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UNHRC takes 'Global War' to the ground
Mar 31, 2014

UNHRC takes 'Global War' to the ground

In Geneva UNHRC session, while West resolution against Sri Lanka, that satisfied none - possibly starting with the movers and shakers of the world that the US and Europe think they are - managed to muster 23 votes, those 'not in favour' added up to a higher 24, comprising 12 against and 12 'abstentions'

Decoding India's Abstention on UNHRC Vote
Aug 10, 2015

Decoding India's Abstention on UNHRC Vote

In what is being touted as a major shift in Indian policy towards Israel, New Delhi abstained from a vote against Israel at the UN Human Rights Commission. The UN human rights body called for Israel's accountability in alleged war crimes committed by its officials during the conflict in Gaza in July 2014.

India, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC
Mar 08, 2012

India, Sri Lanka and the UNHRC

''The Centre will consider the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka and the overall relationship between India and its island-neighbour while formulating its stand on the US-backed resolution against Sri Lanka in the UNHRC,''.

Internationalising ‘Kashmir issue’, the UNHRC way
Sep 19, 2016

Internationalising ‘Kashmir issue’, the UNHRC way

How to downplay the internationalisation of the Kashmir issue? Is it possible to contain the present crisis.

Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC
Oct 14, 2016

Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC

Maldives in a none-too-unanticipated move has announced its decision to quit the Commonwealth. India as Maldives’ closest neighbour and regional pow

Sri Lanka at UNHRC: It's not a one-off affair for India
Feb 28, 2013

Sri Lanka at UNHRC: It's not a one-off affair for India

After the coming UNHRC session, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is set to meet in London in April, when they are bound to flag the issue. The Indian position at London would have to be reflective of the position that it might have to take at Geneva only weeks earlier.

Sri Lanka: Competing resolutions can complicate decision for India at UNHRC
Feb 21, 2014

Sri Lanka: Competing resolutions can complicate decision for India at UNHRC

At the UNHRC session next month, India should take the initiative to work out a consensus resolution, where not just the Sri Lanka-related 'accountability' concerns of the West but also the competing counter-concerns of 'friends of Sri Lanka' are also addressed.

Sri Lanka: Thinking beyond UNHRC-3
Feb 07, 2014

Sri Lanka: Thinking beyond UNHRC-3

Now there is a consistent and continuing apprehension about the West coming up with a draft at the Geneva session that will have greater acceptability in the UNHRC already. It is here India may be called upon to take a position all over again.

Sri Lanka: Understanding the UNHRC vote
Mar 16, 2012

Sri Lanka: Understanding the UNHRC vote

The increasing effort at marginalisation of Sri Lanka in the international arena, with hopes that a vote against the country at UNHRC could well shame the Government into taking pro-active measures at an early political solution are misplaced, at best.

Sri Lanka: UNHRC can still be an albatross
Jun 03, 2015

Sri Lanka: UNHRC can still be an albatross

The Sri Lankan Government's decision not to send a 'special delegation' for the 29th session of the UNHRC this month should be seen as an attempt to try and 'de-politicise' the engagement with the UN body.

Sri Lanka: UNHRC, Ukraine-Crimea and the 'neo cold war'
Mar 22, 2014

Sri Lanka: UNHRC, Ukraine-Crimea and the 'neo cold war'

Independent of the fate of the UNHRC vote this time, the recent referendum in distant Crimea should be a shocking eye-opener to Sri Lankan stake-holders of the 'ethnic issue', 'accountability calls' and all attendant concerns.

Sri Lanka: What after India's UNHRC-3
Mar 28, 2014

Sri Lanka: What after India's UNHRC-3

India's abstention from voting at the UNHRC session in Geneva means that India has now re-positioned itself to re-engage the Sri Lankan stake-holders in a constructive way, as articulated by Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid long before the vote.

Sri Lanka: Why India should not vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC
Mar 06, 2014

Sri Lanka: Why India should not vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC

India thus cannot afford to vote against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, now or later. If India needs to engage with Sri Lanka for helping the Tamils, it cannot do so from a perceived position of animosity and antagonism.

Sri Lanka’s rejection of the UNHRC resolution: A shift towards China?
Apr 01, 2021

Sri Lanka’s rejection of the UNHRC resolution: A shift towards China?

Sri Lanka’s foreign policy posture is to balance the US and China, being part of both BRI and the Indo-Pacific.

What does Sri Lanka’s defence of China’s record at UNHRC entail?
Sep 26, 2021

What does Sri Lanka’s defence of China’s record at UNHRC entail?

Sri Lankan leadership seems wanting to take on the West, not on facts and details, as listed out by the OHCHR but on ‘core principles’

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?
Mar 20, 2012

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?

With the UNHRC vote only days away, it was not a total give-away by India. The Prime Minister's statement in the Parliament implied that the tinkered second draft of the US Resolution too did not meet Indian expectations.

Behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s threat to quit global bodies
May 21, 2020

Behind Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s threat to quit global bodies

President Rajapaksa has now chosen the local audience and delivered the message/threat personally — from the highest levels of the Sri Lankan state.

Can LTTE win or lose elections one more time?
Aug 03, 2015

Can LTTE win or lose elections one more time?

In Sri Lanka, whoever wins or loses the parliamentary polls, and whoever forms the government afterward, it's President Maithripala Sirisena who would be at the centre of all post-poll politics over the ethnic issue, political solution and 'accountability issues' of the UNHRC kind.

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum
May 08, 2021

China in Sri Lanka: The Colombo Port Conundrum

Sri Lanka’s Parliament postponed discussion of a bill regarding Colombo Port City, but it is expected to pass.

Corrective justice: Can China be held responsible for COVID-19?
May 13, 2020

Corrective justice: Can China be held responsible for COVID-19?

It may be more useful to discern the outstanding issues with global health governance, and revamp WHO’s powers to improve surveillance and complianc

Cyber Mercenaries: A Call to Action for the Quad
Sep 20, 2023

Cyber Mercenaries: A Call to Action for the Quad

This paper investigates, in the context of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad, the burgeoning threats posed by cyber mercenaries acting as proxies for revisionist states bent on destabilising the institutions and societies of adversary nations. The paper offers essential definitions of what comprises cybersecurity threats, including cyber mercenaries, and delineates current trends. Drawing on open-source intelligence and insights from cy

Decoding Sri Lanka’s moratorium on foreign research vessels
Jan 08, 2024

Decoding Sri Lanka’s moratorium on foreign research vessels

In an attempt to balance between India and China, Sri Lanka has imposed a one-year ban on all foreign research vessels

Elections in Bangladesh: A kaleidoscopic overview
Dec 06, 2023

Elections in Bangladesh: A kaleidoscopic overview

Bangladesh’s domestic political climate remains highly charged as it heads for election in 2024 despite nationwide protests

Growing Chinese influence over Central Asia
Nov 10, 2022

Growing Chinese influence over Central Asia

Xi’s aspirations of Chinese hegemony are accelerating as his control over Central Asia expands

How India’s 13-A reference applies to the whole of Sri Lanka
Sep 14, 2022

How India’s 13-A reference applies to the whole of Sri Lanka

Over the past three decades, since 13-A came into force, there has been no inclination in the non-Tamil areas for provincial autonomy. Power devolutio

Human rights and India's foreign policy
Mar 26, 2012

Human rights and India's foreign policy

India's vote at Geneva in favour of the UNHRC resolution critical of Sri Lanka possibly signals the increasing vulnerability of national interests to regional interests dictated by the necessity of coalition politics. India's this strategic folly would once again rebound to China's and Pakistan's advantage.

India's Sri Lanka abstention: A message for West
Apr 14, 2014

India's Sri Lanka abstention: A message for West

Over and above the stated causes, reasons and justification, the Indian 'abstention' on the anti-Sri Lanka vote at the UNHRC this time was a 'message' in itself. Intended or otherwise, the 'message' was for the West-dominated 'international community' on the one hand, and the Sri Lankan stakeholders on the other.

Indian Ocean Region: What India does, China now wants to do better
Jan 19, 2022

Indian Ocean Region: What India does, China now wants to do better

The recent visit made by the Chinese Foreign Minister to Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Comoros showcases its renewed interest in the Indian Ocean Region

India’s lack of ‘strategic trust’ in neighbourhood
Jul 07, 2020

India’s lack of ‘strategic trust’ in neighbourhood

The ‘structural imbalance’ in South Asia is a contribution of geography and political history — but also has a deeper context and meaning.

Rajapaksa camp’s increasing India-bashing
Aug 12, 2016

Rajapaksa camp’s increasing India-bashing

India-baiting has become a part and parcel of the Rajapaksa camp-led Joint Opposition’s political attacks and protests against the ruling Maithiri-R

Rajapaksa’s dysfunctional regime in Sri Lanka and its impact on South Asia
Sep 23, 2021

Rajapaksa’s dysfunctional regime in Sri Lanka and its impact on South Asia

How the island nation’s security conundrums will worsen an already threatened South Asia post the reemergence of the Taliban

Sri Lanka — A nation on 'denial mode'
Dec 13, 2017

Sri Lanka — A nation on 'denial mode'

The future beckons Sri Lanka, but only euphemistically.

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy
Mar 30, 2012

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy

After the UNHRC meeting and the Indian vote against Sri Lanka, now it needs to go beyond Geneva, in the preservation of 'supreme national self-interest' in the case of both the countries. The ghost of Geneva would be hovering over them, yet Colombo should acknowledge the un-kept promises.

Sri Lanka: Cameron's presence and Manmohan Singh's absence
Dec 03, 2013

Sri Lanka: Cameron's presence and Manmohan Singh's absence

Post-CHOGM revival of what otherwise are short-term suspended issues may have the potential to unilaterally commit the Union of India to positions on Sri Lanka human rights issues that may be difficult to rescind closer to UNHRC March session.

Sri Lanka: Chinese envoy’s Jaffna visit can strain India relations further
Dec 27, 2021

Sri Lanka: Chinese envoy’s Jaffna visit can strain India relations further

Sri Lanka’s attempt to appease China is threatening the bilateral relations it shares with India

Sri Lanka: Is a new India-centric aid group more viable than others?
Jul 02, 2022

Sri Lanka: Is a new India-centric aid group more viable than others?

Aid from India, Japan, Russia and China seems to be more viable than aid from the West as it accompanies political conditionalities.

Sri Lanka: Prescription for a political solution
Jul 19, 2012

Sri Lanka: Prescription for a political solution

Unknown to the world and unacknowledged by the international community, Sri Lanka may be running to a point of no-return, all over again. 'International intervention' in the form of UNHRC resolutions has made the Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa more vulnerable in electoral terms ? or,

Sri Lanka: Tales which pictures don't tell
Feb 20, 2013

Sri Lanka: Tales which pictures don't tell

Since the BBC Channel IV film director has indicated that one purpose of the controversial film on the Sri Lankan war may have been to act in a particular way at the UNHRC session in Geneva next month, New Delhi has to be wary of efforts to influence its decision.

The 16+1 Initiative: Judged Too Quickly?
Oct 02, 2021

The 16+1 Initiative: Judged Too Quickly?

The 16+1 initiative is seen as a Chinese Trojan Horse waiting for entry into the European Union

मध्य आशियावर चीनचा वाढता प्रभाव
Aug 14, 2023

मध्य आशियावर चीनचा वाढता प्रभाव

मध्य आशियावरील आपल्या नियंत्रणाची व्याप्ती वाढवत असताना शी जिनपिंग यांच्या वर्चस्वाच्या आकांक्षांचा वारू भरधाव दौडत आहे.

श्रीलंका: नवीन भारत-केंद्रित मदत गट इतरांपेक्षा अधिक व्यवहार्य आहे का?
Apr 22, 2023

श्रीलंका: नवीन भारत-केंद्रित मदत गट इतरांपेक्षा अधिक व्यवहार्य आहे का?

भारत, जपान, रशिया आणि चीनची मदत पाश्चिमात्य देशांच्या मदतीपेक्षा अधिक व्यवहार्य वाटते कारण ती राजकीय परिस्थितींसोबत असते.