Kim Jong-il was surrounded by myth-making, little is known about North Korea, and even less about the new ruler, Kim Jong-Un
The US-led international community must avoid over-reaction and deal with the situation tactically and tactfully without playing into the hands of those in North Korea who want an escalation of tension.
India, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines should come together to discuss how to counter China's over-assertiveness, without creating a confrontational situation
While former US President Jimmy Carter was visiting the North Korean capital to secure the release of an American, Kim Jong-il decided to leave Pyongyang for China
That is the most worrying question for Beijing today and not the question, what is the US up to in India.
Webb's visit to Myanmar and his meeting with Than Shwe, coming in the wake of Clinton's visit to Pyongyang, indicates that the Obama Administration sees no problem in dealing with dictators and playing down human rights issues, if it will serve US na
Does the Clinton visit suggest a direct approach to N.Korea rather than dependence on China?
Obama or the likes of Ahmadinejad, Kim-Jong-il, Mulla Mohammad Omar, the Amir of the Afghan Taliban, or Osama bin Laden? One wishes it will be Obama, but one apprehends it may not be him.
Officially, China only expressed 'deep regret' at Pranab Mukherejee's remarks on Arunachal Pradesh. But its experts are talking about India's alleged military reinforcements in the border and are not ruling out the eruption of a 'partial border war'.
The Iranian response, despite public denials, has been to play the single card that history has stamped "effective" since 1949 -- raising the specter of becoming nuclear-armed.
Don't Kolkata's 'intellectuals' know Communist history? Why are they so shocked at the massacre of villagers who didn't want to part with their land at Nandigram?
With flexibility by all parties, the North Korean promise to terminate its nuclear-weapons program could usher in a new era in the peninsula that in the 20th century was one of the most violently contested and militarized spots on earth.
The Six-Party deal returns essentially to a past agreement with new promises for the future-- though it leaves unanswered the fate of nuclear weapons and fissile material already produced by North Korea.
...But Change the Subject: Nuclear North Korea returns to the negotiating table in the hope of consolidating its gain through bipartite talks with the US.
So we've finally had our plebiscite, however covert, on the failing Outlaw Empire of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The wave— and make no mistake, it's a global one— has just crashed on our shores, soaking our imperial masters.
In future years, people may point to the North Korean nuclear crisis as a turning point that brought China on the same side as the US and Japan instead of creating two hostile blocs in Asia.
Early responses perceived the North Korean test as a challenge to unsettle President Bush. But first appearances can be deceptive—future prospects might well turn out to be far-reaching and surprising.
The North Korean underground nuclear test on 9 October has sent shockwaves— weak on the Richter scale but shaking the core of the East Asian security and the existing geopolitical balance in Asia underpinned by the US nuclear umbrella.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
He would take his colour, brushes and canvas outside to paint and talk with his love. He would stand close to the window and paint, keeping an eye on his muse.
They say the violin mimics the human sound. In his case, it was that of love, of longing. He didn’t know any other way of loving.
Younger people do not have much progressive beliefs; a 2017 survey found that one-third of young people opposed inter-caste marriage.
The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.
Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.
Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.
The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.