Asad Mirza

Stubborn Taliban

Stubborn Taliban

The manner in which the Taliban have been able to retain power in Afghanistan and their latest decisions show that to save millions of Afghanis from impoverishment and death, international community will have to adopt a new approach. While the nearly one-year old Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) government trundles on in the absence of […]

 Asad Mirza

Russia-China ties under stress?

Russia-China ties under stress?

Recent events in Ukraine and Taiwanare once again testing the Russia-China ties, as neither has commented upon or shown support to each other’s actions in different theatres of action. Two time-tested allies, though differing ideologically at present but firmly rooted in the same political ideology roots and having faced several crises together, supporting each other […]

 Asad Mirza

Taliban in a bind

Taliban in a bind

Latest Taliban decrees prove that they are least bothered by international community’s concerns and are committed to impose their own interpretation of new Islamic rules in Afghanistan.

The latest international conference to discuss the evolving situation in Afghanistan and also review the response of the neighbouring and regional countries to the latest Taliban decisions, took place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, last week. National security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and China, with Pakistan abstaining – as it currently has […]

 Asad Mirza

Time to forego religious hatred

Time to forego religious hatred

The recent controversy over derogatory remarks against the Holy Prophet has once again exposed the Muslim community’s religious and social leaders as being spineless and completely unworthy of being called the community’s leaders. For the past fortnight the largest minority in the country has been put at unease due to a controversy that is not […]

 Asad Mirza

Trade focussed QUAD

Trade focussed QUAD

The annual QUAD summit in Tokyo will offer an opportunity to Joe Biden to start building his trade legacy.

The first in-person meeting of the leaders of the United States, Australia, Japan and India, termed QUAD is being held in Tokyo on 24 May. This is the first in-person summit of these leaders after the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine war, worsening Sri Lankaneconomic crisis, and Australia getting a new Prime Minister. The security situation […]

 Asad Mirza

Fault lines widening amongst Indian Muslim religious leaders

Fault lines widening amongst Indian Muslim religious leaders

Recent outreach activities by Muslim leaders across India relays very disturbing and hopeless signs, instead of formulating a strategy to unify the Indian Muslims, these leaders are hell bent on further dividing them in various denominations and groupings.

As per the reports based on first-person accounts and news circulating on various social media platforms, the Indian Muslims across the country are worried about their and their future generation’s future in the country. The community as a whole is living under a siege mentality and is unable to fathom how to proceed further. One […]

 Asad Mirza

No OPEC or A New OPEC?

No OPEC or A New OPEC?

A recent bill approved by a US Senate committee, may empower the US administration to take action against the errant OPEC members, who are not ready to toe the US line on international oil prices.

After working on devising methods to counter moves by OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) – the largest consortium of oil producing nations across the globe, over the last two decades considered detrimental to the US interests and having failed several times, the US lawmakers have at last succeeded in bringing about a legislation, […]

 Asad Mirza

France rejects far-right

France rejects far-right

The recent presidential elections in France have proved to bolster the far-right parties in the system, but the French electorate has rejected them, though very narrowly.

French President Emmanuel Macron clinched another five-year term in the Elysée Palace, becoming the third politician to achieve this feat. His victory also bought sighs of relief, from Brussels to Washington. Macron beat out far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen in the presidential elections—a contest that risked shattering the Western alliance against Russia, and jeopardising the […]

 Asad Mirza

Indo-UK Ties On A New Track?

Indo-UK Ties On A New Track?

The overall lacklustre visit to India by the British Prime Minister to India, underlines the fact that the UK can’t take India for granted, and has to treat it as a bigger partner.

In Persian there is an old proverb: ‘Amad`an, nashist`am, ghuft`am, barkhas`tam’, meaning they came, they sat, they talked and then dispersed. It actually means to say that nothing substantial was achieved by the visit or the talks. The same could be said about the recent visit by the British PM Boris Johnson to India, after […]

 Asad Mirza

Tough Days Ahead for India?

Tough Days Ahead for India?

The regional economic and political developments may have near-immediate affect on the Indian economy, apart from the internal pressures.

The recent regional economic and political crises in south Asia, most of them in immediate neighbours of India, have raised concern amongst the Indian establishment. The economic turbulence in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives and the political turmoil in Pakistan may affect India manifold. The economic impact of the various crises is expected to begin […]

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