Articles By Dr S Chandrasekharan

Myanmar: How to deal with a Bully like China?

Myanmar: How to deal with a Bully like China?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 03 Jan , 2021

Not so long ago, Irrawady in its editorial of 11th August, expressed its fears about China as follows.  It said that at that time, that the Chinese weapons and economic influence are both...

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Nepal: China on a Rescue Mission

Nepal: China on a Rescue Mission

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 31 Dec , 2020

It looks that China has been taken by surprise on the developments in Nepal which culminated in Prime Minister Oli  convincing the President to immediately dissolve the Parliament giving no chance...

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Nepal: More on the Constitutional Coup by Oli

Nepal: More on the Constitutional Coup by Oli

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 24 Dec , 2020

This may be read along with my earlier paper on Nepal that discussed the dissolution of the Parliament in Nepal by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.  More details have...

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Myanmar: Post Election Developments

Myanmar: Post Election Developments

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 22 Dec , 2020

In the post election scenario two distinct strands are seen but surprisingly both appear to be mutually exclusive. A third development that is noticed is that the Army’s relationship with the...

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Myanmar Elections in Northern Rakhine: Rare and Good Opportunity

Myanmar Elections in Northern Rakhine: Rare and Good Opportunity

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 20 Dec , 2020

It is unbelievable but it is true that the Northern Rakhine has not seen any fighting since the last General Election on 8th November 2020.  It does not appear to be an accident but a conscious...

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Bhutan: Managing Wuhan Virus and its Adverse Impact

Bhutan: Managing Wuhan Virus and its Adverse Impact

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 17 Dec , 2020

For smaller countries, while managing the spread of Wuhan Virus (Covid 19) could be efficiently done, its impact on the economy is a major challenge.  Bhutan is no exception. But with a...

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Nepal: Active China and a Flurry of visits by Indian Officials - View from...

Nepal: Active China and a Flurry of visits by Indian Officials - View from...

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 10 Dec , 2020

With an active Chinese Ambassador making repeated visits to the leaders of the Ruling Political Party to prevent a split and save the Government and with a flurry of visits by Indian officials, ...

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Myanmar: NLD of Suu Kyi has an overwhelming Victory: Time for Reconciliation

Myanmar: NLD of Suu Kyi has an overwhelming Victory: Time for Reconciliation

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 20 Nov , 2020

It is now official.  Defying all predictions, the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Suu Kyi has swept the polls with 258 and 138 in the Lower and Upper Houses respectively, thus exceeding its...

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Myanmar: Suu Kyi Sweeps the Polls

Myanmar: Suu Kyi Sweeps the Polls

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 16 Nov , 2020

Though formal results have not been announced, it looks by all accounts that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has swept the polls with over 399 seats in the National Legislature...

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Nepal: Internal Crisis continues while the Pandemic is getting Uncontrollable

Nepal: Internal Crisis continues while the Pandemic is getting Uncontrollable

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 09 Nov , 2020

It is a pity that while Oli’s Government is facing an imminent crisis due to Covid-19 (Wuhan Virus) pandemic, it is downplaying it and is busy with other things.   One in 28 in Kathmandu is said...

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Myanmar: Election Commission keen to continue with Elections despite the...

Myanmar: Election Commission keen to continue with Elections despite the...

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 05 Nov , 2020

In view of mounting incidence of Covid 19 Virus (Read Wuhan Virus), many political parties except the Ruling Party NLD have appealed to the Union Election Commission (UEC) to postpone the...

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Nepal: PM Oli is back to his old Ways!

Nepal: PM Oli is back to his old Ways!

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 08 Oct , 2020

  Just a month ago, in an effort to patch up between the two top leaders Oli and Dahal, other senior leaders of the NCP managed to persuade Oli to give an undertaking that all decisions...

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Myanmar: Election Scenario

Myanmar: Election Scenario

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 23 Sep , 2020

Despite suggestions from various parties but not the Ruling Party for postponement due to the spread of Wuhan Virus, the Union Election Commission declared that the Elections will take...

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Sino- Myanmar Pauk-Phaw Relationship under Strain?

Sino- Myanmar Pauk-Phaw Relationship under Strain?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 09 Sep , 2020

  It looks that of late, the much talked about Pauk-Phaw  relationship between Myanmar and China is under strain.  This Pauk-Phaw that means fraternal relationship was hailed as the centre piece...

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Myanmar: Bars Arakan Army from Panglong Conference- An Unwise Move

Myanmar: Bars Arakan Army from Panglong Conference- An Unwise Move

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 13 Aug , 2020

On 6th of August, the Myanmar Government announced that the Arakan Army will not be invited for the next 21st Century Panglong Conference. On the other hand, it indicated that the other seven...

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Myanmar: Current Developments and President Xi’s Visit: China Gains

Myanmar: Current Developments and President Xi’s Visit: China Gains

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 12 Feb , 2020

President Xi Jinping made a two-day visit to Myanmar on 17th and 18th of January.  Though the visit was declared as one to mark the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two...

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Myanmar: Recent Developments

Myanmar: Recent Developments

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 08 Sep , 2019

The most important event this month has been the surprising attacks by the three members of the Northern Alliance- the TNLA, MNDAA and the AA on infra structure and Army’s check posts in areas...

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Insurgency in Rakhine: Need to talk to Arakan Army

Insurgency in Rakhine: Need to talk to Arakan Army

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 22 Jun , 2019

There was an unnoticed report in the media that said that the Arakan Army – its increasing strength, growing popular acceptance of its military role should be of national and international...

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Nepal: Federal and State Governments on a Collision Course

Nepal: Federal and State Governments on a Collision Course

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 30 Apr , 2019

It was in September 2015 that a federal Constitution was implemented with three tiers of administration- at the local level- the provincial level and at the federal level.  In the elections that...

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Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Getting Isolated?

Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Getting Isolated?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Date: 24 Apr , 2019

When Suu Kyi came to power with an overwhelming majority in the elections of 2015, People’s expectations were rather high.  Barring the Rakhine State, where the NLD had a poor showing, her party...

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