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India needs to keep its eyes open, lest it loses Myanmar to China
India will make a costly mistake if it does not take into account several interesting equations now metamorphosing in Myanmar; a country which is vital for the successful implementation of its Act East policy, especially as China is trying hard to make forays into this nascent democracy, economically and strategically, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The Sri Lankan seesaw: Why China tilts the balance against India
Even though the Sri Lankan government is attempting to not ‘put all its eggs in one basket’ by engaging with countries like India and Japan, it will be hasty to assume that Sri Lanka will be able to execute its balancing act vis-à-vis China, a country it needs to battle its economic woes, writes Husanjot Chahal for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Obama's Hiroshima visit: High on symbolism but little on substance
US President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima speech (May 27) is a very carefully crafted document and merits some scrutiny - both for what it contains and what is ostensibly excluded. Predictably, President Obama did not apologize for what the USA did in August 1945 and this was stated even before he began the Japan visit, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor
 
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Will Pakistan dump Taliban – a...

What quantum of Pakistani regulars are covertly deployed inside Afghanistan is difficult to asses...

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Maldives: UK grants 'refugee' ...

By staying away from the country and its judicial system, Mohammed Nasheed may end up losing his ...

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China-Pakistan Economic Corrid...

While popular discontent and political opposition continue to affect the Chinese sponsored CPEC p...

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Modi's Iran visit: Chabahar wi...

The commissioning of Chabahar will not only provide India much needed access to Afghanistan and C...

 

360 degree: Grin & Bear - Don’t forget an old friend Author Name The aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the nuclear-powered submarine INS Chakra and the Brahmos Cruise Missile showca...

Game changers: Pak tactical nukes, Chinese troops in PoK Author Name A significant Chinese military presence in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has raised the geo-strategic stakes. Pakis...

If monsoon is as expected, first 3 years of Modi could possibly be best three years ever. Author Name Two years and counting is what PM Modi and the BJP are saying. After their unexpected victory in May 2014, and t...

Right path to a sustainable future No Image India needs to grow 10 per cent a year for the next one and a half decades if it...

Exhilarating peace

Death has made home in the country because of a few fanatics who see amusement in bloodshed of innocent people.Those who are killed ...

Extremism in books

When it comes to countering extremism, Pakistan’s approach is primarily re...

 

Having a dream for a Nepal

The over trillion rupee National Budget for the coming fiscal year 2016/17, unve...

Along party lines

In recent years, the phrase “partyism” has become quite popular -- i...

 

Repositioning brand India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi got off to a riveting start after launching a strin...

 

Maldives severs ties with Iran, siding with Saudi Arabia

The conservative Maldives government has severed all diplomatic ties with Shia-inclined Iran after siding with Saudi Arabia. Maldives becomes the latest Muslim nation to rally behind the Sunni p...

Bhutan: The tale of two towns- Thimphu and Paro

Thimphu, Bhutan’s largest city, is the economic powerhouse of the country, accounting for some 45% of the country’s GNP....

 

Review
 
 
 
 
India and Iran have long been close economic and strategic partners. Despite the tight sanctions that were imposed on Iran due to its nuclear weapons programme, India never ceased its bilateral links with it and pursued discussions on transport networks among other things. The withdrawal of the sanctions by the western community has...

 
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The morality of negotiating with terrorists is debatable and many in Afghanistan have opposed the deal. However, the duality of battling one insurgent group and making peace with the other must be understood as a necessary step that governments must take in order to establish the futility of violence in a society governed by democra...

 
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Two years of Modi's Foreign Policy

 
sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_2.jpg In purely quantitative terms, the Narendra Modi government’s engagement with the world throws up some interesting statistics. Mr Modi has travelled to 33 nations and met over 100 world leaders in the past two years while external affairs min...

 
  
Given the threats from Islamic extremism, doubts about the value of free movement in the Schengenarea, the Eurozone debt, general disillusion with the European Union as manifested by a British referendum in June to decid...

 
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As China moves to further entrench its presence in this part of the world, it would take greater global cooperation to contain what could become an imposing maritime presence of the Chinese, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor

 
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The tragic murder of a student from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Masunda Kitada Oliver, on a street in Delhi by three Indian men is a reminder of a malaise in our national psyche — colour ...

 
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It is the most persistently aired word in the lexicon of the Indian military. It is almost as old as the Republic and has been kept alive on a military ventilator. A handful of retired soldiers routinely invoke the expression in various public fora, to somehow pressure the political executive into ...

 
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What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up...

 
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Ian Morris’ book helps to understand better the productive function of power and the strengths and constrains of a data-driven study of historically embedded arguments. However, his selective treatment of historical occurrences, the narro...

 
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In the Indian context, these could entail the prospects that could have ensued if Vallabhbhai Patel had been free India's first prime minister instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, or if Subhas Chandra Bose had sta...

 
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The Lal Masjid stand-off in 2007 after abduction of some Chinese citizens and the bloody clearing-up operation was a watershed for Pakistan, triggering open conflict between Islamist extremists and security fo...

 
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Written by two IAS officers, ‘The Queen Could Sing’ narrates five different stories in an inimitable style. The delightful verses, fired by a childlike imagination, sparkle with wit, humour and archaic characterizations, instantly c...

 
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