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Circle of violence in Myanmar: Ethnic rebel groups versus the army Ė How much longer?
 Without the military relinquishing its veto powers over constitutional amendments, it is but certain that the NLD-led government in Myanmar will not be in a position to effect political reform, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor.
Is India still interested in developing Trincomalee port in Sri Lanka?
At the annual Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi from January 17-19, 2017, Sri Lanka’s Resettlement Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said the two nations would soon commence negotiations for an accord for India to develop the eastern Trincomalee port in his country, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.    
Indiaís Act East policy: Need to rediscover Southeast Asia through better connectivity and cooperation
India should translate the proposed connectivity projects into reality, extend cooperation to the ASEAN countries to sort out the South China Sea dispute and take care of the Indian minorities there in order to make its Act East Policy successful and to rediscover the Southeast Asian region in the true sense, writes Dr Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor.

Rohingya Muslims: Deprived of ...

The blanket restrictions on freedom of movement for Muslim communities clearly violate internatio...


India and Afghanistan: Civiliz...

While these two South Asian states may have charted different journeys since their respective ind...


Modi and demonetisation: Can h...

The anxiety of the anti-corruption crusaders is whether the challenges before Prime Minister Nare...


Growing India-Vietnam strateg...

Vietnam, along with Japan, forms the two pillars of India's Act East Policy and New Delhi'...


Kim and China playing Trump cards Author Name Kim Jong-un has some guts. The North Korean leader’s foolhardiness apparently knows no bounds. Though baby face...

India-China Talks Next Week Will Be Influenced By Trump Author Name India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on Wednesday led by Foreign Secretary S Jaishanka...

The road to GST: a thin margin of error, Author Name Not just a tax change, it is being looked at as a business transition—and that means CEOs must get it right ...

Proposed Lok Sabha bill to prevent extravagant and wasteful expenditure in weddings: Pros and Cons Author Name A legal fix for a social issue is a hard sell in pragmatic situations, as it proposes to regulate a strictly private ...

The ecological balance-sheet No Image Greater focus is required to reverse both inadequate budgetary allocation for the Ministry of Environment and its under-utilisation

Why does higher education get such low priority? No Image There was a cartoon that was circulating on the Internet some years back which summed up the state of higher education in India rather well.

28 years after Soviet withdrawal

The former Soviet Union’s army was pulled out of Afghanistan on February 15, 1989 after a decade of bloody invasion. 

The fight Pakistan must wage within

Husain Haqqani, former diplomat, who has written the book India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?


The migrant story

Nepali migration overseas in search of good jobs has been pronounced following the restoration of democracy in 1990

'Open your ears and hearts'

Saliha Ben Ali, a Belgian mother whose son was killed in 2013 while fighting for IS in Syria, speaks at the programme “Campaign to Counter Violent Extremism: Learning from the Society Agai...


Many attempts by diaspora Tigers to foment violence in Sri Lanka

The ongoing investigation conducted by the Police Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) into the assassination plot targeting Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna district MP Mathiaparanam Ab...

Freedom with defects- The darker side of Indian democracy

After the third general elections held in 1962, the scholar-statesman, C. Rajagopalachari, wrote a fascinating, if now forgotten, essay on the imperfections of our young democracy. "The Ind...


Majlis approves bill to let candidates with criminal records run for councils

The People’s Majlis approved Wednesday contentious legal changes to pave the way for individuals with criminal records to contest in April’s local council elections.

Addressing challenges facing the RNR sector

Even as agriculture is one of the most important sectors in the country, it is groaning under myriad challenges.


The first India-China strategic dialogue is to be held on February 22, 2017. This dialogue was proposed during the visit of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in August last year and it was propagated as a new mechanism for a more comprehensive dialogue between the two countries. 
The Islamic State (IS)  and its ideological affiliates  in Pakistan have claimed responsibility for this attack and threatened that this is only the beginning of such an anti-Sufi /Shia  campaign to exterminate the apostate – or ‘non-believer’ writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
spotlight image India has vital interests in the Middle East and going by the spurt in political engagements since May 2014, the region is a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor
The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly hurt the holistic development of the entire State. The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly
Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
spotlight image Earlier this week, just after United States President Donald Trump’s top adviser on national security resigned in controversy, a European intelligence official asked a reporter the question on everyone’s mind: “I was hoping you could tell me what’s going on over there [in the US].”
It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
Every year during the budget, many defence and strategic experts start clamouring for a higher budgetary allocation for the defence sector and this year was no different. The allocation of Rs 2.74 lakh crore (excluding defence pensions) is being perceived as “too less”. Every year during the budget, many defence and

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...


What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...


What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...


Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

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