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The votaries of hate are a threat to globalisation
While the visceral dislike for blacks and browns by the white supremacists has gripped a great part of US and Europe, in India, it is the local version of racism - communalism and casteism – that have become central to the deliberate targeting of certain communities, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor.
 
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It is time to call Pakistan’s bluff on Kashmir
While there is no dearth of proof about Pakistan’s mishandling of the part of Kashmir it has illegally occupied, the Indian stance towards exposing these wrongdoings remains below par. India needs to  change its defensive posturing, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Unstable politics jolts Nepal more than earthquakes
Nepal has witnessed 23 government changes in the last 26 years, the stepping-down of Oli being the latest in the line of political upheavals that this country has witnessed, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Afghanistan: In the grip of sp...

Afghanistan is the first country in the world where GWOT was launched after 9/11, and, thus it is...

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Restive Kashmir: It needs more...

A good governance strategy can only succeed if the Valley’s Muslims perceive that their dis...

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Asia-Europe Meeting: Getting t...

The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of streng...

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Go beyond the rhetoric: US nee...

The US policy towards South Asia is in need of more substance. Statements like strengthening of s...

 

Muslims and terrorism Author Name Even as Kashmir faces a prolonged period of unrest, it has to be remembered that the outbreak is not communal in natu...

India-US trade: Give some, take some Author Name India and the US have long shared democratic values, a vibrant multicultural fabric, entrepreneurial spirit and econo...

The troika of India's economic troubles Author Name Consumer prices in India went up to 5.77 per cent year-on-year in June, accelerating for the third straight month and...

A law against children Author Name Of the many injustices that have scarred India, the most unconscionable are those of unequal childhoods. The law in t...

Whose forests are these anyway? No Image A recent controversial bill that outlines a framework for the utilisation of compensatory afforestation funds is being strongly contested and challenged by civil society actors. It raises import...

Forestry is key to Food Security No Image Increasing crop productivity, if paired with direct forest protection measures, can increase both agricultural production and forest cover. Sustainable forest management is, therefore, crucial.

Showing tolerance

The war on terror is a failed mission since its beginning in 2001 because it has...

Up the creek, Dawn

ON July 19, newspapers reported that a married man who was having an affair was killed in an ‘honour killing’ allegedly by the relatives of the woman he was involved with. One report...

 

Cholera scare

According to a weekly bulletin released by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division of the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital at Teku (popularly known as Teku Hospital), 10 n...

Fix our political culture first

In the history of Bangladesh, there was very little small-scale communal violence. During Partition, when the whole of the Indian sub-continent was marked by communal violence between Hindus and...

 

Protestocracy: Mind the rights of the silent majority

It appears that protests have become a part of our lives. Not a day passes without a protest being held in Colombo or elsewhere. Indeed it is a good sign of a vibrant democracy, so long as the s...

Making Assam awesome

The first BJP-led Government in Assam, under the chief ministership of Sarbananda Sonowal just completed two months in office. While 60 days is not a realistic tim...

 

Maldives' curse of independence: Marching back to dictatorship

In 2008, the Maldives had emerged as a beacon of democratic hope across the globe. A fledgling democracy had started taking baby steps in Asia’s longest-running dictatorship. But, what w...

Bhutan's climate lesson

One hundred and seventy five countries signed up to fight global warming crisis, ‘Paris Agreement'. The new agreement will replace the ‘Kyoto P...

 

Review
 
 
 
 
The deadly routine continues, across decades: Four terrorists killed on July 26, and another captured alive in the Nowgam sector near the Line of Control in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. An Indian army official confirmed the terrorists were foreign nationals, as usual sneaking in from Paki...

 
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It needs to be recalled that this is not the first time that Turkey’s military or some military officials had staged a coup against the civilian government. But, what has left the world guessing, and even baffled, are the circumstances of a coup that did not even last a day, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor

 
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In Memoriam: Amb. Arundhati Ghose

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_7.jpg On July 25, Ambassador Arundhati Ghose of the 1963 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and one of our most charismatic officers passed away, leaving her many friends and admirers within and outside the Foreign Service to mourn and remember this ex...

 
  
Hillary Rodham Clinton has made it. Not that there were hurdles to surmount. Yet it is a paradox of America’s electoral politics that it devolved on the Senator from Vermont and her rival within the party, the mild...

 
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The unanimous decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on the China-Philippines territorial dispute is final and legally binding on parties to the dispute under the provisions of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 
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The West is a mute spectator of the latest developments in Turkey. It is now palpable that the West needs Turkey far more than Turkey needs the West.  

 
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The disappearance of Indian Air Force’s (IAF) AN-32 plane while flying from Chennai to Port Blair, with 29 people onboard last Friday, brings back the focus on the IAF’s fleet of ageing transport aircraft and also the disjointed defence planning and modernisation of the Indian Armed For...

 
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Ambassador Abdali argues that Pakistan’s nurture of intolerant and violent religious fundamentalists not only effectuates the destruction of Afghanistan but inevitably blows back at Pakistan itself, equally harming, killing and swallowing...

 
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The book is an in depth study to resurrect maritime diplomacy and redefine its activity using naval apparatus for present era. The book chugs into deep to explain the vital reasons why maritime diplomacy would...

 
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Rohit Prasad set out to probe how the government and ordinary people in India's remote areas used IT and communication technology to transform society. But when he saw how the other half lived in abysmal c...

 
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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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