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Connecting Northeast: Key to Asian sub-regional linkages
The North East Connectivity Summit has put a major focus on development of international trade and commerce of North-Eastern states, including Assam, and also West Bengal, improving connectivity with Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries with a special emphasis on developing connectivity in border areas., writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Ghani in New Delhi : Supporting Afghanistan in India's strategic interests
Disillusioned with Pakistan that has refused to deliver on its promise to bring Taliban to the peace talks, the Afghan President’s recent trip to India underlined the significance that New Delhi holds in keeping Kabul strong, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Punjab is Pakistan's militant breeding ground and terror sanctuary
In recent past 70 terrorist groups, big and small, with support networks of regional and international terror organizations, have mushroomed in Punjab. Prominent among them are the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Afghanistan: Peace with warlor...

The peace deal brokered with the ‘honorable amir’ of an organization that had killed ...

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Pakistan will have to pay a pr...

Pakistan's track record and the brazen manner in which it has used terrorism as an instrument...

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Cauvery violence reverberates ...

While the support and backing of Tamil Nadu polity, and at times people, to the Sri Lankan Tamil ...

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Reprisal for Uri attack: At ti...

The attack on the Indian Army camp in Uri by terror elements sponsored by the Pakistani 'deep...

 

West upstaged by Putin Author Name In a new book, All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin, by Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar t...

India talks terror with China amid offensive against Pakistan Author Name India and China held their first bilateral dialogue on counter-terrorism and security in Beijing on Tuesday against t...

Universal Basic Income is a bad idea Author Name When even the very rich Swiss have rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI), it is unclear why the idea is...

Pakistan's National Assembly passes Hindu marriage bill Author Name Pakistan’s lower house of Parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to re...

Resolving the water crisis No Image If Singapore, which has limited resources of fresh water within its territory, can become more or less water-secure, why cannot most States in India with multiple fresh and replenishable sources...

Simultaneous polls cut cost, fuel growth No Image A report by a Standing Committee of Parliament on the feasibility of holding simultaneous elections to the states and Parliament raises important questions. Polls can be held to some assemblies ...

Is Hamid Karzai a threat to Afghanistan's government?

Some observers see former President Hamid Karzai as the main threat to the current government and although Dr. Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani dislike each other, it seems the two will band together...

Daesh, Haqqanis and Sanctuaries

A big worry holding back a conclusive action against all these, it seems, is the worry of a possible civil war within Pakistan itself, led and fueled by all Al-Qaeda-inspired groups in the regio...

 

Remittances keep Nepal's shaky economy afloat

Remittances also fuel imports of consumer goods such as motorcycles, smart phones and electrical appliances, mostly from India. Consumption accounted for an estimated 94.7% of GDP last fiscal ...

At the peak of her powers

When you’re looking out for a nation, the attitude displayed by the prime minister is the sort of outlook you expect. She would leave New York with both her own image and that of Banglad...

 

Senaka Bibile dies again

We urge President Maithripala Sirisena, who as Minister of Health from 2010 to 2015 worked hard to implement the Bibile policy to look into what appears to be another attempt to kill Prof. Bibil...

Itís Kashmir, stupid

It is indeed heartening to note that after around 75 days of turmoil, the Valley seems to be slowly limping back to normalcy. However, one has to keep the fingers crossed, hoping that good sense...

 

Will India Choose to Stop Maldivesí Slide Back to Authoritarianism?

As world leaders gather this week in New York for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will also meet on the sidelines to discuss democra...

Bhutan's Dark Secret: The Lhotshampa Expulsion

Bhutan is the world’s biggest creator of refugees by per capita. In one fell swoop in the 1990s, the country expelled the Lhotshampa, an ethnic group with its origins in Nepal which made u...

 
                                           

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Pakistan was dealt a big blow to its aspiration of being a regional leader when three countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan - followed India's lead to pull out of the SAARC regional summit slated for Islamabad in the last week of November.

 
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Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the UN was the equivalent of Goldilocks - meaning that it was'just right'. To extend the porridge metaphor from the fairy-tale, it was neither too hot, nor too cold, writes C. Uday Bhaskar.

 
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The Non Aligned Movement, while holding fast the true spirit of the doctrine of Non Alignment, must act as the vanguard of all principal international debates on political, strategic and socio-economic issues and must also suitably modernize itself to remain relevant in the world, writes Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Mon...

 
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A vast spectrum of the American electorate are simply too ignorant and uninformed to critically evaluate the manipulative messages emanating from demagogues like Donald Trump and his admixture of devious supporters, writes Harold A. Gould for South Asia Monitor.

 
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A conference organised in Singapore on the challenges and opportunities for countries in the Indian Ocean Region, underlined the crucial role of IOR players globally in economic, cultural and political spheres.

 
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English Rendition Of Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj's address at the 71st UNGA, New York (September 26, 2016)

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We’ve seen this movie before — this very scene, featuring this very cast of characters, mouthing more or less the very same lines. On February 11, speaking from a rostrum in Munich, American secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov announced the imminent ...

 
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Pakistan has been successfully playing the game of psychological salami slicing with India and the world for many decades now. It is like the proverbial child who has been told not to go into the sea, but who takes relatively small steps in the direction that do not singularly amount to disobedience. So he goes to the edge of the ...

 
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The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...

 
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The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...

 
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In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...

 
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Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

 
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"Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's  "desire for geopolitical domination" which ha...

 
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