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South Asia suffers from a significant identity and knowledge deficit. Certain dominant narratives and perceptions have accreted, that in turn breed misconception and misunderstanding about the region among outsiders and gives rise to intra-regional distrust and misapprehension about each other’s motives and intentions.
 
Much of the knowledge /data base and information dissemination on the region is sourced externally – largely from Western and extra-regional sources. Basic information about countries of the region and their national perspectives on key issues are hard to get and scattered across diverse sources whose authenticity and reliability remain in doubt.
 
In order to create a more credible and empathetic knowledge bank on the South Asian region and bridge the information gap inherent to it, a small group of Delhi-based journalists, scholars, former diplomats and policy analysts got together to create the South Asia Monitor (www.southasiamonitor.org) - an independent web journal and online resource site dealing with strategic, political, security, cultural and economic issues in the extended South Asian region and nations comprising it.
 
Developed to serve students, scholars, journalists and analysts across the globe who have a keen interest in South Asian studies, or seeking in-depth knowledge or looking for reliable resource and documentation on this region, the site features exclusive commentaries, insightful analyses, interviews and reviews contributed by experts, diplomats, journalists and analysts from all over the world. It also aggregates news and views content related to the region.
 
As a holistic and independent platform of information and opinion/analysis on a region that not only comprises over a fourth of mankind but is of growing strategic and commercial importance to the rest of the world, SAM looks forward to attracting insights and views from academicians, journalists, experts, researchers and students in order to make it an interactive and enriching source of learning and understanding. As the sole South Asia- based monitoring source on the whole region, it aims to bring to you views, voices and visions that are objective and informed yet non-parochial, unbiased and independent.
 
SAM is equipped to prepare original reports by domain/subject experts on events, situations, trends and business opportunities in individual South Asian countries, as well as on the region, for use by think- tanks, policy makers, analysts, governments and embassies, amongst others. These premium and customized reports are available at a price on request.
 
South Asia Monitor is maintained and curated by SPS
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
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Pakistan said on July 27 that India's stipulation for granting visa to Pakistani nationals were "highly regrettable" and was against diplomatic norms.
 
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In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
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In the last few weeks , spokesman of Government of China have been issuing several statements and  making observations against India that sound like war cry. 1962 war between India and China was mentioned , as a reminder to India of the happenings then, which virtually amount to a warning that events of 1962  could be repeate
 
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Images of Kashmiri separatists walking the corridors of the Prime Minister’s office during Atal Behari Vajpayee’s tenure have been replaced with visuals of Hurriyat Conference leaders being arrested and taken into custody by a central agency.
 
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As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
 
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On July 18, the global media carried stories of how Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Naif was ousted from his position and replaced by his cousin, deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
 
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The alliance that defeated the militant Islamic State group in Mosul was unusual. Fighting alongside the Iraqi army were not only US forces but also Iran-backed militias.
 
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S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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