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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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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
 
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The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 
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 If the civil war in Syria continues, it will be impossible to control in the future. To stop the massive humanitarian destruction, necessary steps need to be taken immediately, writes Mohammad Kawsar Ahammed for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
 
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spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
 
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
 
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Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
 
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Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
 
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The attacks in London on Wednesday are grim reminders of not just the growing menace of terrorism but also of the urgent need for the global community to join hands in combating it. 
 
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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.

 
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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 ...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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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