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Woman is equal to man because she, like man, is ‘subject supreme’. To talk of rights without understanding why rights are natural; to assert rights without knowing why those rights are inalienable and to not know the sacred self that validates those rights is to put the cart before the horse, writes Abheek Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.


The state of the Indian woman today is one more nuanced than the negative international perception. Change has occurred, but it did not have the same impact everywhere. Thus, some segments as well as society as a whole still need a further shift in the status quo. The journey, for it is still dark must continue, till dawn, writes Chahrazade Nesrine Douah for South Asia Monitor.

After first being stunned into silence by what it believes was a transgression into its internal affairs by the Indian Prime Minister, the Pakistani establishment seems to have hurled itself into confused animation.  

Three weeks after the Americans had elected him as their next President, Barack Obama met a group of reporters and shared his thoughts on pitfalls of decision-making. In the course of that interaction, he made this point: “One of the dangers in the White House, based on my reading of history, is that you get wrapped up in groupthink and everybody agrees with everything, and there is no discussion and there are no dissenting views.”


Speaking in the Lok Sabha on April 21, 2003, about his just-concluded visit to J&K, PM Vajpayee spelt out his perspective on the way ahead to deal with the complex issues concerning the State. He spoke of major economic projects in areas like the development of road and rail infrastructure and promoting employment for the youth. 


No doubt the condition of Kashmir has improved from what it was almost 50 days ago but it cannot be guaranteed that hostility will not pop up in future. The government should deal with sensitive issues with great concern and should furthermore build confidence and trust measures among the local people and the local government, writes Neha Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

China must be encouraged towards discussions by evolving a fresh global initiative so as to stall an imminent showdown in South China Sea. lt is certainly in the best interest of the world to not to let this regional rivalry blow up into a global  crisis, writes Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.  

In the chrysalis of myth-making in Kashmir Valley’s fast circulating tittle tattle, India is now perceived to be the undisputed enemy and with its neo intifada succeeding in removing security forces from large pockets of the Valley, the general impression on the rumour circuit is that India is on the rails and ready to give in. 


Pakistan is soliciting world support for its stance on the current situation in Kashmir. Pakistan’s stance is superior to India’s in terms of law, human rights and the wishes of the majority in the occupied valley of Kashmir — which happens also to be the majority in India-held Kashmir. 


India’s pathetic performance at the Rio Olympics has been an occasion to lament about the corruption of our sports administrators, the lack of motivation for our athletes, no proper training, little remuneration, and little chance of making a career in sports for all but the top cricket stars. 


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