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Denial of NSG membership to India at the Seoul meeting earlier this year is by all accounts an unacceptable loss of face for us, hardly behoving a country which is asserting to find its rightful place on the big table at the global stage.

 

The recently concluded visit of Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to India was significant on many counts, as it was a step taken forward to end the trust-deficit of recent times. Now it's time to assess how it's crucial to broaden the ambit of trust-filled bilateral ties to foster trilateral cooperation among India, Nepal and China.

 
 

Indian constitutional mandate has ensured the supremacy of the democratic-civilian rule, even though the state has entrusted the armed forces with a wide and powerful latitude of manpower and weaponry (including nuclear).

 

The present Indian government has demonstrated clarity about its objectives in every field and is bold enough to call a spade a spade. In the BrahMos missile system India has found a strategic 'lever' to demonstrate its security and strategic concern to the Chinese regarding their efforts to counter Indian influence in South Asia, writes Sumit Walia for South Asia Monitor.

 

While Finland and the Netherlands are about to pilot the Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) schemes, India’s Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subhramanian stated that Universal Basic Income (UBI) is likely to feature in India’s next economic survey. The schemes are government-backed guarantee that no one’s income should fall below the necessary level to meet their basic needs.

 

Any national discourse on the strategic front, including – or, starting with -- LEMOA should thus consider the impact of LEMOA-like agreements on India’s ‘strategic independence’, nurtured through decades. It’s not a personality-driven political concern, but a reality-check of the present for the nation’s good in the future, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 

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.”

 
 


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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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