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Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in New Delhi August 27 on a four-day visit on the heels of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's daylong visit to that country less than a week ago as  Yangon seeks to find some kind of a balance in its ties between its two large neighbours, India and China.

The Jammu & Kashmir Constituent Assembly, set up through a democratic election witnessed by international observers, had voted for Kashmir's accession to India. No plebiscite was needed as the people's representatives had spoken.  
Against the background of the recent visits of Indian leaders to Africa and the third India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi last year, Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), underlined the more frequent and higher level exchanges between India and Africa, their deepening co-operation in areas of food security, energy, trade, investment, and maritime security as examples of the new dimensions of India-Africa cooperation.   

And so it came to pass... Two months ago, Kashmir on the surface was at its glorious best, overflowing with tourists from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Yet all was not well, and as very often happens, everything changed overnight. Burhan Wani’s killing was only the catalyst, or excuse, given the subterranean anger, hatred and alienation. Something was always waiting to happen. The status quo we banked on favoured the other side more than us. And now, Pakistan, always ready to fish in Kashmir’s troubled waters, is all over us. Lashkar and Jaish are calling the shots. Unwittingly, Burhan Wani’s killing has become Kashmir’s Bastille Day moment.


India’s policy on the Middle East has so far served Indian domestic interests well, despite some observers criticising the government for not addressing the humanitarian issues in the region. However fast changing geopolitical developments, falling price of oil, energy security, regional security implications and the impact on Indians working abroad in the Middle East would compel the government to make sure its current policy adapts to these changes, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to escalate the rhetoric on Pakistan’s vulnerabilities to include them in his Independence Day address is, by all accounts, a tactical exercise meant to send the signal that two can play the game Islamabad has been playing for long. He had forewarned of his new approach at the all-party meeting he held on Kashmir.


The Balochistan narrative of oppression has been going on for decades ever since Pakistan took over this province. It would gain credence in Kashmir only when Kashmiris would trust that India is protecting them on the border as well as in the hinterland. Balochistan should be seen beyond the tit-for-tat narrative.


The traditional narrative has given way to a strict stance — for the better


There is no separate Kashmir story as there is for Afghanistan or Nepal. It was always a part of the Indian main and except for a brief rule from Kabul. There is no cause or case for a separate Kashmir, like the Tibetans may have or the Palestinians have. The second point here is that the Kashmiri’s are a distinct ethnic group with little of no historical or social affinities, except Islam, with those of the other regions of the erstwhile princely state of J&K. This J&K, with or without PoK, is an artificial entity of recent origin. J&K is not the only princely state that acceded to India without some early hesitations and a bit of acrimony.


Freedom did not come to us on a platter nor was it a gift of some benevolent despot. It was won with the blood, sweat and suffering of bravehearts like Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh, who made it possible for the Mahatma to script a political victory.


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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. 
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.
 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
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