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With Russian President Vladimir Putin scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday for the 17th India-Russia Annual Summit, both sides are getting ready to sign the inter-governmental agreement for the “third phase” of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.  
 
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On October 5, a judicial endeavour by a small Pacific Island nation to mould a nuclear-zero world by holding the atomic-armed states responsible for their alleged violations of international law came to naught at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

 
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India’s surgical strike carried out in the early hours of September 29 is justified on two counts. It was clearly an act of self-defence after the Uri attack; the Charter does not say the right of self-defence must be exercised within a prescribed time limit. Secondly, it was not legally speaking, an armed action in the territory of another state. 

 

Apart from Kutch and Kargil, India and Pakistan have fought three major wars Rs 1947-48, 1965 and 1971. Much has been written and spoken on all the wars, but forgotten is the fact that in 1950, and again in1951, India and Pakistan almost went to war. That it didn’t happen was due to the statesmanship of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the quick mobilisation on both occasions of the 1947-48 battle-hardened Indian Army.

 
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Nations consisting of people in flesh and blood would forge a better understanding among themselves only when there is an organic process of interaction binding them. But today, by and large, nations in our region have forgotten their own people. They get subsumed within the nation and become faceless, nameless statistics. They lose their voice and their ability to converse.

 

The world must immediately apologise to Pakistan for getting this well-meaning country so wrong for so long. All the intelligence agencies, including the 16 that the US operates, have failed miserably at their job, their mass surveillance notwithstanding.

 
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Has there ever been a geopolitical union in the world quite as useless as Saarc? At this point, the member states don’t even care to pretend that there is anything to be gained by sitting down to discuss the betterment of the region. The bad blood is just too strong.
 
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Narendra Modi’s first foreign visit as Indian Prime Minister was to India’s small neighbour, Bhutan. One reason was strategic, with the landlocked Himalayan country lying on the border with China, just south of Tibet. The other was the large hydropower potential of Bhutan, which has been seen by India as a source of cheap electricity.

 
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India has played its cards admirably in securing the support of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to join it in refusing to participate in the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Islamabad.

 
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With Sheikh Mohamed’s participation in India’s Republic Day now confirmed, there’s additional pressure on Pakistan’s leaders — political and military alike — to get back into the UAE’s good books. There’s little prospect that the Pakistani military will be deployed in Yemen, and even if that were to happen it would earn Islamabad few brownie points with the Emiratis, since they’ve themselves all but abandoned the battlefield. Nor are there any meaningful economic inducements that Pakistan can offer in recompense: The UAE already enjoys unrestricted access to the Pakistani market.

 


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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Diplomacy can be quirky when not decidedly cold. Donald Trump has caused a flutter in the international roost weeks before his inaugural as the President of the United States of America. He himself has been left wondering how the  "US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment, but I should not accept a congratula
 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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