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With China using her historical stratagem of ‘kill with borrowed knife’, is this Beijing sending a message to the incoming Trump administration in the US, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While India has neither the capacity nor the political intent to reach out to its neighbours with investments and projects, China is deeply involved in the economies of all of South Asia and beyond. And with the operationalisation of  Gwadar port, the Dragon has finally arrived in the Indian Ocean, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's re-entry is sure to rattle India. It is known that he has extracted a promise from the Afghan government that the latter would get his name dropped from the US list of terrorists and that 20,000 of his supporters living in exile in Pakistan would be rehabilitated in Afghanistan at government expense, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Two significant developments have taken place over the last week in the nuclear domain that will have a long-term bearing on India’s overall  nuclear profile over the next decade and it will be instructive to see how these issues will be mediated in the current Indian political cauldron, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 

 
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In the recent past, there were several unprovoked attacks on Hindus, secular bloggers, atheists, writers and publishers as well as on foreigners by Islamic extremists. Muslim fanatics kidnap and rape unmarried Hindu girls and then convert them to Muslim religion, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Trump’s approach to India has been contradictory with much doublespeak. After he used a false Indian accent to mock Indian call-centre workers, he sought to wriggle out of it by clarifying that India was a great place and his anger was not against India but against outsourcing, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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India has a lot to gain from the Trump presidency. Trump wants to woo skilled Indians, Indian entrepreneurs and students to the US. His hard stance against China and terrorism and India’s fast growing economy would ensure heralding of a new India-US era, writes Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In the context of enhancing economic ties and tourism, India’s state governments are an important stakeholder. Indian state governments should reach out to Sri Lankan investors and encourage them to invest in India, writes.Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Chinese are capable of springing surprises. They have done it in Southeast Asia where the Philippines recently changed side and joined China despite its aggressive posture in the South China Sea, writes Anand Kumar for South Asia Monitor

 
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'Surgical strikes' are the right measures for the emergent situation. But for healthy and sustainable development and for 'sabka saath sabka vikas', we also need to strike a balance of fire-fighting disaster management and long-term surge of preventive measures on a war footing, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor
 


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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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