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After decades of delay and inaction, the much-debated Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 has finally been tabled in Pakistan’s National Assembly. But there is more to the concerns of the Hindu minority community in an extremely complex country like Pakistan which is infamous for atrocities on women, writes Sanchita Bhattacharya for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Suu Kyi’s visit to China has been viewed in both India and the US as a signal of Myanmar prioritizing its relations with Beijing over New Delhi and Washington DC. However, such worries are unfounded as Myanmar requires to balance its relations with all these countries alike, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Defying party whip or even defeating a government bill or two has lost all meaning in contemporary Maldivian context. Given the history of multi-party presidential elections since 2008, Yameen’s adversaries may stick together until creating a situation for his constitutional exit, and test their mutual strengths in the first round of a presidential poll, before further realignment, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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SAARC is dead. For a region that continues to be plagued by poverty and serious developmental challenges, it is time to projects that can substantively improve the quality of life in South Asia. Thirty years is a long time for some tough thinking and plain talking, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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On the one hand, the persisting land conflict between the indigenous Bodos and the migrant communities has aggravated ethnic tensions, the attack also points to the presence and uninterrupted flow of arms into Assam that is adding to the gravity of violence being witnessed here, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Leading a country whose political cleavages are organized around tribal and ethnic affiliations, Karzai has been no stranger to the politics of Afghanistan and continues to have political strings tucked in his pocket, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The degree of impunity and political leverage exercised by JuD and its chief Hafiz Saeed within Pakistan is a sure indication of its inroads into the socio-political arena of the country. The popular support for the organisation has serious security implications for India, writes Sanchita Bhattacharya for South Asia Monitor.

 
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These were the mainstay of colonial empires east of Suez for many decades. With China announcing its “largest flying boat in the world” and India placing orders for 18 from Japan, the strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific oceanic region is about to become murkier than ever, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The shift in India’s outlook to Balochistan from the oblique reference at Sharm el-Sheikh some years back to this direct broadside from the Red Fort this month has been under consideration before but India had not taken this path as it is fraught with geopolitical challenges and implications, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Political quarrels, if not managed, could precipitate into a consuming power struggle or they may as well herald the changes that National Unity Government and people of Afghanistan have been waiting for two years, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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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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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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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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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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