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Having raised the expectations of the people about his anti-corruption commitment to a very high level, Narendra Modi is now facing the challenge of fulfilling the expectations of the people, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is hoped that even in the face of developments that seem to be moving towards an arms race in the region and beyond, India will be able to steer clear of unnecessary moves, writes Manpreet Sethi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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There are many imponderables as of now, and we cannot say that the present ceasefire will necessarily take Syria to a peaceful destiny. But the ceasefire will reduce the death toll, writes K.P. Fabian for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The political atmosphere in Myanmar is likely to experience a major qualitative shift if State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi succeeds in establishing state control over the country’s natural resources, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With just 30 months left before the next general elections, it has become a compulsive need for Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only to fight against corruption but also appear to be doing so, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The challenges posed by IS-Khorasan are being dealt with in a piecemeal and fragmented manner. It will be interesting to see if a new alliance will emerge to deal with the factors that have plagued Afghanistan, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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There is no denying the fact that the current development of new normal in China-Nepal relations is troubling for India as Nepal’s dependence on India will reduce and thus its obligations towards India resulting in the loss of Indian influence in Nepal, writes Anuradha Rai for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 In ten years, Nepal has seen three constitutions, two political interregnums and a protracted ethnic conundrum between the peoples of the Hill and Terai.The promised devolution of power stands unfulfilled writes Sourina Bej for South Asia Monitor.

 
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J&K is an integral part of India and the law of the land must prevail. Security forces must enforce law and order stringently although excess use of force should be avoided -- but the separatists should not be allowed to disturb peace and tranquility in the state, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor

 
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The dogfight over the choice of fighter jets - known as the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) -  that are to provide security for the Indian skies is beginning again, writes Gulshan Luthra for South Asia Monitor.
 


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spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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On a self-imposed trial of three months, the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir has gone for what it believes to be a slam dunk.
 
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spotlight image Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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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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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 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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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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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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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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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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