BIMSTEC offers excellent opportunities for India to connect its Northeast with the economic power houses of ASEAN. In addition to adding infrastructure, BIMSTEC can also help the country in its energy sector. Yet while the BIMSTEC initiatives appear promising, there are potentialities that still need to be realized, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.
The chances that Pakistani army succeeds in taking revenge are remote; hence it may be possible that Gen Raheel Sharif compels Nawaz (Sharif) to give him extension and in case he refuses to give extension, Pakistan may witness one more coup, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.
It’s back to square one. In context, Maldives quitting the Commonwealth, and the latter feeling saddened about what anyway was in the making, and the UK as the Commonwealth’s founder and eternal chair, too feeling upset, have only academic relevance just now, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.
As Pakistan is now aiming for a greater SAARC with China and the Central Asian states in its fold, the importance of the emerging BBIN grouping has become more important for not only Indian diplomatic initiatives but for economic progress of landlocked countries like Nepal and Bhutan, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
The election of Antonio Guterres is a positive sign which the new Secretary General should use to his advantage in the interests of a multi-polar and secure world writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor
With the 19th summit being cancelled due to animosities between its member states, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to become a letter-pad organization that is technically not being wound up but whose meaningful functioning has ceased to be a possibility, writes N. S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.
Where increasing international and regional pressure on Pakistan has borne some result, it would do India well in the long run if it does not abandon its efforts to keep Pakistan’s rogue behaviour under check through a combination of sustained diplomatic, economic and military measures, writes Tanushree Chakravorty for South Asia Monitor.
The Chinese announcement regarding damming the Brahmaputra has come at a time when India hints that it may revisit the Indus Water Treaty. Beijing is perhaps sending a message across that a large part of northeastern India is dependent on Chinese mercy so far as Brahmaputra waters are concerned, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
New Delhi while strengthening its strategic ties with the US, should watch closely recent events in ASEAN which may have reduced Washington’s leverage and strengthened China’s position in ASEAN, write Tridivesh Singh Maini and Maithili Parikh for South Asia Monitor.
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