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Both India and Bangladesh are suffering because of increasing Islamic radicalisation and Sheikh Hasina was extremely helpful towards India in curbing this danger. Her government also eradicated ISI network which was infiltrating terrorists, fake Indian currency notes and drugs through the porous Bangladesh border into India, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It would be a while before one could comment on the gains made by the charismatic Malcolm Turnbull in dollar terms, the images of a barefoot Australian Prime Minister bowing to the Indian divinities at Delhi’s trans-Yamuna Akshardham temple would linger in people’s memory for a long time to come, writes Rekha Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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If we as society and government fail to ensure social equality, freedom and security of life for women, the sacrifices made by women in the 1971 Liberation War would be deemed to have failed, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The trust and confidence between the political leadership of the two nations have increased manifold ever since Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009 and her momentous visit is expected to take the bilateral ties to a new height, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s visit to India was clearly more than the signing of MOUs worth billions of dollars. Both nations reiterated the importance of the fight against terrorism, showing that this is a smoke screen for a deeper undeclared ‘war’ against China’s strategic encroachment into the Indian Ocean Region, writes Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The coming summer is going to be an acid test of the political acumen of the ruling class, administrative skills of the bureaucracy and professional competence of the security forces, including their synergy, in Jammu & Kashmir, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The battle-lines appear drawn in Af-Pak. Sure Russia says that it needs Pakistan to fight the ISIS but FSB, the Russian intelligence, are no fools. They are very much aware of the ISI-ISIS and the ISI-Al Qaeda connections, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has suggested that India should shift to a policy of "launch on warning". This would ensure that any missile launched against India would be knocked down within Pakistani territory with obvious consequences, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With so much goodwill in Egypt for Indians one often wonders why the two countries are not closer partners at the international level. India is perhaps more talked about in Egypt than Egypt in India and its only now that Indian tour groups have started discovering Egypt and its ancient civilisation, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While at the social level, Pakistanis are keen about developing and nurturing friendly relations with Bengalis, it is the state of Pakistan which remains shy of tackling head-on the issues arising out of the war of 1971. That is where the problem lies, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor.

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.
 
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Ruskin Bond’s first novel ‘Room on the Roof’ describes in vivid detail how life in the hills around Dehradun used to be. Bond, who is based in Landour, Mussoorie, since 1963, captured the imagination of countless readers as he painted a picture of an era gone by.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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Braid-chopping incidents have added to the already piled up anxieties of Kashmiris. Once again they are out on the streets, to give vent to their anger. A few persons, believed to be braid-choppers were caught hold by irate mobs at various places. They were beaten to pulp.
 
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The report delivered by Xi Jinping at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) declared that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the CPC has drawn up a two-stage development plan to develop China into a "great modern socialist country" by 2050.
 
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The capture of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, by U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab troops this week is a crushing blow to the group.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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