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During its eight years in power, Sheikh Hasina’s government has done all it can to address India’s security and connectivity concerns, writes Subir Bhaumik for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi on April 8 is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a number of reasons that have a historical resonance as Delhi prepares for the 70th anniversary of  India’s independence and the bloody partition of the sub-continent later in August, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.                                                                                                      

 
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The collective anguish and dismay expressed by the African missions in India and the students association over the  dastardly attack by a lumpen mob in Noida in late March that targeted African students should serve as a wake-up call for India and encourage Delhi to accept the ugly reality about racism that is deeply, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Will the Indian leadership match the boldness of vision, courage and gumption of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to meet her at least half way, if not more, as would behove the aspiring global player that India views itself as, writes Ambassador Tariq A Karim for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The need of the hour is gradual phasing out of high-yielding variety of seeds whose cultivation demands more water and introduction of drought-resistant crops. This should be the duty of both India and Bangladesh, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The two governments should abide by the October 2008 agreement on naval personnel not firing upon innocent fishermen. They should also work out mechanisms for early return of arrested fishermen and their boats, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Indian states should reach out to a larger number of US states, especially those with a significant diaspora and business interests.  As in the case of the US and China, a state-level dialogue should be strengthened, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is noteworthy that China has refrained from declaring itself a ‘maritime power’ because of certain perceived deficiencies. It behooves India to urgently conceive a national level strategy that will benefit our economy and reinforce maritime security, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Due to the complex issues, irrespective of who holds political power in Manipur, implementation of the Naga Peace Accord may prove to be extremely difficult, writes Lt Gen J.R. Mukherjee (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With the kick-off for what President Mukherjee has termed as the “India-Africa Century”, there is no better time than now for India to expand its footprint particularly in sub-Saharan Africa write Narayani Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 


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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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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.
 
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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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