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India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon revisits the ethos of statecraft as outlined by Indian strategic thinker Kautilya and elucidated its guiding principles and influences on how the modern Indian strategic outlook is projected.

 
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Malala Yousafzai, a brave 14-year-old Pakistani girl, is fighting for her life in a hospital in Rawalpindi where she is on a ventilator after being brutally attacked by the Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Mingora in the Swat valley. Her crime, according to her attackers, was that she was determined to go to school and complete her education in defiance of the Taliban diktat against girls writes C. Uday Bhaskar

 
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On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old student of Mingora in Swat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was shot in the head and neck by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. She remains unconscious and is in critical condition. The Taliban have denied that they are against education, but want Muslim men and women to receive Islamic education and not Western education that they allege is heretical writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

 
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An impromptu visit by Zhou Yongkang, China’s domestic security chief and a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party to Kabul is analysed by Monish Gulati

 
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The return to Pakistan, after a three-year-long self-exile in London, of Baloch National Party president Sardar Akhtar Mengal has set abuzz a lively discussion writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

 
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20 October 1962 is etched in abject humiliation for India. On that day, even as the world was seized with the Cuban missile crisis,   Chinese troops crossed the contested McMahon Line and launched an attack against India writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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The ruling Awami League-led government in Bangladesh came to power with an unprecedented majority. Yet, it cannot be denied that – with the next election scheduled for early 2014 -- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has not delivered on most or many of her promises. One of her prominent promise was the eradication of corruption in which the previous government was steeped. The media and the people are deeply frustrated with a government surrounded by a series of corruption scandals in which the fingerprints of government functionaries close to Sheikh Hasina are clearly seen writes Bhaskar Roy

 
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The long drawn-out, high-visibility, murder-corruption-sex scandal involving one of China’s top political leaders – Bo Xilai – has come to an end with the Chinese communist apex, led by outgoing President Hu Jintao, announcing the expulsion from the party writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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China’s hunt for energy resources has driven it far and wide, into the continents of Africa and Latin America; and its hunt for a place at the negotiating forums of the world polity, without alarming the powers that matter writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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India and Pakistan have completed two rounds of their “resumed dialogue process” that was reviewed recently by External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad writes Shubha Singh

 


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spotlight image Relations between India and Morocco go back a millennium with the first recorded links dating to the 14th century, when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta, travelled to India.
 
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Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
 
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On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
 
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The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
 
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The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
 
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At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
 
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It wasn’t so long ago that the whole world watched as Donald Trump sashayed on to the Riyadh red carpet and stole the show with his tough talk on Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
 
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A vehicular attack to maximise casualties and spread panic is now a well-tested terrorist strategy in European cities.
 
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It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
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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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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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