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One clear message that Aung San Suu Kyi has conveyed to India during her current visit is that she was “saddened” by democratic India having turned away from its earlier support to her and the forces of democracy in “Burma”, to arriving at a close relationship with the ruling junta in her country writes Amb. Preet Malik

 
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In 2014, U.S. and NATO troops will withdraw from Afghanistan. Led by President Hamid Karzai - who just concluded a visit to India - the country is preparing for life after 2014 when it will have to ensure progress, stability and peace. The challenge cannot be anything but daunting with the givens on two crucial fronts: development activity and the threat of an insurgency supported from across Afghan borders writes Rashmi Saksena

 
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Six Tibetans committed self-immolations this week, bringing the total since 2009 to 69 of which 56 have been terminal, according to information maintained by the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) in McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh. The fact that 55 self-immolations have taken place since January this year alone begins to paint a macabre picture of mounting despair and anger in many parts of Tibet writes Mayank Chhaya

 
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Two major national elections – that in the USA  and China - have been  the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks and their outcome  have a very abiding relevance for India and the region. For India, both the US and China remain critical interlocutors and as per macro economic projections, these three countries will form a  distinctive strategic triangle of  the largest single state economies by about 2030– which is the equivalent of the near future writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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No other individual has dominated the Indian political space more than Arvind Kejriwal in recent weeks. The reason is that he has done the unthinkable: levelled corruption charges against the family of Sonia Gandhi, the most powerful woman in India, and Nitin Gadkari, the Bharatiya Janata Party president writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

 
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 Exactly a week before the momentous top leadership change in China on November 8, wherein President Hu Jintao is expected to ceremonially pass the mantle to his successor Xi Jinping, I had occasion to be in Beijing, and the contrast with another major leadership change -- in distant U.S. (on November 6) -- was striking writes C Uday Bhaskar

 
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On October 27, 2012, the New York-based Human Rights Watch made available satellite images which showed “near total destruction” of areas populated by Rohingya Muslims in Kyaukpyu Township, an area in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. It is an area where fresh battles between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine’s Buddhists erupted on October 21 writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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Defence Ministers from NATO and ISAF-partner nations, after a two-day meeting in Brussels on the Oct. 9-10, 2012, approved the first stage of planning for the NATO-led training, advisory and assistance mission in Afghanistan post-2014. The approved broad framework will be sent to the defence planners to work out the nuts and bolts of the mission “well before the end of 2013” writes Monish Gulati

 
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The release of Burma's iconic leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in November 2010 and the subsequent by-elections in April this year open up the process for a democratic transition in Burma. It resonate hope and reinstates believe in non-violent democratic struggle across the world.

 
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In less than three weeks, on November 8,  China will embark upon its once in a decade  top leadership change and the  Hu Jinato–Wen Jiabao combine will step down from the their respective positions as President and Prime Minister respectively. The orientation of the top Chinese politburo leadership has always had a bearing on how Beijing deals with its external interlocutors – be it the USA, Japan or India.

 


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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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  Nearly 58 per cent of the about 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children who suffer from severe malnutrition, a UN report released said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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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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According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's GDP expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent above that of the corresponding period of last year.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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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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