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India and Bangladesh, the two South Asian democracies, are also neighbours with the longest common border of over 4,000 km. They are also partners in progress and development and have over the last seven years been able to sketch out an increasingly deepening engagement trajectory, writes Sreeradha Datta for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Trump administration should realise that there is a link between student and H1B visas -- and any curtailment of the latter category is going to bring down the number of students from India going to the United States, now pegged at over 100,000 annually, writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Development has to be the core agenda of governance and the aspirations of the people the guiding principle for planning, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 India must assist Sheikh Hasina so that her position is strengthened in her country and, in turn, Bangladesh would help India in isolating terror-sponsor Pakistan and curbing Islamic terrorism in the region, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In the cancellation of Saudi King Salman's visit, it's too early to say if the Maldivian voters would see it as Islam's 'Eldest Brother's' silent criticism of President Abdulla Yameen's leadership, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 It is high time Nepal's major parties come together to address the concerns of the agitating parties and fostered an environment conducive to amending the Constitution, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India should avoid a prior sanction from PRC or keeping PRC in the loop for all its dealings with Taiwan considering our independent foreign policy and also the fact that PRC too deeply engages with Taiwan, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 India has two biennial air shows but little to show in terms of indigenous aerospace manufacturing capability. If India is to become a global aerospace manufacturing power, privatisation of the aerospace industry is the key, writes Gp Capt A.K. Sachdev (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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NOTA is certainly one step forward in the direction of fulfilling the fundamental commitments the Indian constitution has made to the citizens, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 After an unusual first four weeks of an exceptionally chaotic and often inefficient Trump administration in the US, the world is wondering how it should approach the superpower. The Narendra Modi government in India will have to work out an independent course for itself, writes Reeta Tremblay 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 has said that military dictatorship always halted progress in the country. The Prime Minister, who was in Karachi on a day-long visit, was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the Pakistan International Bulk Terminal at Port Qasim.
 
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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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China has witnessed great historic changes in the past five years from the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to the upcoming 19th CPC National Congress.
 
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In a move lauded worldwide, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud recently issued a royal decree allowing women to obtain driving licences.
 
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Recently, United States President Donald Trump kicked the onus of the US backing out of the Iran nuclear deal to the US Congress. The question is how we interpret this technically, in terms of domestic politics and in terms of geopolitics.
 
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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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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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