Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

While dramatic decisions cannot be ruled out, given the fact that Modi especially needs to take back some tangibles from a much-hyped summit as he approaches crucial national elections, there is also the danger of raising undue expectations, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

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India-Pakistan relations: Just too many elephants in the room

Right from the horrors of partition to the creation of Bangladesh as an independent country, there are just too many elephants in the room. The atmosphere of peace between India and Pakistan continues to be critically vitiated and it is difficult to envisage how meaningful negotiations can ever take place, writes Amb. Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.

Stalled before take off: The unsure status of political negotiations in Maldives

Where the Yameen leadership in Maldives continues to be sending out signals that it would go along with all legitimate expectations of the international community on domestic peace and political stability, but subverting the due processes on the domestic front to accommodate global concerns is not what they intend to warm up to, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

Faceoff in Afghanistan: Taliban and ISIS fight it out for control

IS’ entry into Afghanistan is complicating the already complex conflict in the country. Challenging Taliban, and rather violently, for strategic space and prominence, the incendiary rivalry between them could very well derail the elusive peace process, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor

Keeping radicalism at bay: Muslim grievances need to be addressed

While it is reassuring to know that the softer version of Islam practicesd by a majority of Muslims in India can be an effective impediment to the spread of Wahhabism in the country, proactive measures that go beyond necessary security efforts will have to be taken to keep radicalism at bay, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,


IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...