Ambassador Abdali argues that Pakistan’s nurture of intolerant and violent religious fundamentalists not only effectuates the destruction of Afghanistan but inevitably blows back at Pakistan itself, equally harming, killing and swallowing up its own citizens’ lives, writes Khan Wali Khan Basharmal for South Asia Monitor.
The book is an in depth study to resurrect maritime diplomacy and redefine its activity using naval apparatus for present era. The book chugs into deep to explain the vital reasons why maritime diplomacy would continue to be used in the upcoming decades, writes Mohammad Rubaiyat Rahman for South Asia Monitor.
Rohit Prasad set out to probe how the government and ordinary people in India's remote areas used IT and communication technology to transform society. But when he saw how the other half lived in abysmal conditions, he realigned his focus. The result?
What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up acquaintanceship with those who might well figure among the victims? Daood Sayeed Gilani alias David Coleman Headley for one.
Ian Morris’ book helps to understand better the productive function of power and the strengths and constrains of a data-driven study of historically embedded arguments. However, his selective treatment of historical occurrences, the narrow definitions he subscribes to when talking about war and peace, and his over-emphasis on empirics to sustain a normative understanding of war chips at the persuasiveness of the arguments kept in the book, writes Rustam Ali Seerat for South Asia Monitor.
In the Indian context, these could entail the prospects that could have ensued if Vallabhbhai Patel had been free India's first prime minister instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, or if Subhas Chandra Bose had stayed in India during World War and led the freedom struggle and/or independent India.
The Lal Masjid stand-off in 2007 after abduction of some Chinese citizens and the bloody clearing-up operation was a watershed for Pakistan, triggering open conflict between Islamist extremists and security forces, a wave of suicide attacks and sending the economy plummeting. But an aspect less considered is the Chinese role in the Pervez Musharraf regime's decision to send in the army.
Written by two IAS officers, ‘The Queen Could Sing’ narrates five different stories in an inimitable style. The delightful verses, fired by a childlike imagination, sparkle with wit, humour and archaic characterizations, instantly connecting with the readers, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor.
Less than half a dozen cities, almost all ports, of the British Empire are enough to give a vivid idea of character, rise and fall over two centuries, says British politician, historian and writer Tristram Hunt.
This story of the creation of an image of royalty is the focus of Zamorins and the Political Culture of Medieval Kerala. Relying on the archival richness of a large collection of unpublished palm leaf manuscripts called Granthavari, documents of the political and royal establishments of the time, this book reconstructs the days of the Zamorin.
An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...
This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...
The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...