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PM Modi is bound to succeed in his efforts as the cause is genuine and people want his efforts to eliminate black money and corruption to succeed. His strength of character and determination will take him through,  writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 
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With China using her historical stratagem of ‘kill with borrowed knife’, is this Beijing sending a message to the incoming Trump administration in the US, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While India has neither the capacity nor the political intent to reach out to its neighbours with investments and projects, China is deeply involved in the economies of all of South Asia and beyond. And with the operationalisation of  Gwadar port, the Dragon has finally arrived in the Indian Ocean, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's re-entry is sure to rattle India. It is known that he has extracted a promise from the Afghan government that the latter would get his name dropped from the US list of terrorists and that 20,000 of his supporters living in exile in Pakistan would be rehabilitated in Afghanistan at government expense, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Two significant developments have taken place over the last week in the nuclear domain that will have a long-term bearing on India’s overall  nuclear profile over the next decade and it will be instructive to see how these issues will be mediated in the current Indian political cauldron, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 

 
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In the recent past, there were several unprovoked attacks on Hindus, secular bloggers, atheists, writers and publishers as well as on foreigners by Islamic extremists. Muslim fanatics kidnap and rape unmarried Hindu girls and then convert them to Muslim religion, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Trump’s approach to India has been contradictory with much doublespeak. After he used a false Indian accent to mock Indian call-centre workers, he sought to wriggle out of it by clarifying that India was a great place and his anger was not against India but against outsourcing, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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India has a lot to gain from the Trump presidency. Trump wants to woo skilled Indians, Indian entrepreneurs and students to the US. His hard stance against China and terrorism and India’s fast growing economy would ensure heralding of a new India-US era, writes Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In the context of enhancing economic ties and tourism, India’s state governments are an important stakeholder. Indian state governments should reach out to Sri Lankan investors and encourage them to invest in India, writes.Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Chinese are capable of springing surprises. They have done it in Southeast Asia where the Philippines recently changed side and joined China despite its aggressive posture in the South China Sea, writes Anand Kumar for South Asia Monitor

 


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In direct and indirect attacks on Pakistan for its purported role in providing sanctuary to terrorists and their dreaded networks, the Heart of Asia conference concluded in India with a resounding demand for 'strong actions' against terrorism.
 
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Now Pakistan wants an open war with India to which India must respond with full might so that New Delhi may convincingly defeat Islamabad and the coming decades may usher in peace and prosperity for both the neighbours, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi .
 
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Of all the nominations that the US president-elect Donald Trump has announced for his potential cabinet, none has received as broad acclaim—nationally and globally —as his decision to appoint Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Sikh immigrants, to the cabinet-rank position of US amba
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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The traditional ties between India and the United Arab Emirates have,  over the decades grown, riding on the strength of trade and investments. The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the 2017 Republic Day
 
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India had not sought the 1971 War. It was a conflict that was imposed on India by Pakistan and its bumbling generals. In the end, it became — and, remains — the perfect example of  statecraft, with a national leadership displaying the requisite  competence and self-assurance, optimally mobilising the nation’
 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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....

 
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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...

 
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