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So why is the BJP-led central government pushing for a nation-wide ban? In one word: politics, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor

 
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While the opposition parties have been accusing Modi on several counts, it is more than evident that, by and large, people’s confidence in Modi’s government remains high, writes N.S.Venkataraman

 
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Overall, foreign policy under the Modi government is more of continuity from the previous regime than any major new ventures, writes Martand Jha for South Asia Monitor

 
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What has given a fresh impetus to this is the Indian government’s diplomatic push for connectivity and energy outreach which is likely to reshape the region’s economic profile, write Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor

 
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EU needs to understand that while India may need to be more circumspect in its strategic choices and be more sensitive to changing external conditions, India has no other option but to doggedly preserve its strategic independence for the tumultuous years ahead, writes Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The new rules clearly aim at regulating the market. While sale of cattle for slaughter has been banned in the animal market, the sale from the farmhouse has not been banned, writes N.S.Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 
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There is no clear explanation regarding referendum in the BNP's Vision 2030, but it appears to have been introduced with an ill motive, writes Swadesh Roy for South Asia Monitor

 
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But since the signing of the nuclear agreement, Iran has been steadily consolidating its sphere of influence. The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is too important for Iran and it will leave no stone unturned to gain a strategic space there, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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Incidents of ethnic clashes between different communities in Assam in the past point to the state of conflict and dissension on issues of geographical, cultural and emotional space amongst these communities/tribes, writes Kula Saikia for South Asia Monitor

 
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In this game of smoke and mirrors, one can only hope and pray that a back channel mediated compromise can be worked out, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 


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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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