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The nation budget was presented  by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1  and  the allocation for defence offers some instructive insights about how India  plans to nurture its military - that is the three armed forces: the army, navy and air force, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Opposition to the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, setting up of Sainik colonies for veterans and issuance of domicile certificate to West Pakistani refugees as attempts to change the demography is not only perplexing but smells of communalism, writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is high time India rethinks its foreign policy towards Taiwan and further consolidates this relationship to crystallise its ‘Act East Policy’, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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By its failure to deliver on the LCA (Navy), the DRDO has let down its most steadfast supporter amongst the armed forces -- the navy. While one would be justified in blaming the scientists and bureaucrats responsible for defence research and production, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The Chinese government must understand that mass movements cannot be suppressed by force. Excessive force would generate more resentment and in future it may be joined by other Muslim extremists, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While CPEC could enormously benefit the Pak economy, expectations need to be tempered with realism, especially where financial issues are concerned. Anecdotal evidence suggests that at least some Pakistanis are beginning to realise this, writes Tilak Devasher for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In particular, China is pushing for African countries to board the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) bandwagon. The OBOR initiative was first proposed by China in 2013, with the aim of constructing a trade and infrastructure network, connecting Asia with Europe and Africa, in the footsteps of the ancient Silk Road trade routes, writes Narayani Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The Indian concerns are addressed not to China but to Maldives and in the context of the GMR-linked sovereignty and security issues that were flagged in the past but not considered just now, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.    
 
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The visit to India of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a welcome change for ensuring growth and welfare of the peoples of both the countries as they lie at the heart of India-UAE relations, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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There are various Hindu communities settled in the Jammu region of J&K who have endured neglect and contempt of the state. Let the present legislature take the initiative and write a new chapter in the history of Jammu & Kashmir, writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

 


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India's successful launch of putting a record 104 satellites into orbit is a wake-up call for China's commercial space industry which has a lot to learn from New Delhi's frugal space programme, a Chinese government mouthpiece that publishes in English said in one of its rare editorials in which it commended an Indian action
 
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The Islamic State (IS)  and its ideological affiliates  in Pakistan have claimed responsibility for this attack and threatened that this is only the beginning of such an anti-Sufi /Shia  campaign to exterminate the apostate – or ‘non-believer’ writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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spotlight image India has vital interests in the Middle East and going by the spurt in political engagements since May 2014, the region is a top priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor
 
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The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly hurt the holistic development of the entire State. The recent violence that took place in Nagaland against the 33 per cent reservation given to women is not only sad, but it would certainly
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by Dr.Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President and Chief Executive, Centre for Policy Research on Asia: Hope for the Future or Prisoner of the Past?    ...
 
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spotlight image Earlier this week, just after United States President Donald Trump’s top adviser on national security resigned in controversy, a European intelligence official asked a reporter the question on everyone’s mind: “I was hoping you could tell me what’s going on over there [in the US].”
 
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It is high time that Taiwan differentiated its position from Beijing’s claim on South China Sea, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.
 
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At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State At the moment, Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari is able to stop the violence by pushing the Islamists to the vast Sambisa forests of the Borno State
 
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Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines. Sometime in later half of last year when Indo-Pak tensions peaked, military operation heads in J&K received unusual calls on their landlines.
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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