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The trust and confidence between the political leadership of the two nations have increased manifold ever since Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009 and her momentous visit is expected to take the bilateral ties to a new height, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s visit to India was clearly more than the signing of MOUs worth billions of dollars. Both nations reiterated the importance of the fight against terrorism, showing that this is a smoke screen for a deeper undeclared ‘war’ against China’s strategic encroachment into the Indian Ocean Region, writes Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The coming summer is going to be an acid test of the political acumen of the ruling class, administrative skills of the bureaucracy and professional competence of the security forces, including their synergy, in Jammu & Kashmir, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The battle-lines appear drawn in Af-Pak. Sure Russia says that it needs Pakistan to fight the ISIS but FSB, the Russian intelligence, are no fools. They are very much aware of the ISI-ISIS and the ISI-Al Qaeda connections, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has suggested that India should shift to a policy of "launch on warning". This would ensure that any missile launched against India would be knocked down within Pakistani territory with obvious consequences, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With so much goodwill in Egypt for Indians one often wonders why the two countries are not closer partners at the international level. India is perhaps more talked about in Egypt than Egypt in India and its only now that Indian tour groups have started discovering Egypt and its ancient civilisation, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While at the social level, Pakistanis are keen about developing and nurturing friendly relations with Bengalis, it is the state of Pakistan which remains shy of tackling head-on the issues arising out of the war of 1971. That is where the problem lies, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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During its eight years in power, Sheikh Hasina’s government has done all it can to address India’s security and connectivity concerns, writes Subir Bhaumik for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi on April 8 is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a number of reasons that have a historical resonance as Delhi prepares for the 70th anniversary of  India’s independence and the bloody partition of the sub-continent later in August, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.                                                                                                      

 
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The collective anguish and dismay expressed by the African missions in India and the students association over the  dastardly attack by a lumpen mob in Noida in late March that targeted African students should serve as a wake-up call for India and encourage Delhi to accept the ugly reality about racism that is deeply, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 


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Thirteen year old Bhuma (name changed) spends his day at home. He does not go to school, or play with children in his neighborhood to avoid being laughed at.
 
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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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spotlight image Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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