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Export of terror and drugs to India is getting direct patronage from successive Pakistani ruling establishments. It is time that all political parties in Punjab discard hyperbole and put their heads together so that the strategically important state is saved from destruction, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Declaring that India will move towards a gas-based economy, the government is trying to encourage the move towards greater usage of gas, especially in the power sector. India has also called on other large Asian LNG importing countries to form a loose alliance to gain more leverage in negotiating demand better terms, writes Shebonti Ray Dadwal for South Asia Monitor

 
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Does Brexit represent a challenge or an opportunity? Brexit was like a global tsunami. Neither Europe nor India had been prepared for Brexit. Brexit therefore, represents a huge challenge, on one hand to the India-EU strategic partnership and, on the other, to its bilateral relationship with the UK, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The current crackdown on terrorists is more a public exercise of hard stance being adopted – besides, it helps target dissidence. It is because of US pressure to take action against radical mullahs like Hafiz Saeed and appears to have bamboozled some US Congressmen who are calling for continued support, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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The Afghan government needs to create a safe environment for the activities of civil activists with specific protective measures to secure them against attacks by terrorists and insurgents, write Bipin Ghimire & Reza Ehsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The true test for Indian diplomacy would be to ascertain how far it is willing to go to recast its terms of engagement with Beijing, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The ties between India and Tajikistan overall have been marked by cooperation, cordiality and closeness. The relations between the two countries thrive on a mutual understanding of the relevance of each other - economically and strategically, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The Indian government needs to plug the loopholes along the India-Myanmar border without further delay to ensure peace and security of the border states, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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There is greater recognition today of Pakistan’s enduring mischief in Afghanistan, and a growing willingness among engaged powers to impose costs on Islamabad for its malfeasance, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Repeatedly thwarted by China from gaining entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India has moved to remind the world about its strong anti-nuclear proliferation credentials and showcase,  writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury  South Asia Monitor.

 


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A Pakistani minister set the proverbial cat amongst India’s foreign policy establishment by announcing that Pakistan was thinking of constitutional changes to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province.
 
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India is well on course to embracing the change brought in by the agent of change -- PM Modi, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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To build a better future for all, the government in Dhaka will have to think about how to ensure inclusive education for all in the country, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.
 
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spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
 
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
 
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Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
 
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Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
 
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spotlight image Arun Jaitley, with his legal and political acumen, is the best bet for Narendra Modi after Manohar Parrikar, who could also understand technological as well as financial demands of the defence ministry.           
 
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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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