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Instead of splitting hairs over fine details of the Line of Actual Control or blocked UN sanctions against Pakistan-sponsored terrorists, India, in its discussions with the leadership in Beijing, should focus on understanding the large-scale military reforms underway in China  
Marking the beginning of the infamous ‘spring offensive’ of the Afghan Taliban, which in its 2016 edition has been termed as 'Operation Omari', a massive vehicle-borne IED explosion ripped through the heart of Kabul yesterday, followed by stray gun fires, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.   

US-India defence ties have taken another small step towards consolidation with the visit of US secretary of defence Ashton Carter to India this week. The two countries finally managed to agree “in principle” on a logistics agreement, and it could now be finalized in weeks. It is expected to help the two militaries coordinate better, including in exercises, and also allow the US to more easily sell fuel or provide spare parts to the Indians.

The situation as it stands is far from being clear. However, the observations made by the High Commissioner cannot be taken lightly but, in the absence of an official word from the government of Pakistan, the fate of the on-and-off peace talks remain clouded and uncertain - just like everything else concerning ties between the two perennial political rivals, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor. 
The Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project has suffered for long years. Although Pakistan claims that everything is going well on this front and often chides India for delaying and not cooperating on the project, there is a hint that everything is not healthy and fine between Pakistan and Iran, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor. 

Set within the larger geo-political context of South Asia, terrorism and violent manifestation of extremism have increased in intensity and occurrence, more so as attempts are being made to clamp down on elements of instability that are spread across the region. Challenges are being mounted on governments across South Asia through discriminate and indiscriminate attacks on the civilian population of the region, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Islamabad today (March 25) on a two-day state visit. The visit is seen as a step towards improving relations and strengthening economic links after the lifting of sanctions on Iran following its nuclear deal with the West, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.


The attack on Brussels puts the spotlight on radicalization of second and third generation immigrants in Europe, issues surrounding their integration within the local communities and the short time span of their radicalization from a disenchanted citizen to a jihadist. Its fine handling, on the other hand, has a lot to offer to India in terms of how the country ought to prepare itself to deal with such grave and frightening occurrences, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.


Having dithered for long from entertaining the idea of SAARC on the grounds of an apprehension that it may be used to fetter the Indian growth by tying it up to regional group dynamics that were not disposed in its favour to a great extent, India under its current leadership has however, made neighbourhood its first priority, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor. 


Russia’s intervention in Syria has been a means to reassert Moscow’s role as a power with a say in global affairs and that, most detractors of the Putin government would grudgingly concede, has been achieved. While Russia may have emerged on the scene as a potential peace-maker, but Syria is yet to be done and dusted with for it and the whole world, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.


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spotlight image Vitaly A. Prima, Ambassador of Belarus to India for close to five years, is very enthusiastic about the future of bilateral relations as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. Resident in New Delhi, Prima is also his country’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
The army’s commendation of Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi, the officer who tied Farooq Ahmed Dar, a Kashmiri artisan, to an army jeep’s bonnet and paraded him, apparently using him as a human shield for his troops against stone-pelters, is a troubling move.
Ignorance may not always be bliss. India has decided to ignore China's One Belt One Road initiative, which was launched recently in Beijing in the presence of the president of Delhi's 'all-weather friend' - Russia - as well as representatives from the United States of America, Europe and even Japan, a nation known for i
What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
It’s going to be a tough couple of weeks for Britain’s Theresa May. With general elections scheduled for the beginning of next month — it seems that ISIS has left its comment on the British parliamentary system that insists on returning to power those who maintain a militarised foreign policy.

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,...


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


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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...


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

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