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The United Nations arbitration tribunal’s decision on the Italian marines case, announced on May 3, seeks to placate both India and Italy over a tragic incident that led to the death of two Indian fishermen off Kochi in February 2012.

 

 

 

India sees this visit as a marker of a new beginning whose goal is to establish a much stronger relationship with Papua New Guinea, which is the largest in geographical area as well as population, among Pacific island countries. This visit is part of India's growing engagement with Pacific island countries. It is seen as a progression of the two the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (?FIPIC?) summits held in Fiji and India in 2014 and 2015 respectively, writes Aniket Bhavthankar for South Asia Monitor

 

F there is an election, can politics of religion be far behind? Especially where Muslims constitute 34.2 per cent of the population and they are in a majority in nine of the state's 34 districts?

 
 

Meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process on Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary of India, S. Jaishankar met his counterpart from Pakistan, Aizaz Chaudhry in New Delhi on April 26, 2016. Lasting for a good 90 minutes, this conversation that followed on the heels of a surprising declaration of 'suspension' of the peace talks by the Pakistani High Commisioner to India, Abdul Basit was however, reduced to an 'unofficial courtesy call', diluting the fanfare that was attached to it, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 

Kashmir has been variously described as enchanting, breath-taking, paradise on earth; at its glorious best if the sun is out in April. The grass is green, the fruit blossoms are out; tulips, daffodils and narcissi are in full bloom.

 

Since the Panama Papers, an avalanche of comments, reports and statements has expressed righteous indignation, outraged innocence and demands for proof, inquiry, and investigation and demands that the immediate focus should concentrate on the prime minister and his family, etc.

 

The Panama Papers revelations have sent shock waves around the world and while there seems to be no political risk to anyone in India, in neighbouring Pakistan, political parties and judges alike are getting the heebie-jeebies.

 
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.

 


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 India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed on Monday how their two countries can jointly fight terrorism and promote security in the Indo-Pacific region.
 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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