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The calm displayed by the Indian leadership unnerved the Chinese who, in their effort to bully India, threatened war, interference in Kashmir and promoting insurgencies, but the Indians remained steadfast on a resolution through dialogue, writes Brig (retd) Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

 
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Surely, in India, there is a case for subsidising female genital health.  The economic raison d'etre for taxing 'non-essentials' is that consumers have a choice, writes Rakesh Ahuja for South Asia Monitor

 
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The spectacle of publicly denigrating the Chief Justice of Bangladesh is not merely depressing, it also undermines the institutions which need to be strengthened for pluralistic politics to take root in the country, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Indian government has put in place important policy measures and institutional frameworks to facilitate enhanced bilateral trade and commercial ties with countries of the region. The Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 has identified Latin America as a Focus Market, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor

 
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Though the Rohingya issue is an internal matter of Myanmar and has serious regional security implications, it needs to be looked at from the humanitarian perspective as well by India, writes Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor

 
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The cynical  conclusion in the polity is that the Indian political establishment  is not a committed stakeholder in national security. Interest is episodic  and more often than not, national security issues become toxic political footballs. The Bofors corruption scandal is case in point, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Having disengaged from Doklam plateau, China and India should now engage to avail of the huge opportunity related to sustainable development for their people and address the threat of climate change, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor

 
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Avoiding knee-jerk responses, India should undertake long-term measures to ensure that its armed forces are always equipped and ready to fight a 30-day "intense war", writes By Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Indian Parliament has witnessed uproar on different occasions over the repeated detention of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters but, till now, no serious effort has been made to sort out the issue. The Sri Lankan proposal of licensed fishing is yet to be properly acted upon, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The provision of the Article (35A), thus, has been used selectively, arbitrarily and discriminatorily by Kashmiri politicians. Like the 'triple talas'  this also does not have any legal or moral sanctity, writes Brig (retd) Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

 


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spotlight image Since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office again in Bangladesh in 2009, bilateral relations between New Delhi and Dhaka have been on a steady upward trajectory.
 
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  Nearly 58 per cent of the about 600,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are children who suffer from severe malnutrition, a UN report released said.
 
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A unique and passionate gathering of acrophiles, or mountain lovers, took place in neat and picturesque Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram state in north-eastern India in September.
 
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India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.
 
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With over 100 incidents of braid chopping reported in different parts of Kashmir, there is widespread fear and anger among the people.
 
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According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China's GDP expanded 6.9 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2017, an increase of 0.2 percent above that of the corresponding period of last year.
 
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As political roller coasters go, there is none as steep and unpredictable as the one shared by the United States and Iran.
 
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In West Asia, the end of one war paves the way for the next. Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the self-styled Islamic State (IS), has fallen to a coalition of rebels, the Syrian Democratic Forces that is backed by the United States.
 
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On “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”
 
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Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
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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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