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Keeping the Kashmir issue boiling – despite failing to get any active diplomatic support for its cause from anywhere in years – is the very source of the military-Islamic complex's power. Dragging the US or others is but the Islamabad establishment's strategy to try to weaken India's resolve – a ploy New Delhi understands, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor

 
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Rural women have the lowest percentage of educational, health care, security and employment facilities, the primary reason for which is inappropriate development planning, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor

 
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The establishment of the Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Constitution, an independent Human Right Commission, Afghan national action plan, and the elimination of violence against women act are all important mechanisms for mainstreaming gender in Afghanistan, writes Zarifa Sabet for South Asia Monitor

 
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Trump’s “America First” policy, encompassing a major strategic shift in South Asia, spells great for India, which has emerged as a key player over successive administrations, both Republican and Democratic, writes Arun Kumar for South Asia Monitir

 
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The Indo-Pacific  was alluded to many times in the Tillerson speech and the prevailing  trade and economic  inter-dependency that links the three nations (USA, China and India ) together cannot be ignored or jeopardized hastily, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor 

 
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The generation of today, though living in an economically turbulent times, is psychologically more aspirational than their predecessors. Digital revolution has created information societies in which people are connected more than ever, writes Gauri Chauhan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The 2017 report of the Fragile States Index put Pakistan in the list of the first 20 failed countries, which should be worrisome for the country, writes Jai K Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The revival of militancy in Srinagar town is not a good omen. Its implications can be disastrous and adversely affect the security forces’ resolve to minimise militancy by this winter, writes Brig Anil Gupta (retd) for South Asia Monitor

 
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The challenge for India, which has voiced its reservations about OBOR, will be in arriving at an astute determination about Beijing’s intent in either jeopardizing or inhibiting Delhi’s pursuit of its own national interest in the extended IOR. China has been steadily increasing its footprint among the Indian Ocean, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Taken from this negative perspective, the 14th Summit has certainly broken a new ground.  It has put to rest the nagging suspicion that India and the EU were irrevocably moving from "strategic dissonance to strategic divorce", writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 


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spotlight image Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has confirmed his presence for the occasion. In an exclusive interview with INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS, Indonesia’s Ambassador to India, Sidharto R.Suryodipuro, reminded Nilova Roy Chaudhury that the first Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day celebrations, in 1950, w
 
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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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The 15th trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, India and China concluded in New Delhi on Monday with many nuanced takeaways embedded in the joint statement of 46 paragraphs. Reiterating that the forum “is not directed against any other country”, the statement underlined the importance of the establishment o
 
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The first thing that one sees when a flight approaches New Delhi is thick smog that envelopes the city and its lack of greenery.  In almost all other major cities of India lack of greenery is the most obvious sight that one sees when approaching it by air.
 
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Pakistan has agreed to allow the rupee to depreciate after holding talks with the International Mone­tary Fund (IMF) on the country's economy.

 
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Two major global changes in the past year; the ‘Brexit’ referendum and the advent of Donald Trump, writes Sandeep Kaur Bhatia

 
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It is also imperative for India to explore other regions for markets. Its trade deficit with Latin America has been narrowing. Also, its trade with Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala has increased, ...

 
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Over the last 25 years, India's explosive economic growth has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's emerging major powers. Long plagued by endemic poverty, until the 1990s the Indian economy was also hamstrung by a burdensome regulat...

 
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Title: A Ticket to Syria; Author: Shirish Thorat; Publisher: Bloomsbury India: Pages: 254; Price: Rs 399

 
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Gorichen, a majestic peak in the Eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 22,500 feet, is the highest in Arunachal Pradesh. Beautiful to look at and providing a fantastic view from the top, it is extremely tough climb for mountaineers.

 
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It is often conjectured if the reason for long-standing conflicts and insurgencies, in the developing world, especially South Asia, is not only other powers fishing in troubled waters but also the keenness of arms industries, mostly Western, to...

 
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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