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The Chinese are capable of springing surprises. They have done it in Southeast Asia where the Philippines recently changed side and joined China despite its aggressive posture in the South China Sea, writes Anand Kumar for South Asia Monitor

 
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'Surgical strikes' are the right measures for the emergent situation. But for healthy and sustainable development and for 'sabka saath sabka vikas', we also need to strike a balance of fire-fighting disaster management and long-term surge of preventive measures on a war footing, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor
 
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The next two days are likely to indicate how Modi and Abe  prioritise and negotiate their security and geopolitical imperatives while charting a course towards a stronger economic and developmental cooperation writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor

 
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Yameen seems to be counting on the continued divisions and consequent confusion in the opposition ranks to see him through a full term in office.  If it happens, he would be the first President since the advent of democracy in 2008 in Maldives to do so, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Instead of meekly following the US, India needs to assert itself as a responsible and muscular power, capable to protect its security and self-defined national interests, and also interact in the world with full confidence, having unflinching commitment for its self-propounded doctrine of non-alignment, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor

 
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Bangladesh still has the world’s third largest Hindu population with about 12 million Hindus. They are living without protection from radical groups and others who can assault and abuse them with impunity because almost everyone turns a blind eye to their victimisation, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor

 
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The killing of Shias is a manifestation of the existence of an embedded militant troika where three crucial players -- religious heads, militant operators and the State -- work in tandem in massacring the community, writes By Dr. Anurag Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is in China's interest to carefully choose between support for free trade or cross-border terror in the region. For the time being, its actions suggest that Beijing is interested in both, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor.   
 
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May’s India visit is being seen as its first major test of its ability to carry through its policy objectives of building stronger partnerships with non-EU countries while at the same time introducing a tougher immigration regime  writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor

 
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That things could have gone from that bonhomie to this in the space of just a few months is indicative of the Pakistan-India equation itself. The distinction between the state and the people, between terrorists and the people, between jingoistic right-wing groups and the people must be made, writes Minu Jain for South Asia Monitor.

 


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Addressing entrepreneurs, policymakers, technologists, and academics December 7 at the Carnegie India Global Technology Summit in Bengaluru, India's Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar underscored the need to harness the power of technological change for faster economic development.
 
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The strangest of the several barbs hurled hurdled at Pakistan during and after the recently concluded Heart of Asia conference at Amritsar, India,  was that Pakistan is trying to change perception about the Taliban writes Monish Gulati  
 
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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.
 
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This has been a mind-boggling year for Europe. First Britain’s shock European Union referendum result and the ensuing backlash against immigrants seemed to signal the rise of the right in Europe. The certainty that the right was on a steady march to power seemed confirmed by the U.S. election result and was seized upon by right-w
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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China on Monday said that it was opposed to any breach of the Iran nuclear deal, opening up another possible avenue of friction with the United States once President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House.  
 
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It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever since well-known military theorist, Carl Von Clausewitz, first articulated the aphorism in the late 18th century that “war is a continuation of politics by other means”.  
 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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