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The collective anguish and dismay expressed by the African missions in India and the students association over the  dastardly attack by a lumpen mob in Noida in late March that targeted African students should serve as a wake-up call for India and encourage Delhi to accept the ugly reality about racism that is deeply, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Will the Indian leadership match the boldness of vision, courage and gumption of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to meet her at least half way, if not more, as would behove the aspiring global player that India views itself as, writes Ambassador Tariq A Karim for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The need of the hour is gradual phasing out of high-yielding variety of seeds whose cultivation demands more water and introduction of drought-resistant crops. This should be the duty of both India and Bangladesh, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The two governments should abide by the October 2008 agreement on naval personnel not firing upon innocent fishermen. They should also work out mechanisms for early return of arrested fishermen and their boats, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Indian states should reach out to a larger number of US states, especially those with a significant diaspora and business interests.  As in the case of the US and China, a state-level dialogue should be strengthened, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is noteworthy that China has refrained from declaring itself a ‘maritime power’ because of certain perceived deficiencies. It behooves India to urgently conceive a national level strategy that will benefit our economy and reinforce maritime security, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Due to the complex issues, irrespective of who holds political power in Manipur, implementation of the Naga Peace Accord may prove to be extremely difficult, writes Lt Gen J.R. Mukherjee (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With the kick-off for what President Mukherjee has termed as the “India-Africa Century”, there is no better time than now for India to expand its footprint particularly in sub-Saharan Africa write Narayani Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India has a great deal to lose by mistreating and beating up Africans who come to study or live in India. The latest attacks on March 27, 2017 on Nigerian and Kenyan students living in Noida, a suburban city bordering New Delhi and part of what is called the National Capital Region, have made breaking news on all TV news channels, writes Kul Bhushan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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To avoid the odium of using excessive force on stone-pelters, the security establishment in Jammu & Kashmir should check out what Israel has produced to deal with stone-throwing, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 


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The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
 
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On a self-imposed trial of three months, the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir has gone for what it believes to be a slam dunk.
 
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That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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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...

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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