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In South Asia, Bangladesh is third largest Muslim populated country. Of its total population one hundred sixteen million, one hundred fifteen million is Muslim.

 

The Border Security Force (BSF) played a critical but little-known role in the 1971 war for the liberation of Bangladesh acting as the link between civil and military authorities and keeping them 'clued-in' regarding the overall situation, writes former IG BSF Anil Kamboj for South Asia Monitor.

 

Let us take a moment on this day to remember Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon’s heroism. It remains our responsibility, to continue building an India, and Indian institutions, that are worthy of his sacrifice, and those of others, writes K.S. Nair for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It's now two-and-a-half minutes to "midnight," according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which warned Thursday that the end of humanity may be nigh.

 
The 2017 Assembly polls will be a referendum on the Modi policy moves of which demonetisation is right on top,writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor.
 

The Indo-US strategic partnership has been a source of constant tension in Pak-US ties in recent years. The US has pursued ‘de-hyphenation’ ie dealing with Islamabad and New Delhi relatively independently of each other.

The Indo-US strategic partnership has been a source of constant tension in Pak-US ties in recent years. The US has pursued ‘de-hyphenation’ ie dealing with Islamabad and New Delhi relatively independently of each other.

 
A bunch of years ago, the problem was a declining state. Across swathes of social, economic and security interventions, the state was in retreat.  
 

The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court barring politicians from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or creed just ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab is a welcome step in the right direction.

The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court barring politicians from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or creed just ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab is a welcome step in the right direction.

 

Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh

Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh

 

Any diplomatic moves to end the Kashmir conflict will certainly invite a response from Pakistan’s military-jihadi complex which more likely than not will undermine the peace process, writes Nishant Rajeev for South Asia Monitor.

 


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