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Djibouti serves to underline the fact that in a world where the projection of influence carries far greater weight than actual armed conflict, China is telegraphing a clear message of far-reaching power to its neighbour, writes Narayani Basu for South Asia Monitor

 
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No businessman or industrialist from the rest of India is willing to invest a rupee in a state which will not allow him to own property there, writes Brig Anil Gupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

 
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should seriously mull the idea of shaking the Foreign Office out of the lethargy and stupor it has fallen into. Why not have a scholar well-versed in global diplomacy take charge? writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

 
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Clearly, this is a narrative still in the making with high stakes for all, India, UK and Europe. If responses are based only on national security templates, the global economy risks being seriously impacted, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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Both the Kashmir and Doklam crises are putting India's defence preparedness and resolve to severe test, especially in the absence of a full-time Defence Minister. However, it is time we stopped tempting fate and, late though it is, initiated national security reforms with urgency, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

 
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Any overt military action would run the risk that the North Korean regime would interpret the attack as an existential threat and respond with force that could kill millions of people on the Korean Peninsula, writes Joshy M Paul for South Asia Monitor

 
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It is clear that Pakistan will continue its policy of supporting cross border terrorism in the state, and enveloping regional trends suggest that a sharp escalation is possible in future, writes Anurag Tripathi for South Asia Monitor

 
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By invoking the 1890 treaty, China has added a new strategy to the border dispute with India called “lawfare,” writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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An attack on Hindu pilgrims has always faced mass public disapproval in Kashmir. This time, too, no militant outfit has taken responsibility for the attack. Every militant organisation and political outfit has issued statements condemning it, writes Brij Bhardwaj for South Asia Monitor

 
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The actual prospect of Tamil autonomy through constitutional reform is somewhat bedevilled by the inherent dichotomy in the mindset of the majority Sinhala community, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 


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The eight members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) should strengthen cooperation against terrorism and build it into its framework, India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in New York on September 20.
 
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That regional cooperation in South Asia is lower than optimal levels is well accepted. It is usually ascribed to – the asymmetry in size between India and the rest, conflicts and historical political tensions, a trust deficit, limited transport connectivity, and onerous logistics, among many other factors.
 
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Reflections on September evoke a host of memories.
 
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  During the budget session of the legislative assembly, the Chief Minister informed the  House about state’s missing children. According to her, as many as 162 children have gone missing in the past three years.
 
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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
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Finally breaking her silence on the Rohingya exodus, Myanmar’s state counsellor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has said that her government would like to understand the root causes of the refugee crisis and investigate charges of human rights abuses.
 
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The apprehension was justified. US President Donald Trump’s disregard for institutions and fondness for reckless rhetoric meant that his maiden appearance at the annual UN General Assembly was a closely watched affair.
 
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It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
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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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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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