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With a robust domestic IT market, a huge potential upside fanned by digital India initiatives, there are silver linings aplenty for India's cloudy IT industry to build on its IT services growth opportunities abroad once again provided it is able to chart the future of technology and prepare itself with offerings that will serve the needs of the global customers, writes Sanjiv Kataria for South Asia Monitor

 
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India needs to brainstorm its future foreign policy direction.  Should we formally break with non-alignment?  Should we become a Dialogue Partner of NATO?  Should we re-balance our relations with USA and Russia?  As for the European Union, do we share a common strategic vision?, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

 
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A review of VNRs of Bangladesh, Nepal and India indicates that there is significant progress being made in achieving SDGs. However, inadequacy of finances appears to be a limiting factor, writes Lenin Babu for South Asia Monitor

 
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China’s increasingly assertive foreign policy under Xi - epitomized by its huge military build-up, border spats with India and territorial expansion in the East and South China Sea - is creating uncertainty and pushing other Asian states to bolster their own military spending and look for allies, writes Sujit Dutta for South Asia Monitor

 
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The calm displayed by the Indian leadership unnerved the Chinese who, in their effort to bully India, threatened war, interference in Kashmir and promoting insurgencies, but the Indians remained steadfast on a resolution through dialogue, writes Brig (retd) Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

 
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Surely, in India, there is a case for subsidising female genital health.  The economic raison d'etre for taxing 'non-essentials' is that consumers have a choice, writes Rakesh Ahuja for South Asia Monitor

 
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The spectacle of publicly denigrating the Chief Justice of Bangladesh is not merely depressing, it also undermines the institutions which need to be strengthened for pluralistic politics to take root in the country, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Indian government has put in place important policy measures and institutional frameworks to facilitate enhanced bilateral trade and commercial ties with countries of the region. The Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 has identified Latin America as a Focus Market, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor

 
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Though the Rohingya issue is an internal matter of Myanmar and has serious regional security implications, it needs to be looked at from the humanitarian perspective as well by India, writes Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor

 
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The cynical  conclusion in the polity is that the Indian political establishment  is not a committed stakeholder in national security. Interest is episodic  and more often than not, national security issues become toxic political footballs. The Bofors corruption scandal is case in point, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 


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spotlight image Relations between India and Peru  are united by El Niño and the monsoon yet separated by vast distances across oceans.  Jorge Castaneda, Ambassador of Peru to India, talks to INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS exclusively about what is bringing the two geographically-apart countries closer.
 
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Indian judge Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the International Court of Justice on Monday as the UN General Assembly rallied behind him in a show of force that made Britain  bow to the majority and withdraw its candidate.
 
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Those with a resolve make a big difference to the society. They inspire others to make the best out of a bad situation, steer out of morass with fortitude. Insha Mushtaq, the teenage girl who was pelleted to complete blindness during 2016 emerged as a classic example of courage.
 
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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Sunday said India and China have "great potential" and they could work together at a "practical level".
 
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This week a major United Nations gathering on climate change gets underway in Bonn, Germany.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to build India's global appeal for investors seem to have finally yielded returns in terms of the country's performance in the World Bank&rsquo...

 
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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

 
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Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
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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.