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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s visit to India was clearly more than the signing of MOUs worth billions of dollars. Both nations reiterated the importance of the fight against terrorism, showing that this is a smoke screen for a deeper undeclared ‘war’ against China’s strategic encroachment into the Indian Ocean Region, writes Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The coming summer is going to be an acid test of the political acumen of the ruling class, administrative skills of the bureaucracy and professional competence of the security forces, including their synergy, in Jammu & Kashmir, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The battle-lines appear drawn in Af-Pak. Sure Russia says that it needs Pakistan to fight the ISIS but FSB, the Russian intelligence, are no fools. They are very much aware of the ISI-ISIS and the ISI-Al Qaeda connections, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has suggested that India should shift to a policy of "launch on warning". This would ensure that any missile launched against India would be knocked down within Pakistani territory with obvious consequences, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With so much goodwill in Egypt for Indians one often wonders why the two countries are not closer partners at the international level. India is perhaps more talked about in Egypt than Egypt in India and its only now that Indian tour groups have started discovering Egypt and its ancient civilisation, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While at the social level, Pakistanis are keen about developing and nurturing friendly relations with Bengalis, it is the state of Pakistan which remains shy of tackling head-on the issues arising out of the war of 1971. That is where the problem lies, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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During its eight years in power, Sheikh Hasina’s government has done all it can to address India’s security and connectivity concerns, writes Subir Bhaumik for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi on April 8 is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a number of reasons that have a historical resonance as Delhi prepares for the 70th anniversary of  India’s independence and the bloody partition of the sub-continent later in August, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.                                                                                                      

 
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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a four-nation tour of Europe Monday (May 29) where cooperation on counter-terrorism, civil nuclear technology, free trade, defence, science and technology and investment would dominate the bilateral summit agenda.
 
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To recall Jawaharlal Nehru is fundamentally to recall the egalitarian democracy he inaugurated in India, to remember the support he provided to the decolonisation of Asia and Africa through the 1950s and 1960s, recalls Syed Badrul Ahsan
 
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The killing of Sabzar Bhat, a Kashmiri militant, in an encounter with counter-insurgency operatives is bound to aggravate the tumult in the Valley.
 
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Recently, quite a few stories have appeared on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in both local and international publications.
 
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What a week it has been for the Middle East! People of Iran came out in droves to re-elect Rouhani as president for another term.
 
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As the United States (US) President Donald Trump returns home from his first foreign trip the world is presented with two contrasting images from this major foreign policy benchmark.
 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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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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