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In the current context of the threat posited by the Chinese leadership through its several mouthpieces to increase involvement in the jihadi Islamist assault on the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Beijing has allowed its mask to slip, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Legislation is an important step towards ending violence against women in Bangladesh. But in order for significant change to occur, societal mindset must transform in order to end the stigma and victim-blaming that women face when they report violence carried out against them, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The continuation of communal tension and radicalisation of Rohingya refugees has the potential to spiral into grave security complexities for India, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor

 
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The growing suicide attacks by Bangladeshi jihadists pose serious threat to the region's peace, security and stability. The unabated cross-border movement of Bangladeshi terrorists has been a major security concern for India, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Both India and Bangladesh are suffering because of increasing Islamic radicalisation and Sheikh Hasina was extremely helpful towards India in curbing this danger. Her government also eradicated ISI network which was infiltrating terrorists, fake Indian currency notes and drugs through the porous Bangladesh border into India, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It would be a while before one could comment on the gains made by the charismatic Malcolm Turnbull in dollar terms, the images of a barefoot Australian Prime Minister bowing to the Indian divinities at Delhi’s trans-Yamuna Akshardham temple would linger in people’s memory for a long time to come, writes Rekha Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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If we as society and government fail to ensure social equality, freedom and security of life for women, the sacrifices made by women in the 1971 Liberation War would be deemed to have failed, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The trust and confidence between the political leadership of the two nations have increased manifold ever since Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009 and her momentous visit is expected to take the bilateral ties to a new height, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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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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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!" US President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s arrival for a three-day official visit. 
 
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“Prime Minister Modi and President Trump found some common ground on international security and economic growth.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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On Shab-i-Qadr, Deputy Superintendent of Police Mohammad Ayub Pandith was deputed for access control duty at Jamia Masjid – the Grand Mosque in the heart of downtown Srinagar and a stronghold of separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Faro.
 
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The Afghan problem needs a political solution in which regional powers need to play a role. Regional, meaning not the US, and powers, meaning China, not a second level petty aggressor like India.
 
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While it is critical how Mohammed bin Salman — the new Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler as his father Salman has been slowed by age and reported illness — will handle the desert kingdom’s internal issues, the international community will be keeping a keen eye on how he handles Riyadh’s external relations.
 
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The Iraqi city of Mosul this week celebrates its first Eid free of the oppressive rule of the self-styled Islamic State (IS) in three years.
 
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President Donald J. Trump hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at the White House on June 26 for an official visit to Washington, D.C.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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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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