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In the recent past, there were several unprovoked attacks on Hindus, secular bloggers, atheists, writers and publishers as well as on foreigners by Islamic extremists. Muslim fanatics kidnap and rape unmarried Hindu girls and then convert them to Muslim religion, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Trump’s approach to India has been contradictory with much doublespeak. After he used a false Indian accent to mock Indian call-centre workers, he sought to wriggle out of it by clarifying that India was a great place and his anger was not against India but against outsourcing, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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India has a lot to gain from the Trump presidency. Trump wants to woo skilled Indians, Indian entrepreneurs and students to the US. His hard stance against China and terrorism and India’s fast growing economy would ensure heralding of a new India-US era, writes Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In the context of enhancing economic ties and tourism, India’s state governments are an important stakeholder. Indian state governments should reach out to Sri Lankan investors and encourage them to invest in India, writes.Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Chinese are capable of springing surprises. They have done it in Southeast Asia where the Philippines recently changed side and joined China despite its aggressive posture in the South China Sea, writes Anand Kumar for South Asia Monitor

 
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'Surgical strikes' are the right measures for the emergent situation. But for healthy and sustainable development and for 'sabka saath sabka vikas', we also need to strike a balance of fire-fighting disaster management and long-term surge of preventive measures on a war footing, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor
 
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The next two days are likely to indicate how Modi and Abe  prioritise and negotiate their security and geopolitical imperatives while charting a course towards a stronger economic and developmental cooperation writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor

 
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Yameen seems to be counting on the continued divisions and consequent confusion in the opposition ranks to see him through a full term in office.  If it happens, he would be the first President since the advent of democracy in 2008 in Maldives to do so, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Instead of meekly following the US, India needs to assert itself as a responsible and muscular power, capable to protect its security and self-defined national interests, and also interact in the world with full confidence, having unflinching commitment for its self-propounded doctrine of non-alignment, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor

 
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Bangladesh still has the world’s third largest Hindu population with about 12 million Hindus. They are living without protection from radical groups and others who can assault and abuse them with impunity because almost everyone turns a blind eye to their victimisation, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor

 


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spotlight image China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the $ 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move likely to raise alarm in India.  
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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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
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image The prime minister is wrong if she thinks a poorer Britain is the price people want to pay for limiting free movement
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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spotlight image A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. While these are disciplinary breaches, they are a good reason to initiate a detailed study into the internal health of our security estab
 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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