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 The fishermen issue has to be tackled by the Indian and Sri Lankan governments with great care and speed as such sensitive issues are not in the interests of India and Sri Lanka, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India should support not only Mongolia -- rather it should support the Dalai Lama and the Tibet issue as well in the backdrop of its own Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh policy, writes Dr Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The actual reason that we in India are unable to procure critically needed weapons, equipment and ammunition are larger strategic questions for which the country has yet not found satisfactory answers, writes Lt Gen Philip Campose (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Export of terror and drugs to India is getting direct patronage from successive Pakistani ruling establishments. It is time that all political parties in Punjab discard hyperbole and put their heads together so that the strategically important state is saved from destruction, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Declaring that India will move towards a gas-based economy, the government is trying to encourage the move towards greater usage of gas, especially in the power sector. India has also called on other large Asian LNG importing countries to form a loose alliance to gain more leverage in negotiating demand better terms, writes Shebonti Ray Dadwal for South Asia Monitor

 
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Does Brexit represent a challenge or an opportunity? Brexit was like a global tsunami. Neither Europe nor India had been prepared for Brexit. Brexit therefore, represents a huge challenge, on one hand to the India-EU strategic partnership and, on the other, to its bilateral relationship with the UK, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The current crackdown on terrorists is more a public exercise of hard stance being adopted – besides, it helps target dissidence. It is because of US pressure to take action against radical mullahs like Hafiz Saeed and appears to have bamboozled some US Congressmen who are calling for continued support, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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The Afghan government needs to create a safe environment for the activities of civil activists with specific protective measures to secure them against attacks by terrorists and insurgents, write Bipin Ghimire & Reza Ehsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The true test for Indian diplomacy would be to ascertain how far it is willing to go to recast its terms of engagement with Beijing, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The ties between India and Tajikistan overall have been marked by cooperation, cordiality and closeness. The relations between the two countries thrive on a mutual understanding of the relevance of each other - economically and strategically, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 


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Thirteen year old Bhuma (name changed) spends his day at home. He does not go to school, or play with children in his neighborhood to avoid being laughed at.
 
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While the South Asian region has its fair share of reasons to be quarrel over, if there is one thing that has managed to transcend boundaries, it has been the soft power of India. As a melting pot of diversity in itself, its cultures, languages, ethnicities and the like are in a symbiotic relation with those across the border. As a res
 
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  The first round of voting for France’s presidential election concluded earlier today. As results have shown, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in the second and final round of the election on May 7.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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US President Donald Trump met with 15 UN Security Council ambassadors at the White House on Monday, delivering his concerns about the status quo in North Korea. He urged the Security Council to be ready to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.
 
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spotlight image Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
 
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spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
 
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Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...
 
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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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Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

 
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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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