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The bottom line is that while the majority understand and appreciate the moves and implementation, it is the small segment comprising of some parts of the media and others with access to the media who try to project otherwise, writes The Owl.

 
 

It is said that the owl takes position on a vantage perch and at a height so as to get a good view of any possible prey. While not looking for any prey, I have used this to convey a message of taking a holistic view and not look at matters with only the short term in mind. I have been following the news – demonetisation and its after-effects - like most of my fellow Indians and I am presenting my responses/views on them here.

 

Kashmir witnessed a difficult period in recent history during the peak summer season. Autumn is fast paving way for winter to set in, but the situation on the ground remains consistently inconvenient for the common people

Kashmir witnessed a difficult period in recent history during the peak summer season. Autumn is fast paving way for winter to set in, but the situation on the ground remains consistently inconvenient for the common people

 

According to Uday Bhaskar, when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a public statement about India's no first use (NFU) policy, the line between public and personal got blurred.

 
Schools are attacked for they are seen as representing the State itself. This is the reason why at the time of violence, education becomes the first casualty. Destroying school infrastructure, threatening teachers and inculcating fear in students are direct attacks on the State  
 
The August 14, 2014 issue of the The Hindu carried a feature indicating that the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) had submitted to the Finance Ministry, in December 2013,  a confidential report on estimates of black money held in India and abroad by Indians.  
 
Even those who expected a Donald J Trump victory didn’t expect anywhere as massive a margin—he won 276 electoral votes versus 218 for Hillary Clinton—but, as the candidate said during the campaign, it was Brexit plus, plus, plus with even Democratic strongholds coming out in his favour.   
 
Ultimately, they're going to have to do it. They know it, we know it and the targets do too: Decommission the favourites; defang the good ones. Get rid of militancy.   
 

On the margins of the G8 Outreach Summit in 2006, held at St. Petersburg, Russia, BRIC started as a formal grouping after a meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and China. The grouping was thereafter formalised during the first meeting of BRIC Foreign Ministers on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York in 2006. In September 2010, it was agreed to include South Africa into the grouping, and thus BRIC became BRICS at the BRIC Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New York.

 
The continuing agitation by retired military officers against the “one-rank-one-pension”, or Orop, scheme announced earlier this year by the government is generating both concern and confusion.  
 


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A Pakistani minister set the proverbial cat amongst India’s foreign policy establishment by announcing that Pakistan was thinking of constitutional changes to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province.
 
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India is well on course to embracing the change brought in by the agent of change -- PM Modi, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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To build a better future for all, the government in Dhaka will have to think about how to ensure inclusive education for all in the country, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.
 
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
 
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Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
 
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.

 
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The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...

 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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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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