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EU needs to understand that while India may need to be more circumspect in its strategic choices and be more sensitive to changing external conditions, India has no other option but to doggedly preserve its strategic independence for the tumultuous years ahead, writes Ambassador Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The new rules clearly aim at regulating the market. While sale of cattle for slaughter has been banned in the animal market, the sale from the farmhouse has not been banned, writes N.S.Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 
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There is no clear explanation regarding referendum in the BNP's Vision 2030, but it appears to have been introduced with an ill motive, writes Swadesh Roy for South Asia Monitor

 
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But since the signing of the nuclear agreement, Iran has been steadily consolidating its sphere of influence. The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is too important for Iran and it will leave no stone unturned to gain a strategic space there, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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Incidents of ethnic clashes between different communities in Assam in the past point to the state of conflict and dissension on issues of geographical, cultural and emotional space amongst these communities/tribes, writes Kula Saikia for South Asia Monitor

 
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In this game of smoke and mirrors, one can only hope and pray that a back channel mediated compromise can be worked out, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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OBOR is still evolving and has a long way to go. Of the 68 countries that attended, only 40 have signed up for projects.  OBOR will traverse many troubled areas and much rough terrain.  The question, therefore, of India's isolation does not arise; it is simply too early to judge OBOR/BRI and its potential success, writes Namrata Hasija 

 
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The visit to Sri Lanka would also help Modi to further advance his strategy of isolating Pakistan from the other member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), writes Sugeeswara Senadhira for South Asia Monitor

 
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Resisting China's grand encircling strategy, and its virtual overrunning of South Asia, a region it has been coveting for some time, will require considerable strategic guile by India in the months to come, writes Tarun Basu for South Asian Monitor. 

 
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Any continued success of terrorists in Kashmir rings a warning bell for all countries around the world, as continued success of terrorists in Kashmir would amount to success of terrorism in the world, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 


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Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
 
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On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
 
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The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
 
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The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
 
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At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
 
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It wasn’t so long ago that the whole world watched as Donald Trump sashayed on to the Riyadh red carpet and stole the show with his tough talk on Iranian-sponsored terrorism.
 
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A vehicular attack to maximise casualties and spread panic is now a well-tested terrorist strategy in European cities.
 
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It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.
 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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