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The change of government in Nepal is an opportunity to recalibrate the relationship between Kathmandu and New Delhi and reflect on the special bond that exists between these equal sovereign nations, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Where the Indus Water Treaty has been biased against the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India has every right within the scope of the treaty to turn the tap tight on Pakistan. And, India need not worry about the bogus China bogey on this matter, writes Brig. Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Among the dead were nearly 12 Pakistan Army personnel whose close proximity to the terrorists' launchpads indicates their role as masterminds and facilitators. The fact that the attack was executed by some 200 Indian soldiers and everything was over within 4 hours brings to the fore the cost-benefit of such an operation, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India-ASEAN relations as of now are now stronger than ever. Both parties recognize and understand the importance of each other not only as a trading partner but also in the field of regional security and building peace and stability, writes Sonam Chaudhari for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The much awaited post-Uri response has now come into the public domain by way of a counter-terror surgical strike. The firm response from India has been made and while this will assuage the bruised post-Uri domestic sentiment – it remains to be seen what kind of a trajectory this surgical strike will lead to, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Whatever be the intent and content of much-anticipated Saturday’s New York meeting of the nine-member Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on Maldives, its decision to delay action may have only boosted the confidence of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s leadership nearer home, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Indian Prime Minister had to show to the people of India that he could live up to his braggadocio - and he did so when he authorised Thursday's "surgical strikes" across the LoC in Pakistan territory to take out seven terrorist "launch pads". What the consequences of this action will be remains to be seen, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The government in India currently appears to follow a hard-line strategy with an assumption that the crisis in the Kashmir Valley will fade away. The approach might work for the current phase, but it is highly unlikely that violence will not erupt again in the Valley, writes Gaurav Dixit for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The North East Connectivity Summit has put a major focus on development of international trade and commerce of North-Eastern states, including Assam, and also West Bengal, improving connectivity with Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries with a special emphasis on developing connectivity in border areas., writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Disillusioned with Pakistan that has refused to deliver on its promise to bring Taliban to the peace talks, the Afghan President’s recent trip to India underlined the significance that New Delhi holds in keeping Kabul strong, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 


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In direct and indirect attacks on Pakistan for its purported role in providing sanctuary to terrorists and their dreaded networks, the Heart of Asia conference concluded in India with a resounding demand for 'strong actions' against terrorism.
 
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Now Pakistan wants an open war with India to which India must respond with full might so that New Delhi may convincingly defeat Islamabad and the coming decades may usher in peace and prosperity for both the neighbours, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi .
 
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Of all the nominations that the US president-elect Donald Trump has announced for his potential cabinet, none has received as broad acclaim—nationally and globally —as his decision to appoint Nikki Haley, the first female governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Sikh immigrants, to the cabinet-rank position of US amba
 
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US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia, such as it was, is an endangered species in the Trump era. Looking back, was it in essence more rhetoric than a policy to be implemented? Leaders of South-east Asia, East Asia and further afield are asking themselves this question.a
 
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The Heart Of Asia conference in Amritsar called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition. Access the full text here...
 
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The traditional ties between India and the United Arab Emirates have,  over the decades grown, riding on the strength of trade and investments. The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will be the chief guest for the 2017 Republic Day
 
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India had not sought the 1971 War. It was a conflict that was imposed on India by Pakistan and its bumbling generals. In the end, it became — and, remains — the perfect example of  statecraft, with a national leadership displaying the requisite  competence and self-assurance, optimally mobilising the nation’
 
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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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The pattern of Chinese actions on the global stage demonstrates that it lives by the credo of might is right, a potent tool in its armoury for the pursuit of aggressive designs, writes Sudip Talukdar for South Asia Monitor....

 
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The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...

 
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