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With so much goodwill in Egypt for Indians one often wonders why the two countries are not closer partners at the international level. India is perhaps more talked about in Egypt than Egypt in India and its only now that Indian tour groups have started discovering Egypt and its ancient civilisation, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While at the social level, Pakistanis are keen about developing and nurturing friendly relations with Bengalis, it is the state of Pakistan which remains shy of tackling head-on the issues arising out of the war of 1971. That is where the problem lies, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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During its eight years in power, Sheikh Hasina’s government has done all it can to address India’s security and connectivity concerns, writes Subir Bhaumik for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi on April 8 is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a number of reasons that have a historical resonance as Delhi prepares for the 70th anniversary of  India’s independence and the bloody partition of the sub-continent later in August, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.                                                                                                      

 
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The collective anguish and dismay expressed by the African missions in India and the students association over the  dastardly attack by a lumpen mob in Noida in late March that targeted African students should serve as a wake-up call for India and encourage Delhi to accept the ugly reality about racism that is deeply, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Will the Indian leadership match the boldness of vision, courage and gumption of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to meet her at least half way, if not more, as would behove the aspiring global player that India views itself as, writes Ambassador Tariq A Karim for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The need of the hour is gradual phasing out of high-yielding variety of seeds whose cultivation demands more water and introduction of drought-resistant crops. This should be the duty of both India and Bangladesh, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The two governments should abide by the October 2008 agreement on naval personnel not firing upon innocent fishermen. They should also work out mechanisms for early return of arrested fishermen and their boats, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Indian states should reach out to a larger number of US states, especially those with a significant diaspora and business interests.  As in the case of the US and China, a state-level dialogue should be strengthened, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is noteworthy that China has refrained from declaring itself a ‘maritime power’ because of certain perceived deficiencies. It behooves India to urgently conceive a national level strategy that will benefit our economy and reinforce maritime security, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 


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spotlight image A career diplomat, Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, is the first woman to be the island nation’s envoy to India. As Foreign Secretary, she was Sri Lanka’s top diplomat for 18 months before being posted to New Delhi.
 
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India has accused the United Nations Security Council and the international community of tending to ignore the terrorists ravaging Afghanistan and their backers while these forces “have stood up against one of the biggest collective military efforts in the world.”
 
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Close Canada-India collaboration in health and wellness is a journey that commenced in 2015 in Toronto, when the first major health summit was held, and ended in March 2017 in New Delhi.
 
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With weird concoction like "Beer Yoga" getting popular as the next big international fitness craze, the ancient art of inner blossoming is seemingly going topsy-turvy. And as yoga hogs the limelight on its third International Day, the loud call for saving the spirit of the ancient and modern practice can't be swept under
 
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The death of deputy superintendent Mohammed Ayub Pandith at the hands of a lynch mob highlights the dangers to the police in Kashmir today, whether from gun-wielding militants or locals disgruntled with the Indian State.
 
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Sher Bahadur Deuba has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal at an especially fragile time in the life of the 11-year-old Himalayan republic.
 
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The rapid rise of Mohammed bin Salman, from one among many princes in the al-Saud royal family to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia within a span of two years, is an unprecedented development in the history of the Kingdom.
 
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A United States fighter downed a Syrian military aircraft for the first time when it bombed a Syrian rebel faction backed by Washington.
 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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  A former Indian civil servant, who is currently a professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University, US spent long periods in distant villages and city slums of India. The result? A scholarly book that presen...

 
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  Title: The Exile; Author:  Cathy Scott-Clark & Adrian Levy; Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; Pages: 640; Price: Rs 699

 
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Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...

 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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