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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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The Indian government needs to plug the loopholes along the India-Myanmar border without further delay to ensure peace and security of the border states, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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There is greater recognition today of Pakistan’s enduring mischief in Afghanistan, and a growing willingness among engaged powers to impose costs on Islamabad for its malfeasance, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Repeatedly thwarted by China from gaining entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India has moved to remind the world about its strong anti-nuclear proliferation credentials and showcase,  writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury  South Asia Monitor.

 
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Firms which talk of corporate social responsibility, and claim the high ground of ethics, have to communicate in a different way to society, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The continuation of Article 370 will gradually erode the bonding between the state of Jammu & Kashmir and the rest of the country while continuing to deprive the vast majority of the fruits of economic boom enjoyed by their counterparts in other states of the Union. The time has come to have a rethink on continuation of the article, writes Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Pakistan is fertile ground for IS and the associated virulent anti-Sunni ideology  for it has deliberately nurtured an arid, anti-minority eco-system wherein all non-Sunni denominations within the Islamic faith have been either ex-communicated (for example, the Ahmediyas) and declared apostate -- or larger constituencies such as the Shia have become targets of organised killings, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 India-UAE relations continue to flourish as extraordinary commercial potential, growing defence ties and the cultural connect make the bilateral ties unique and thriving, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The world must give “time and space” to the Myanmar government so that it can sort out the problem of Rohingya Muslims. Besides, international organisations should provide basic amenities to the displaced Rohingya Muslims so that extremist Islamic organisations do not succeed in recruiting them, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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 Without the military relinquishing its veto powers over constitutional amendments, it is but certain that the NLD-led government in Myanmar will not be in a position to effect political reform, writes Obja Borah Hazarika 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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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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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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The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
 
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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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