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Jinnah deceitfully threw to the wind the two-nation theory by accepting the merger of Junagadh and offering use of Karachi port to the Hindu rulers of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer states bordering Sindh with invitation to join Pakistan. Thus, Jinnah had no legitimacy in claiming J&K based on the two-nation theory, writes By Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The retaking of Mosul will give impetus to the coalition working to oust the ISIS from Iraq and can pave the way for further operations to liberate all ISIS-controlled territories. It will have far-reaching ramifications for the future of Iraq and will be a symbolic victory over the ISIS, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In the absence of any historic baggage and resultant absence of a hostile domestic constituency, Bangladesh is able to pursue a non-complicated policy towards China. On the other hand, the Bangladeshi engagement with India is marred by history and geography-related problems and evolving domestic politics, writes Sreeradha Dutta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The recent chain of events suggests that Russia-China cooperation is limited by geopolitical realities which put India in an envious and dominant position in the new Asian order, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Keeping one’s guard up in totality and the powder dry, India has to be ready for any eventuality in the entire spectrum of conflict. Persistent gloating over a moderate tactical success across the LoC is hardly becoming of Indua in its endeavours to establish a safe and harmonious environment in the region, writes Lt. Gen Kamal Davar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.  

 
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BIMSTEC offers excellent opportunities for India to connect its Northeast with the economic power houses of ASEAN. In addition to adding infrastructure, BIMSTEC can also help the country in its energy sector. Yet while the BIMSTEC initiatives appear promising, there are potentialities that still need to be realized, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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Despite the successes, law enforcers must be on their guard as the militant groups are still gaining fresh recruits. Law enforcers should address how these organisations are being funded as the weapons collected from the dead militants suggest that they continue to receive substantial external assistance, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The chances that Pakistani army succeeds in taking revenge are remote; hence it may be possible that Gen Raheel Sharif compels Nawaz (Sharif) to give him extension and in case he refuses to give extension, Pakistan may witness one more coup, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It’s back to square one. In context, Maldives quitting the Commonwealth, and the latter feeling saddened about what anyway was in the making, and the UK as the Commonwealth’s founder and eternal chair, too feeling upset, have only academic relevance just now, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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As Pakistan is now aiming for a greater SAARC with China and the Central Asian states in its fold, the importance of the emerging BBIN grouping has become  more important for not only Indian diplomatic initiatives but for economic progress of landlocked countries like Nepal and Bhutan, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 


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China is yet to reciprocate to India’s territorial concerns on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor'
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court barring politicians from seeking votes in the name of religion, caste or creed just ahead of crucial Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab is a welcome step in the right direction. The recent judgment of a seven-Judge Bench of the Supreme Cour
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image So the lady’s not for turning. Well, we knew that, didn’t we? Brexit means Brexit, no “partial membership”, no “half-in, half-out”. This was the section of Theresa May’s speech most heavily briefed in advance – but still gloriously welcome to the hard Brexiteers when she finally uttered t
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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When is a scam not a scam? The short answer obviously would be, when it is approved by the Government in power. But then, the question arises: Is that necessarily true?  
 
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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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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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