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The actual reason that we in India are unable to procure critically needed weapons, equipment and ammunition are larger strategic questions for which the country has yet not found satisfactory answers, writes Lt Gen Philip Campose (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Export of terror and drugs to India is getting direct patronage from successive Pakistani ruling establishments. It is time that all political parties in Punjab discard hyperbole and put their heads together so that the strategically important state is saved from destruction, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Declaring that India will move towards a gas-based economy, the government is trying to encourage the move towards greater usage of gas, especially in the power sector. India has also called on other large Asian LNG importing countries to form a loose alliance to gain more leverage in negotiating demand better terms, writes Shebonti Ray Dadwal for South Asia Monitor

 
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Does Brexit represent a challenge or an opportunity? Brexit was like a global tsunami. Neither Europe nor India had been prepared for Brexit. Brexit therefore, represents a huge challenge, on one hand to the India-EU strategic partnership and, on the other, to its bilateral relationship with the UK, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The current crackdown on terrorists is more a public exercise of hard stance being adopted – besides, it helps target dissidence. It is because of US pressure to take action against radical mullahs like Hafiz Saeed and appears to have bamboozled some US Congressmen who are calling for continued support, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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The Afghan government needs to create a safe environment for the activities of civil activists with specific protective measures to secure them against attacks by terrorists and insurgents, write Bipin Ghimire & Reza Ehsan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The true test for Indian diplomacy would be to ascertain how far it is willing to go to recast its terms of engagement with Beijing, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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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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spotlight image Vitaly A. Prima, Ambassador of Belarus to India for close to five years, is very enthusiastic about the future of bilateral relations as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. Resident in New Delhi, Prima is also his country’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
 
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India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
 
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
 
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I recently received an extraordinary email from a troubled young Kashmiri in Srinagar. Days before the Indian authorities turned off the internet, Saif (not his real name) had watched on YouTube the 45-minute video documentary Crossing the Lines — Kashmir, Pakistan, India that I had helped make in 2004 and mostly agreed with its
 
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The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.
 
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  The resounding victory of President Hassan Rouhani, who had sought re-election on a platform of moderation and engagement with the outside world, is a strong endorsement by the Iranian people for political change.
 
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  The US announced a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday as President Donald Trump visited Riyadh on his maiden foreign tour.
 
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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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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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