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Backing the Indian Coast Guard’s action in tackling a suspicious boat off Gujarat coast on January 1, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today blamed Pakistan’s official agencies, including its Army, for having been in touch with boat occupants and directing them.

 

 A suspicious Pakistani fishing boat apparently loaded with explosives blew up in the sea and sank off Gujarat after being intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard, officials said Friday, Jan 2, prompting fears that a major terror attack may have been planned.

 
Pakistan's Supreme Court Friday constituted a bench to hear appeals of prisoners sentenced to death.
 
 
Chairman of the Constituent Assembly (CA) Subas Nembang on Thursday, January 1,  asked the parties to either reach consensus on disputed issues themselves or give him the right to write the new Constitution in an amended schedule.
 
 

Rajapaksa’s appeal among the rural Sinhalese population cannot be underestimated. However, with Maithripala Sirisena crossing over, there is a likely split in the rural vote base

 

Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi was sent to 14 days' judicial custody in an abduction case by a court Thursday, January 1, even as Pakistan termed "unfortunate" the "unnecessary hype" created by India over the issue and also questioned lack of action in the Samjhauta blast case.

 

Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations in Afghanistan will enter a new phase in the New Year to train, advise and assist local soldiers, defence authorities said Wednesday, December 31.

 

At least 30 people have died, six are missing and about a million more were affected by floods in Sri Lanka caused by non-stop rains since Friday, an official said Monday, December 30.

 


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Empirically, a second visit by a US President to India is unprecedented and the speed with which this invite was extended and accepted is the distinctive aspect- reflective of the comfort level that now obtains between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi&...
 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The centrepiece of the Obama visit has been the ‘nuclear deal’, whose sticking points were a U.S requirement of keeping track of all U.S.-supplied nuclear equipment and materials at all times which India was reluctant to accept, and ce...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Obama was also greeted warmly in the Indian capital this week, at a time when US relations with several other major countries — Russia and China, and even allies such as Germany, Japan, Turkey and Israel — are relatively poor or frosty...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg   A lame-duck US president usually has few friends left in Washington DC, and even fewer in other nations’ capitals. But in New Delhi, he seemed to have finally found a dance partner: the Barry and Narry duo were in sync and barely ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg   The visit of an incumbent US president twice, and as chief guest on India’s Republic Day for the first time ever, is in and of itself significant. Anyone with even a nodding acquaintance of foreign and security policy will know th...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Modi’s happy use of Obama’s first name would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. In 2009, the United Kingdom’s 40-something foreign secretary, David Miliband, horrified then Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee by referrin...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Day one of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Delhi for the Republic Day parade saw India and the US arriving at a welcome political resolution of the long-festering civilian nuclear cooperation agreement that began as far back as July 200...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Barack Obama is the first US president to visit India twice and the first to be chief guest at the Republic Day parade. 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Over the past six months, US officials like former Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have tried to emphasise the ways in which Obama and Modi are similar, noting, for instance, that both are outsider candidates from humble backgrounds. In reality, how...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg   Diplomatic ties between India and the US are looking at a second life. Rarely do such opportunities present themselves Anil Padmanabhan 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, India and the United States were embroiled in bitter controversy after American authorities arrested an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade. This week, US President Barack Obama, will be guest of ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg President Obama’s attendance on this January 26 is as important from the perspective of furthering bilateral ties, as it is to show the world that India is ready to play a central role well beyond its borders

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Empirically, a second visit by a US President to India is unprecedented and the speed with which this invite was extended and accepted is the distinctive aspect- reflective of the comfort level that now obtains between President Barack Obama and P...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama want to reinvigorate the languishing India-US ties. Modi obviously believes that his development agenda needs US propping and that improved relations with the US will give India...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The present visions of US and Indian elites go back to roughly World War II. The US sought — in that war and in the subsequent Cold War — to create a world order in which its economic and ideological interests would be protected; this ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Modi's conservatism decisively ended India's antipathy to the West and Obama's liberalism opens him up to India writes Arul Louis

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg n two days, U.S. President Barack Obama will grace India’s Republic Day celebrations with his presence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to him to do so was not impulsive, though it took Mr. Obama by surprise. It is an affirma...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Washington and New Delhi need each other for various reasons at this moment and both want to create a win-win situation for themselves writes Paras Nath Chaudhary

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Notwithstanding clichés like ‘India and US being natural partners’ attributable to convergence of varied interests both regionally and globally, mutual relations between US and India, in the last three-four years in particular, ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The second summit within four months between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Barack Obama this weekend could go down as the moment when India and the US found the necessary political will to turn opportunities that have be...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg In contrast, visits of Indian Prime Ministers to Washington have generally been low key and strictly limited to the business on hand. Mr. Modi broke this mould during his September 2014 visit to the U.S. His was a visit rich in symbolism and, at t...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg But it is on climate change that Modi will have to hew to a different set of priorities when Obama comes calling. Fresh from an agreement with Beijing that commits the world’s two biggest economies to specific carbon-emission targets by 2030...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg US President Barack Obama’s visit to India is an unprecedented second visit by a serving president and reflects his determination to court India. It recalls the earlier courtship of another young US president, John F Kennedy, who also put im...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg   It’s not often that economic matters find themselves at the centre of such saturation coverage by media. All channels devoted the first half of their bulletin entirely to the petrol crisis. Most came out of the crisis towards spor...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The history of the past few years suggests that India and the United States are still some distance away from realising their objective of cementing a strong geopolitical affiliation that advances each other’s interests.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg On his visit to India, US President Barack Obama will  review first-hand the ‘might and right’ of the only (large) nation uniquely expected to have positive GDP growth in 2015, thanks to falling oil prices. US-India business is ex...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg arack Obama sets out for India, he will find that the same favourable winds which are driving India’s economy are also moving the U.S.-India relationship. The President will be the first American chief of state to visit India twice during hi...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The economic relationship between the world's two most populous democracies in India and the US is quite appropriately perhaps the most people-centric between any two major nations.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg rade and investment have been key drivers of Indo-US relations - and the US has benefited. During 2001-13, overall US trade in goods grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 5.7 per cent. But trade with India grew 14 per cent annually. Similarly...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg With Washington and New Delhi already engaged in multiple fields, there is expectation that the US-India defence relationship will drive the defining strategic convergence of the early 21st century. Yet, for this to happen both must focus less on ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg While trade between India and US has grown over the past decade - from $24 billion in 2003 to over $90 billion in 2013 - there are significant opportunities to deepen the relations between the two countries. With US President Barack Obama's vi...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg The US is going to make a heavy-duty pitch for starting negotiations on a much-delayed bilateral investment treaty (BIT) with India even as executives from both sides meet on January 26.

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg  The Modi government must use the Obama visit to raise the issue of the Totalisation Agreement which was actively pursued by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government under then finance minister Yashwant Sinha, but somehow dropped off the radar in ...

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India, an unprecedented second trip in one Presidency, comes as the terrorist threat environment in the subcontinent is in transition and turmoil. 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg Robert D. Blackwill analyses the trajectory of India - US bilateral relations for the next two years. Check out his speech here: 

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg US President Barack Obama will soon embark on his second Bharat yatra, creating a bit of quotable history and legacy. You know that much rides on the visit when it is fronted by US Secretary of State John Kerry.  

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg It is hard to say who will gain more from the symbolism – an Obama suffering a deficit in foreign policy successes or Narendra Modi, who has shown extraordinary confidence walking the world stage.  

 
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sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/images (3).jpg If there is one matter that President Obama’s Indian Yatra must address and achieve significant progress on, it is a decisive new approach to the Pakistan challenge writes Dr. Harold A. Gould

 
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Most Muslims believe those who attacked Charlie Hebdo were outraged by its abhorrent vilification of the Prophet (PBUH.) What the magazine claimed to be “irreverence”, “satire” and insouciant political “humour” was in fact premeditated blasphemy desig...

 
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China said on Monday it had strongly protested with Japan the comments made by its Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Arunachal Pradesh during his recent visit to New Delhi, saying it had "lodged serious representations" with Tokyo.

 
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“In Pakistan, love is a big sin. Centuries have passed, the world has made so much progress – men have reached the heavens. But our men are still following age-old customs and traditions from the dark ages,” 

 
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Decades after environmental laws were first conceived, a review of environmental laws in India has just been undertaken by a High-Level Committee.  The ostensible conclusion is that the government is serious about appraisin...

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Narrated for the first time in this book, are never before published stories by soldiers who fought the Liberation War. 

 
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There is "not much of a literary scene in Pakistan and the infrastructure is underdeveloped with only a handful of English publishers", says author Bilal Tanweer, adding that a few in the Urdu ...

 
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For a long time, Himalayan kingdoms remained unaffected by the landmark events of world history. When countries like Nepal and Bhutan opened up to the outside world—the latter ...

 
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Not every individual in Kashmir in the early 1990s turned against the army driven by political vendetta. There were many who rebelled because it was hard for them to accept the killings and disappearance of people they knew. &n...

 
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Kiran Ahuja’s historical novel, set in the Amritsar of 1900-1940, traces the contrasting destinies deriving from two separate but identical acts of two classfel...

 
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“Pashtuns are very hospitable and friendly, if you are mindful of their customs and traditions.” — Dr Hassan Abbas

 
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The First World War was probably the last war that soldiers went to with a sense of glory and the feeling that something good may come of it. The war itself was to prove otherwise, particularly as the ...

 
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Through ages nations have been torn apart and much of it due to internal turmoil that has wrecked civil societies cutting across cultures and civilizations. By the same token families have been put thr...

 
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Jerusalem comes alive through the story of an Indian family we did not know existed.  

 
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The Pakistan military believes parliamentary democracy is inappropriate for the country and sees itself as its saviour.

 
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The book details the life of Mujib and the various transitions he underwent - from a young man who vigorously championed the cause of Pakistan, a homeland for South Asia's Muslims in the 1940s, to his joining the fledgling Awami Muslim Leag...

 
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Can five seemingly unrelated stories spread across four countries - Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka - have anything in common? Yes, seems to say journalist author Meenakshi Iyer, as she unveils gripping tales of hu...

 
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New Delhi: For close to a century, many generations of an Indian family have been looking after the Indian Hospice, a symbol of India`s heritage, in the old city of Jerusalem. This existence...

 
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The latest book by the former New York Times contributor and author Arif Jamal meticulously describes why there should be little expectation of a trial and due punishment in November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

 
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When enacted, a written constitution takes on a life of its own. It has its own ethos, and its own philosophy. It ultimately guides the destiny of the country for which it is written. In the long and detailed Constitution o...

 
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The packed hall at the Galle Literary Festival was stunned into silence by a series of abuses hurled on a Sri Lankan human rights activist by a member in the audience. 

 
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Few countries get the kind of international political and policy attention that Pakistan draws. The nation’s pivotal role in shaping the global war on terror and the American occupation of Afghanistan after 9/11 has g...

 
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Fair’s assessment of the Pakistan army is out: it is an ideological war machine that is not amenable to any inducements or assuaging of its security concerns.

 
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The attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat Friday brings into sharp focus a book, written by an American journalist and published this year, that traces Pakistan's lin...

 
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Penguin Books India is proud to announce the publication of one of the most sensational books of the year: 

 
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Some titles like Evolving Dynamics of Nuclear South Asia will never go out of fashion. And, if a much-awarded former fighter pilot were to offer a manuscript, most publishers may not even read it before committi...

 
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Even as India elects a new government, some of the most important figures in its strategic establishment have been making the time to read a new book on China: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his aides say, has been through journalist Shishir Gu...

 
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A colleague recently visited Lahore to cover a fashion show. She enjoyed her sojourn but experienced a poignant episode when returning which she immortalised on Facebook.

 
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The great Indian election continues to generate global interest and wonder, partly on account of its uninterrupted success and partly because of the obvious challenges of demography, geography, and the mind boggling...

 
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Ms Gall’s account of Dr Mohammed Najibullah’s lynching, a war crime by any standard, matches what many Afghans and Pakistan’s Pashtun nationalist leaders have said all along. She also chronicles that the ISI...

 
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As the world's largest democracy gears up for the general election, political parties are literally promising the moon. Amid this extensive wooing, a few books have done honest postmortems of Indian governance, highlighted grievances of peo...

 
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It is frequently described as the most dangerous place in the world. With suicide bombings and shootings, terrorists camping on its territory, high and entrenched levels of fundamentalism and anti-Western sentiment, rampant social, ethnic and s...

 
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In his latest novel, Romesh Gunesekera zooms in on post-war Sri Lanka, grappling with the ghosts of its troubled past.

 
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“My father came back in early August 1947 to take us away from Lahore. ‘I don’t like the stampede and the rush,’ he said. But he couldn’t leave because of the riots,” recalls Khalid Chima, ...

 
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Targeted killings of terrorists in badlands of the world has been taken to a new high by the US and looks likely to intensify in the foreseeable future amid indications that other major powers may also adopt th...

 
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Let me confess that this is not the book I set out to write. The book I had in mind was about the unchanging face of Muslim fundamentalism in India. But barely a few weeks into research, I discovered I was completely on the wrong track. The big...

 
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Authors: P.V.S. Jagan Mohan and Samir Chopra Publisher: HarperCollins, 2013 

 
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Book: 1971: A Global History of the Creation of Bangladesh, Author: Srinath Raghavan, Permanent Black Pages: 358, Price: Rs 795

 
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Authors: Husain Haqqani Publisher: PublicAffairs; November 5, 2013 Hardcover: 432 pages Language: English Price: US$ 28.99

 
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Author: Rajmohan Gandhi Hardcover: 400 pages Publisher: Aleph Publishers

 
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Archer Blood was the American consul general in Dhaka (then Dacca) in 1971-72. He not only witnessed the slaughter of thousands of civilians by the Pakistani Army and dutifully reported on the genocide to his government but also, when the US co...

 
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A rare insider’s narrative on the world’s fastest growing nuclear complex

 
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Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller   Author: Raza Rumi   Pu...

 
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More than Maoism: Politics, Policies and Insurgencies in South Asia   Edited by: Robin Jeffrey, Ronojoy S...

 
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Pakistan: Moving the Economy Forward Publisher: Lahore School of Economics, 2013

 
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Ishtiaq Ahmed’s interesting book demonstrates how and why a weak and apolitical army evolved into the most powerful institution in Pakistan, virtually having de facto veto power over politics. It also controls Pakistan’s nuclear wea...

 
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A Sri Lankan constitutional amendment done with Indian backing to devolve autonomy to provinces remains "historically significant and indispensable", says a new book by a well known political scientist from the island nation.

 
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Ishtiaq Ahmed’s latest book is another outstanding piece of scholarship by an erudite scholar. This intellectually stimulating work is an important addition to the corpus of writings on modern and contemporary Pakistan, which by design an...

 
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Contrary to popular wisdom in India, a new book on Ravana, the 'demon king' in the Ramayana epic, says he ruled a rich and vast kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka, wrote books and built a maze of underground tunnels to protect his empire....

 
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A courageous, comprehensive and no-holds-barred account, by a veteran journalist, of a 66-year-old nation that is still trying to find its identity and fighting its own demons…

 
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The 30-year-old ethnic conflict in the Sri Lankan state, an essentially Sinhalese majoritarian preserve, and the uncompromising and relentlessly violent Tamil leadership claiming a separate state, Tamil Eelam, on behalf of the Tamil minority of...

 
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Book: India's Foreign Policy: A Reader; Edited: Kanti P. Bajpai and Harsh V.Pant Critical Issues in Indian Politics Series; Publisher: OUP Price: Rs 1095; Pages: 464

 
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Such a massive tome (663 pages) on a country that calls itself India’s only permanent friend in South Asia demands serious attention. Bhutanese scholarship is so rare and scholarship on Bhutan has been so scanty since M...

 
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India and China have shared historical ties and, as immediate neighbours, have seen many ups and downs in their relations. As a result, bilateral ties between the two countries...

 
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Delhi-based poet Sudeep Sen has been invited to address the Nobel Laureate Week being held in Saint Lucia, a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, in January. Mr. Sen is the first Indian, and the only one thu...

 
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Book: Fountainhead of Jihad Author: Vahid Brown and Don Rassler Publisher: Hachette India Price: Rs 650

 
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'Imperialists, Nationalists, Democrats: The Collected Essays of Sarvepalli Gopal'  edited by Srinath Raghavan. Permanent Black, 444 pages, Rs 895....

 
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Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific Author: C. Raja Mohan Publisher: OUP Price: Rs 895 Pages: 329

 
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Author: Raghu Rai Publisher: Niyogi Books Price: Rs 1495 Pages: 115

 
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BOOK: "False Sanctuaries: Stories from the Troubled Territories of South Asia", AUTHOR: Meenakshi Iyer;  PUBLISHER: Bibliophile South Asia (Promila & Co.);  PAGES: 282; 

 
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Like so much else in India’s recent past, the First Afghan War (1839-42) means little to India’s elites. But the military history of the British Raj has been a specially neglected domain. With their many other preoccupations, India&...

 
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Journalist-author Frances Harrison tells ANJANA RAJAN her book on the human suffering engendered by Sri Lanka’s “hidden war” is written with the belief that if people know, they will care

 
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"La Nueva India" ( The New India) is the first Latin American book on the rising of India in the twenty first century in the Spanish language. It was launched on December 4 at Santiago, Chile.

 
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After Joseph S Nye coined the term “Soft Power” (culture, language etc), it became a fad and, for some, an academic necessity to use it to discuss notions of ‘power’ in international politics. Though accepted, still unmo...

 
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This study seeks to solve the following puzzle: In 1947, the Pakistan military was poorly trained and poorly armed. It also inherited highly vulnerable territory vis-à-vis the much bigger India, aggravated because of serious disputes wit...

 
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Author / Editor: P R Kumaraswamy   Middle East Institute at New Delhi, 2012   Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon for MEI@ND, September 2012  

 
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Book: Ramkinkar: The Man and the Artist Author: A. Ramachandran Publisher: NGMA Pages: 168 + plates

 
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The middle class will decide the course of liberalisation in India which will become more micro-level in search of solutions to problems, says writer and journalist Hindol Sengupta in his new book, "The Liberals".

 
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The future of Afghanistan depends upon how it strengthens its fledgling democratic institutions and arrests corruption, says Sujeet Sarkar, the author of a new book on the war-ravaged country.

 
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Author(s): Bipul Chatterjee and Joseph George Publisher: CUTS International

 
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Author(s): Robert D. Lamb, Liora Danan, Joy Aoun, Sadika Hameed, Kathryn Mixon, and Denise St. Peter Publisher :Center for Strategic and International Studies ISBN 978-0-89206-738-1 (pb)

 
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Book: Afghanistan in Transition Beyond 2014? Author: Shanthie Mariet D`Souza (Ed.) Pages: 264 Price : Rs. 795 Publisher: Pentagon  

 
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Book: The Prabhakaran Saga Author: S. Murari Publisher: Sage Publishers Pages: 362 Price: Rs.425

 
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Authors: Rumel Dahiya and Ashok K. Behuria 2012

 
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Book: The Unfinished Memoirs Author: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (Translated by Dr Fakrul Alam with a preface by Sheikh Hasina) Publisher: Penguin Viking Pages: 323 Price: Rs 699

 
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The book is a chronological account of the partiation of Punjab Province of British India

 
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Book: Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace Author: Edited by Sebastian von Einsiedel, David M. Malone and Suman Pradhan Publisher: Cambridge University Press Pages: 398...

 
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Book: The Taliban Cricket Club Author: Timeri N. Murari Publisher: Aleph Pages: 325 Price: Rs 595

 
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Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world.

 
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In these turbulent times, Jawaharlal Nehru's policies of non-alignment and mixed economy need to be revisited, says P.C. Jain, author of a book on India's foreign policy during the first prime minister's tenure.

 
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The killing of Osama bin Laden spotlighted Pakistan's unpredictable political dynamics, which are often driven by conspiracy theory, paranoia, and a sense of betrayal. In Pakistan, the late prime minister Benazir Bhutto famously declared, t...

 
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The growing English language publishing industry in India has taken a step north with three veteran publishers - David Davidar, Ravi Singh and Kapish G. Mehra - joining ranks to push high-end literary fiction from the subcont...

 
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The subcontinent can become a paradise in the region by retaining cultural, social and political identities of countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, says former Pakistani Army officer, journalist, writer and commentator Abdul Rahman Si...