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India held a special place in the heart of the revolutionary icon, with a succession of Prime Ministers experiencing the warmth of his friendship.



I was born in America. At least now aggrieved, frustrated young Indians won’t give me unsolicited advice, repeatedly suggesting I relinquish my Indian citizenship for an American one.


Just eight-and-a-half months ago, Donald Trump, then simply a contender for the Republican nomination to contest for president of the United States, tweeted a rant, as is his wont: “The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!”


Donald Trump’s election as US President was a glimpse of the accumulated insecurities of the white American men. The Republican candidate successfully tapped into the deep distress and resentment among millions of white working and middle-class Americans, writes Simi Mehta writing for South Asia Monitor.

Volumes have been written these past few days on the success of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections. Less has, however, been said about the reasons for Hillary Clinton’s eclipse. Democracies, perhaps, need to take somewhat greater note of what actually caused the Clinton ‘meltdown’, which was contrary to all optimistic forecasts.  

When you see a street magician waving a red handkerchief in his right hand, you can be sure he is doing something more significant with his left. If Donald J. Trump has one true talent, it is as ringmaster of the media circus, knowing that by being outrageous he can focus the limelight back on himself, his TV show, his businesses or, more recently, his political future. In Kanye West’s admiring words, speaking of the presidential election result: “His approach was f***ing genius, because it worked.”


As US President Barack Obama exits the White House after an 8-year tenure, he leaves behind a mixed legacy. Overall, the Obama presidency remained very difficult and witnessed many significant changes around the globe. The US will continue to struggle with the issues of terrorism, inflation and domestic turbulence in the near future, writes Md. Afroz for South Asia Monitor.



The US President-elect announced this week that he will introduce legislation to get every Muslim in the country to register their name and address on a “list”.



  On November 8, the populist insurrection sweeping across Europe and the United Kingdom hit the shores of America as an embittered uprising of the middle and lower class handed their candidate, Donald Trump, a resounding victory over Hillary Clinton.


The lines by Emma Lazarus, inscribed on The Statue of Liberty, which stands tall and majestic on Liberty Island in New York Harbour off New York City, read, “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: / I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” 


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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
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In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
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India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...


What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...


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...


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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