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The visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to New Delhi on April 8 is critical for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a number of reasons that have a historical resonance as Delhi prepares for the 70th anniversary of  India’s independence and the bloody partition of the sub-continent later in August, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.                                                                                                      

 
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The collective anguish and dismay expressed by the African missions in India and the students association over the  dastardly attack by a lumpen mob in Noida in late March that targeted African students should serve as a wake-up call for India and encourage Delhi to accept the ugly reality about racism that is deeply, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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Will the Indian leadership match the boldness of vision, courage and gumption of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to meet her at least half way, if not more, as would behove the aspiring global player that India views itself as, writes Ambassador Tariq A Karim for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 The need of the hour is gradual phasing out of high-yielding variety of seeds whose cultivation demands more water and introduction of drought-resistant crops. This should be the duty of both India and Bangladesh, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

 
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The two governments should abide by the October 2008 agreement on naval personnel not firing upon innocent fishermen. They should also work out mechanisms for early return of arrested fishermen and their boats, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Indian states should reach out to a larger number of US states, especially those with a significant diaspora and business interests.  As in the case of the US and China, a state-level dialogue should be strengthened, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is noteworthy that China has refrained from declaring itself a ‘maritime power’ because of certain perceived deficiencies. It behooves India to urgently conceive a national level strategy that will benefit our economy and reinforce maritime security, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Due to the complex issues, irrespective of who holds political power in Manipur, implementation of the Naga Peace Accord may prove to be extremely difficult, writes Lt Gen J.R. Mukherjee (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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With the kick-off for what President Mukherjee has termed as the “India-Africa Century”, there is no better time than now for India to expand its footprint particularly in sub-Saharan Africa write Narayani Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India has a great deal to lose by mistreating and beating up Africans who come to study or live in India. The latest attacks on March 27, 2017 on Nigerian and Kenyan students living in Noida, a suburban city bordering New Delhi and part of what is called the National Capital Region, have made breaking news on all TV news channels, writes Kul Bhushan for South Asia Monitor.

 


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In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
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S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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