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With the 19th summit being cancelled due to animosities between its member states, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to become a letter-pad organization that is technically not being wound up but whose meaningful functioning has ceased to be a possibility, writes N. S. Venkatraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Where increasing international and regional pressure on Pakistan has borne some result, it would do India well in the long run if it does not abandon its efforts to keep Pakistan’s rogue behaviour under check through a combination of sustained diplomatic, economic and military measures, writes Tanushree Chakravorty for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The Chinese announcement regarding damming the Brahmaputra has come at a time when India hints that it may revisit the Indus Water Treaty. Beijing is perhaps sending a message across that a large part of northeastern India is dependent on Chinese mercy so far as Brahmaputra waters are concerned, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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New Delhi while strengthening its strategic ties with the US, should watch closely recent events in ASEAN which may have reduced Washington’s leverage and strengthened China’s position in ASEAN, write Tridivesh Singh Maini and Maithili Parikh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While a comprehensive, actionable plan, in actuality, only a few of the NAP’s unanimously adopted measures following the massacre have been put into practice in true letter and spirit, writes Sanchita Bhattacharya for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The change of government in Nepal is an opportunity to recalibrate the relationship between Kathmandu and New Delhi and reflect on the special bond that exists between these equal sovereign nations, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Where the Indus Water Treaty has been biased against the people of Jammu and Kashmir, India has every right within the scope of the treaty to turn the tap tight on Pakistan. And, India need not worry about the bogus China bogey on this matter, writes Brig. Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Among the dead were nearly 12 Pakistan Army personnel whose close proximity to the terrorists' launchpads indicates their role as masterminds and facilitators. The fact that the attack was executed by some 200 Indian soldiers and everything was over within 4 hours brings to the fore the cost-benefit of such an operation, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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India-ASEAN relations as of now are now stronger than ever. Both parties recognize and understand the importance of each other not only as a trading partner but also in the field of regional security and building peace and stability, writes Sonam Chaudhari for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The much awaited post-Uri response has now come into the public domain by way of a counter-terror surgical strike. The firm response from India has been made and while this will assuage the bruised post-Uri domestic sentiment – it remains to be seen what kind of a trajectory this surgical strike will lead to, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 


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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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