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Broadly speaking, there are four constituent units to this India-Pakistan business. Whether we talk peace or fight war has depended on how those four have aligned


It is quite bizarre. Pakistan’s brazen denial of India’s smart and sharp punitive raid by both the military and civilian leadership has put New Delhi in a quandary about any military riposte. The situation is confusing.

Just a 25-member crack team of Para Special Force Commandos carried out the four-hour-long surgical strikes within Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) early on Thursday killing an estimated 50 State-sponsored jehadis, including some Pakistan Army regulars.  

There is little doubt that Pakistan will loudly proclaim the dangers of Indian action leading to the danger of acquiring a nuclear dimension. This is hogwash and self-serving. Pakistan will also renew efforts to draw attention to the Kashmir situation, but global indifference to developments in the Valley will continue as no country wants to intervene in it.


The Non Aligned Movement, while holding fast the true spirit of the doctrine of Non Alignment, must act as the vanguard of all principal international debates on political, strategic and socio-economic issues and must also suitably modernize itself to remain relevant in the world, writes Sudhanshu Tripathi for South Asia Monitor.    


Education in many ways has lost its sense of playfulness, justice and scepticism. Today, education as a right, as a policy instrument has become an oppressing tool, that not only puts various knowledge cultures and languages into silence but fundamentally violates the rights of the future in terms of democracy, sustainability and citizenship, writes Rajaraman Sundaresan for South Asia Monitor.

Geography and present damming structures ensure India has limited ability to flood or choke water flow to Pakistan. Scrapping the treaty will needlessly pit India against the people of Pakistan by playing on an insecurity that has a deeper psychological effect than the threat of a war.

Denial of NSG membership to India at the Seoul meeting earlier this year is by all accounts an unacceptable loss of face for us, hardly behoving a country which is asserting to find its rightful place on the big table at the global stage.


The recently concluded visit of Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ to India was significant on many counts, as it was a step taken forward to end the trust-deficit of recent times. Now it's time to assess how it's crucial to broaden the ambit of trust-filled bilateral ties to foster trilateral cooperation among India, Nepal and China.


Indian constitutional mandate has ensured the supremacy of the democratic-civilian rule, even though the state has entrusted the armed forces with a wide and powerful latitude of manpower and weaponry (including nuclear).


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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.
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