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Pointing at China and complaining loudly on Masood Azhar isn’t working. India needs to rethink strategy.

 
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Urging the Trump Administration to remain open to restart talks with the Taliban, a group of eminent South Asian experts from top US think tanks Monday urged the White House to take tough measures against Pakistan and send a strong signal to Islamabad that it will not be business as usual.

 
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Asking Kabul and Islamabad to shun differences, Awami National Party (ANP) chief Asfandyar Wali Khan on Tuesday said the Afghan issue could not be resolved without making Afghan government part of the negotiation.

 
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Islamabad’s ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its head, Hafiz Saeed, will avoid risk of any possible sanctions against Pakistan, yet dialogue between India and Pakistan is, however, unlikely any time soon. In a recent move Pakistani authorities put Hafiz Saeed and several other affiliates of JuD under house arrest and at the end of January. Few days after the ban, the police stopped JuD from holding a conference on the Kashmir issue in Hyderabad. These developments took place when unconfirmed reports suggested that US officials have clarified to Pakistan to take steps against JuD or face sanctions. It is widely believed that the recent action against Hafiz Saeed was taken after the US demand. The political and military leadership are aware of the importance of the viable economy of Pakistan at the time when costly war on terror (operation Zarb-e-Azb) is in its final stage. The PM would never opt for sanctions against the country as the Pakistani stock exchange and economy is doing well, an achievement that his party would try to cash in during the next election in 2018. DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor in his maiden press briefing said that the action against JuD was taken in national interest. He also said that the action was decided by all the institutions (civil and military). In addition, a section of diplomatic circles believes that by stressing on anti-militancy the US wanted to make some grounds for resumption of Pak-India dialogue that got stalled after the Mumbai attack. And banning outfits blamed for the 2008’s terrorist attack is a tool for taking a step forward to normalise the situation between the two South Asian arch-rivals armed with nukes. Trump had in fact vowed during his election campaign to resolve core issues between Pakistan and India.
 
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The most valuable lesson on how to go forward in cementing relations between India and the United Arab Emirates after the visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, as chief guest at this year's Republic Day can be found in the pages of history of relations between the two countries.

 
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India’s Cold Start Doctrine, now known as proactive strategy, is a plan to deploy ground forces who could strike inside Pakistan quickly in the event of a conflict.

 
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India is not top of the mind for U.S. President Donald Trump. As he opens multiple battlefronts, domestically and internationally, the onus is on India to catch the attention of the new administration  
 
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Delhi must leverage its manpower advantage and the size of its market even as it limits the Trump administration’s immediate disruption.
 
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Nepal, which faces high trading costs due to its land-locked status, could immensely benefit from improved connectivity

 
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In 2007, the company which was then the bellwether for both the Indian information technology (IT) services industry and the country’s stock market Infosys Ltd enjoyed an operating profit margin of close to 30%, almost double that of International Business Machines Corp.

 


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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. 
 
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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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 If the civil war in Syria continues, it will be impossible to control in the future. To stop the massive humanitarian destruction, necessary steps need to be taken immediately, writes Mohammad Kawsar Ahammed for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
 
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spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
 
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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.  
 
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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
 
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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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The attacks in London on Wednesday are grim reminders of not just the growing menace of terrorism but also of the urgent need for the global community to join hands in combating it. 
 
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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.

 
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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 ...

 
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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...

 
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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...

 
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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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