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India-Israel relations have come a long way and are set to flourish with Israeli willingness to share technology and invest in India's development projects. India's search for reliable source of technology to improve its defence and agriculture sectors finds a willing partner in Israel, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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 Manohar Parrikar is in Bangladesh on a two-day visit with focus on a new India-Bangladesh defence cooperation framework writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will definitely carry forward his predecessor's fight against domestic extremism and terrorism forcefully. One hopes that he would no longer consider the India-specific terror groups as “strategic assets” and “force multipliers” but treat them as “liabilities” Pakistan can ill-afford to support, writes Brig Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 Aung San Suu Kyi protested in favour of democracy and suffered house arrest for 15 long years. But her indifference, in fact neglect, to the Rohingya crisis has saddened the whole world, writes  Mohammad Kamal Hosen for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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It is in this deliberately orchestrated hostile environment that Sartaj Aziz will be strutting into the Heart of Asia summit in New Delhi representing his rogue country, says Lt Gen P.C. Katoch writing for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The unexpected, indeed the inconceivable, has happened:  Donald Trump, the womanizing side-show barker with a flair for mass-media showmanship will be the 45th President of the United States commencing in January 2017, writes Harold A. Gould for South Asia Monitor.

 
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PM Modi is bound to succeed in his efforts as the cause is genuine and people want his efforts to eliminate black money and corruption to succeed. His strength of character and determination will take him through,  writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor

 
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With China using her historical stratagem of ‘kill with borrowed knife’, is this Beijing sending a message to the incoming Trump administration in the US, writes Lt Gen P.C. Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While India has neither the capacity nor the political intent to reach out to its neighbours with investments and projects, China is deeply involved in the economies of all of South Asia and beyond. And with the operationalisation of  Gwadar port, the Dragon has finally arrived in the Indian Ocean, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's re-entry is sure to rattle India. It is known that he has extracted a promise from the Afghan government that the latter would get his name dropped from the US list of terrorists and that 20,000 of his supporters living in exile in Pakistan would be rehabilitated in Afghanistan at government expense, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 


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A Pakistani minister set the proverbial cat amongst India’s foreign policy establishment by announcing that Pakistan was thinking of constitutional changes to make Gilgit-Baltistan its fifth province.
 
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India is well on course to embracing the change brought in by the agent of change -- PM Modi, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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To build a better future for all, the government in Dhaka will have to think about how to ensure inclusive education for all in the country, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.
 
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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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spotlight image Arun Jaitley, with his legal and political acumen, is the best bet for Narendra Modi after Manohar Parrikar, who could also understand technological as well as financial demands of the defence ministry.           
 
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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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