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Whatever be the intent and content of much-anticipated Saturday’s New York meeting of the nine-member Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on Maldives, its decision to delay action may have only boosted the confidence of President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom’s leadership nearer home, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Indian Prime Minister had to show to the people of India that he could live up to his braggadocio - and he did so when he authorised Thursday's "surgical strikes" across the LoC in Pakistan territory to take out seven terrorist "launch pads". What the consequences of this action will be remains to be seen, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.
 
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The government in India currently appears to follow a hard-line strategy with an assumption that the crisis in the Kashmir Valley will fade away. The approach might work for the current phase, but it is highly unlikely that violence will not erupt again in the Valley, writes Gaurav Dixit for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The North East Connectivity Summit has put a major focus on development of international trade and commerce of North-Eastern states, including Assam, and also West Bengal, improving connectivity with Bangladesh and other neighbouring countries with a special emphasis on developing connectivity in border areas., writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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Disillusioned with Pakistan that has refused to deliver on its promise to bring Taliban to the peace talks, the Afghan President’s recent trip to India underlined the significance that New Delhi holds in keeping Kabul strong, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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In recent past 70 terrorist groups, big and small, with support networks of regional and international terror organizations, have mushroomed in Punjab. Prominent among them are the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi(LeJ) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The peace deal brokered with the ‘honorable amir’ of an organization that had killed and affected thousands and thousands of people in Afghanistan has generated more suspicion than confidence. It has dampened hopes for ‘justful peace’ in Afghanistan, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Pakistan's track record and the brazen manner in which it has used terrorism as an instrument of policy is on the verge of including it in the list of terrorist states. Added to this, absence of sound advice to its elected leaders and delusions about India are shaming and harming it further, writes Hardeep Singh Puri for South Asia Monitor.

 
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While the support and backing of Tamil Nadu polity, and at times people, to the Sri Lankan Tamil cause is well-known and documented, this is possibly the first time that any political party or group has so very openly come out in support of what remains an ‘internal affair’ of India, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The attack on the Indian Army camp in Uri by terror elements sponsored by the Pakistani 'deep state' needs to be avenged, but at time and place of our choosing, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 


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spotlight image China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the $ 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move likely to raise alarm in India.  
 
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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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Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh Recently, vandals desecrated at least 20 Hindu idols and three temples in Jamai bazar area in Tungipara of Gopalganj district of Bangladesh
 
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It will also feature glimpses of Indian traditional, folk and tribal art such as Gond, Madhubani and Pattachitra paintings.

 
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spotlight image The prime minister is wrong if she thinks a poorer Britain is the price people want to pay for limiting free movement
 
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spotlight image It is unfortunate that Taiwan has a neighbor across the Taiwan Strait that wants to annex it, but, even more frustrating, Taiwanese also have to put up with people who echo China’s rhetoric and intended to intimidate Taiwanese into obedience.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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spotlight image A flurry of videos has emerged in the social media in recent days showing jawans of both the paramilitary forces and the Army complaining against a host of issues from diet to colonial-era practices. While these are disciplinary breaches, they are a good reason to initiate a detailed study into the internal health of our security estab
 
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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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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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This is a path-breaking work on India's foreign policy since Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014 and surprised everyone by taking virtual charge of the external affairs portfolio. A man who had been denied visa by some count...

 
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