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The biggest challenge to the Trump presidency in South Asia is Pakistan -- a failed state which is the epicenter of global terrorism and a state that has since 2001 ( or even earlier) managed to fool successive administrations in Washington about its credentials on the anti-terror front, writes Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami for South Asia Monitor.    
 
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There are huge concerns that India-US ties could face serious challenges in the days and weeks to come… the likely turn of events and policy shifts that would occur under the Trump presidency, especially changes in approach to economic and trade issues, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The dynamic and decisive character of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has increased expectations in Japan of a great leap forward in bilateral relations, writes Dr. Savitri Vishwanathan for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The achievements of the Awami League-led government in Bangladesh on the counter-terrorism and internal security fronts through 2016 have been remarkable. However, extremism and terrorism are far from over, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor. 

 
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To build confidence among Gulf investors, India would be required to walk that extra mile which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to do through sustained political engagements and smoothening the trouble spots in the system to attract investments from Gulf countries and improve bilateral trade and commerce, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.

 
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 In its efforts to further strengthen India-Bangladesh friendship, New Delhi is eager to develop the neighbouring country’s proposed Payra sea\por, writes Rupak Bhattacharjeefor South Asia Monitor.

 
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The time has come for India to re-work its Beijing policy and, thereafter, shift its negotiating strategy with Islamabad. However, this would require strong political will: commitment and persistence, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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The political opposition in Pakistan has responded cautiously but has emphasised on the need for judicial reforms to obviate the need for an ad hoc measure like military courts, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Having raised the expectations of the people about his anti-corruption commitment to a very high level, Narendra Modi is now facing the challenge of fulfilling the expectations of the people, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It is hoped that even in the face of developments that seem to be moving towards an arms race in the region and beyond, India will be able to steer clear of unnecessary moves, writes Manpreet Sethi for South Asia Monitor.

 


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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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