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Although China likes to remind India of its superior military strength, India has let it be known that 2017 is not 1962. There is little doubt that if push comes to shove, India will not desist from an open confrontation with China. As a commentator said on TV, India may lose some territory, but it is still capable of giving China a black eye. For Indians, any such “achievement” will go a long way to erase the bitter memories of 1962, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

 
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There is a non-linear strategic  underpinning to what the Malabar nations are doing at sea and that is to render robust the collective effort to nurture the 'common good'  in the first of the global commons – the maritime domain, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

 
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India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is well aware of the relationship between Tareque Rahman and ULFA, and how the triangle - Tareque, ULFA, and ISI (Inter- Service Intelligence of Pakistan) - works in Bangladesh, writes Swadesh Roy for South Asia Monitor

 
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President Trump with his thoughtless and self-centred tweets does not seem to grasp this leadership role. By contrast, Prime Minister Modi has used social media to promote public  welfare, good deeds and to be gracious in defeat, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor.

 
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When I first became familiar with India in 1997, the United States treated India with contempt (at worst) and neglect (at best).   But starting that summer, the two giants would gradually approach each other, embrace, and emerge on better terms – just as Modi did with Trump on the White House lawn, writes Stanley A. Weiss for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Smart Campus Cloud Network is a massive exercise in disruptive innovation to transform the way education is imparted to the students throughout India, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor

 
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The Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in India's Northeast, built at a cost of Rs 2,056 crore, is an engineering marvel intended to make the region a hub of trade, transit and connectivity writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The “third force” – the jihadi terrorists in J&K – which both the Pakistanis and Chinese have designated as their vanguard, have shown signs of transformation from the purely guerilla force to a more conventionally organized military organization, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor

 
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There is little doubt that China's aim is to contain India's rising power through strategic linkages with India's neighbours, particularly Pakistan. And it seeks to browbeat India in the hope that it will back down and defer to Beijing's growing might, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

 
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PM Modi and his foreign policy team have every reason to be satisfied with the outcome of his fifth visit to the US which was undertaken in not the easiest of circumstances but with positive results to show, writes Amb Hardeep S Puri for South Asia Monitor.

 


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The words of Ho Chi Minh  “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” rang true for the people of the erstwhile East Pakistan when, with increasing brutality, the West Pakistani oppression spread across the land, writes Anwar A Khan from Dhaka
 
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In a significant boost to New Delhi's Act East Policy, India and Japan set up the Act East Forum on Tuesday as agreed during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India this year for the annual bilateral meeting that would help to focus and catalyse development in India's Northeast.
 
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  United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reiterated on Friday Washington's warning that “all options are on the table” to meet North Korea's nuclear threat while offering to keep the lines of communication with Pyongyang open.
 
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