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China’s ambitious Arctic Policy behind Modi’s Nordic push?

Beijing’s polar policy should cause concern in India. While New Delhi has been in engagement with the US, Russia and Canada, its connect with the other five has been wanting. Modi’s visit to Sweden was the first by an Indian Prime Minister in almost 30 years, writes Ranjana Narayan for South Asia Monitor 

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Maldives: Re-evaluating and re-positioning Maumoon Gayoom

Defying party whip or even defeating a government bill or two has lost all meaning in contemporary Maldivian context. Given the history of multi-party presidential elections since 2008, Yameen’s adversaries may stick together until creating a situation for his constitutional exit, and test their mutual strengths in the first round of a presidential poll, before further realignment, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

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SAARC is dead! Long live regional cooperation

SAARC is dead. For a region that continues to be plagued by poverty and serious developmental challenges, it is time to projects that can substantively improve the quality of life in South Asia. Thirty years is a long time for some tough thinking and plain talking, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor.

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Kokrajhar massacre: Land conflict at root of Bodo militancy

On the one hand, the persisting land conflict between the indigenous Bodos and the migrant communities has aggravated ethnic tensions, the attack also points to the presence and uninterrupted flow of arms into Assam that is adding to the gravity of violence being witnessed here, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

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In mind and in sight: The persisting legacy of Karzai in Afghan politics

Leading a country whose political cleavages are organized around tribal and ethnic affiliations, Karzai has been no stranger to the politics of Afghanistan and continues to have political strings tucked in his pocket, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

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India is paying a price for losing its grasslands

Wiry shrubs and clumps of brown-green fill the semi-arid landscape of Kutch in western India. Many of these patches have, over the years, made way for "more productive" agricultural land. This greening of "wasteland" is, however, degrading a precious and largely ignored ecosystem -- the grasslands. And, as a result,

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IMF expects India's role in Indo-Pacific region to expand

The International Monetary Fund expects India's role in the Indo-Pacific region's development to continue to expand because of its robust growth, but it has to carry out more trade refor...

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