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The recent decision of the government to instruct United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to vacate its office in New Delhi has evoked a mixed response on the expected lines writes Brig Anil Gupta

 
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In 2014, this grouping of nations is an official organization, and all four of the original members are amongst the top 10 largest economies in the world, and all are likely to continue growing rapidly writes Aman S. Shareef

 
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Fifteen hundred years ago there was a meeting of minds between India and Japan. That sound spiritual foundation has been built upon steadily from the second half of the 19th century onwards writes Ambassador Aftab Seth

 
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The latest in a series of communal violence in Myanmar began on July 1, 2014 when hundreds of Buddhists attacked a Muslim teashop in Mandalay following allegations that the shop owner had raped a female Buddhist employee. These allegations which spread instantly were made online via social media websites writes Obja Borah Hazarika

 
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The act of condemning an individual or a particular group for following 'certain religious practice' in the name of kufr – blasphemy - has intensified the acts of violence in Pakistan writes Dr. Sanchita Bhattacharya

 
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India and Taiwan do not share a very long historical relationship. Their ties go back to the colonial era when president Chiang Kai-shek visited India in 1942 and met Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru writes Namrata Hasija

 
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On the first day of the month of Ramadan (June 29, 2014), the re-establishment of the Islamic caliphate (state) was declared in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (greater Syria) militants, and a caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was anointed to head it writes Monish Gulati

 
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The powerful Pakistani army was insisting on a full-fledged military operation against terrorists as the army had begun to realise that slowly and steadily the writ, power and influence of the army was diminishing and the terrorists have inculcated the courage of even targeting the army writes Jai Kumar Verma

 
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Posterity may record this as the best and the worst of times for the Pakistan Army. Not wielding absolute power like it has done several times before, the army has under orders from the civilian leadership launched one its fiercest operations - not against a neighbour - but its own people in the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA) writes Mahendra Ved

 
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When Narendra Modi scored a resounding victory to become India’s prime minister, there was a lot of talk in the strategic communities both in India and Japan how relationships between the two countries would evolve in the coming years writes Rajaram Panda

 


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spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
 
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The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
 
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In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
 
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It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
 
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It is appalling to see how the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir has been reduced to bitter recriminations between Pakistan and India.
 
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As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
 
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South Asia is situated in a strategically important location and has always been bone of a contention for control by major powers.
 
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It was just at the end of spring that the unquiet American President was talking big about being the man who can seal the deal on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
 
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S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”
 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...

 
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Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

 
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