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Actually, Modi is on to a long-term experiment in India. He and the government aim to re-engineer human souls and minds as much as socio-economic realities. writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor.

 

Now Pakistan wants an open war with India to which India must respond with full might so that New Delhi may convincingly defeat Islamabad and the coming decades may usher in peace and prosperity for both the neighbours, writes Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi .

 

Fidel Castro was a symbol of revolution and inspiration to most of his followers. His insubordination to US power made him a beacon of resistance in Latin America and elsewhere, and his bushy beard, long Cuban cigar and green fatigues became universal symbols of rebellion, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor.

 

While dissent is the life blood of a free society, it is also a double-edged sword capable of wreaking havoc with democratic societies writes Abheek Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

 

Put simply, no demand means no justification for infrastructure and no infrastructure means it becomes more difficult to create awareness on the need to follow the formal banking route for financial transactions. A classic case of chicken or egg?, asks The Owl.

 
With the strategy of the Narendra Modi government to make every Indian have a bank account and ensure non-cash transactions in a very big way in the coming years, the need for currency would get significantly reduced, says N.S. Venkataraman writing for South Asia Monitor.  
 

 When, irrespective of political ideology, all should strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hands, comes this betrayal by the opposition parties to whom anything Modi does is draconian and must be opposed tooth and nail, says Sudip Bhattacharyya writing for South Asia Monitor.

 

 

The BJP no more remains the party of the urban rich; it made inroads into rural India as well.

 

 A total of 141,923 Bangladeshi peacekeepers from Bangladesh army, navy, air force and police have so far taken part in 54 peacekeeping missions in 40 countries. Bangladesh is one of the leading troop-contributing countries with 7,129 peacekeepers currently deployed in 12 missions, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor. 

 

One is at a total loss to understand the apparent bias in the reporting which seems to focus on the negatives-nay not focus alone but highlight while ignoring/downplaying the positives, writes The Owl.

 


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