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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have sneaked into the army camp.

 

While the South Asian region has its fair share of reasons to be quarrel over, if there is one thing that has managed to transcend boundaries, it has been the soft power of India. As a melting pot of diversity in itself, its cultures, languages, ethnicities and the like are in a symbiotic relation with those across the border. As a result, there is no country in South Asia which has not been touched by something Indian – particularly television and film industry, and cricket. Such is the expanse and the impact of the Indian soft power. It has managed to bridge a rather unbridgeable lot.

 

The  sentencing to death of an Indian citizen on charges of spying by a Pakistani military court on April 10  reeks of a hasty, imprudent decision by Rawalpindi, the GHQ of the  Pak military, and is likely to further strain an already adversarial  bilateral relationship.

 
For securing its interests in the African continent, rather than countering China, India should learn from China's mistakes and pledge for a mutual beneficial agenda with the African countries, writes Namrata Hasija.  
 

Therefore, there is an urgent need for the Modi government to re-define its “Make in India” policy so that India can beat China in its own game and get rid of perennial trade deficits writes Susmit Kumar

 

Taiwan's new programme of building indigenous submarines came after it was unable to procure any submarines from the US and Europe. However, even this programme would largely depend on outside help, writes Namrata Hasija for South Asia Monitor.

 

The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.

 
India is well on course to embracing the change brought in by the agent of change -- PM Modi, writes Sanjay Kumar Kar for South Asia Monitor.  
 

India for a variety of historical reasons has not been as deeply aware of its maritime potential as it ought to have been writes C Uday Bhaskar

 

The Indian Ocean, at the crossroads of global trade, is critical to India's energy security, with over 80 per cent of its energy imports coming via this maritime route, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury .

 


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India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
 
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The successful conclusion of the Belt and Road Forum (BARF) in Beijing, which India chose to stay away from, has led to a chorus of voices warning that in doing so, India has isolated itself both regionally and globally.
 
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Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221

 
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Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599

 
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  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...

 
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