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As the negative role of the visual media is affecting the fibre and fabric of India and is spreading unrest, the government has to seriously examine the need to put visual media under the scanner and monitor its activities, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The Indian media is agog with the viral video depicting a group of paramilitary CRPF personnel returning from polling duty being heckled, manhandled and abused by a few Kashmiri youths in Budgam area of Srinagar parliamentary constituency that saw a by-poll on April 4.

 
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In the current context of the threat posited by the Chinese leadership through its several mouthpieces to increase involvement in the jihadi Islamist assault on the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Beijing has allowed its mask to slip, writes Cecil Victor for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Legislation is an important step towards ending violence against women in Bangladesh. But in order for significant change to occur, societal mindset must transform in order to end the stigma and victim-blaming that women face when they report violence carried out against them, writes Amity Saha for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The continuation of communal tension and radicalisation of Rohingya refugees has the potential to spiral into grave security complexities for India, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor

 
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The growing suicide attacks by Bangladeshi jihadists pose serious threat to the region's peace, security and stability. The unabated cross-border movement of Bangladeshi terrorists has been a major security concern for India, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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Both India and Bangladesh are suffering because of increasing Islamic radicalisation and Sheikh Hasina was extremely helpful towards India in curbing this danger. Her government also eradicated ISI network which was infiltrating terrorists, fake Indian currency notes and drugs through the porous Bangladesh border into India, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.

 
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It would be a while before one could comment on the gains made by the charismatic Malcolm Turnbull in dollar terms, the images of a barefoot Australian Prime Minister bowing to the Indian divinities at Delhi’s trans-Yamuna Akshardham temple would linger in people’s memory for a long time to come, writes Rekha Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 
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If we as society and government fail to ensure social equality, freedom and security of life for women, the sacrifices made by women in the 1971 Liberation War would be deemed to have failed, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor.

 
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The trust and confidence between the political leadership of the two nations have increased manifold ever since Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009 and her momentous visit is expected to take the bilateral ties to a new height, writes Dr. Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

 


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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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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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Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

 
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