India beefs up air force with indigenous fighter jets: Dawn of a new era in military self-reliance

The most crucial justification for acquiring home-grown and home-built hardware is the military’s expectation that overhaul and replacement of parts, as well as repair of battle damage will be undertaken by the domestic industry in a most expeditious manner, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (retd) for South Asia Monitor


Is India headed for economic autarky?

The upshot of an inward-looking regime is a diminishing extent of trade openness - a sharp contrast with the East Asian miracle economies that prospered with export-orientation, writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor


Is Imran Khan proxy for Pakistan Army's 'minus two' gambit?

The most significant thing at the several ‘jalsas’ (protest rallies) that opposition have been organising across the country in Pakistan is to challenge the army’s role and, for the first time, the top brass is being named, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor


Bangladesh: When democracy becomes a 'hybrid regime'

According to the EIU, for a decade Bangladesh has been in the middle of an autocratic and flawed democratic system, known as the hybrid regime, writes Mahmudul Hasan for South Asia Monitor


China to ‘gift’ 5 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Pakistan

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that China had promised to provide 500,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines as a ‘gift’ by the end of the month, reported Dawn…


A Nepali on a UN mission

To be posted in regions of political instability seems to have been the calling of Manoj Basnyat’s life


92 countries request for Made-in-India vaccines

Ninety-two countries have approached India for COVID-19 vaccines, bolstering New Delhi's credentials as the vaccine hub of the world


Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Balochistan

Four Pakistani soldiers were killed and five others injured in an IED blast in Balochistan province, intelligence sources said on Thursday


Amnesty worried over detention of artists in Bangladesh

Amnesty International has expressed deep concerns over the recent “arbitrary” detention and other forms of harassment of artists, who are facing increasing attacks on their right to freedom of…


Sri Lanka's airports reopen for commercial flights

The Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka informed the public that Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) will resume commercial flight…


Nepal’s economy loses $2.7 billion; $5.7 billion needed for revival

Nepal may need around $5.7 billion to put its economy back on track after it suffered a blow last year following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic


Bhutan to wait till March to start vaccination

Though Bhutan became the first to receive the Indian manufactured COVID-19 on Wednesday under Indian grant assistance, the country will wait for almost two months to start inoculating its…


Afghan MPs, government spar over budget

For weeks now the Afghan government has been struggling to get its annual budget passed by parliament


Maldives passes bill allowing elections in health emergency

The Maldives parliament on Tuesday passed a bill that could pave the way for the country’s election commission to hold local council elections during the public health emergency, Sun reported


Nepal Prime Minister Oli thanks Modi for vaccines

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday expressed his gratitude for India’s “generous grant of one million doses of COVID vaccine” to Nepal on Thursday


Biden's speechwriter Vinay Reddy makes Indian village proud

Villagers of Pothireddypeta in Karimnagar district of Telangana, about 200 km from Hyderabad, feel proud that Cholleti Vinay Reddy, an Indian American, has been appointed as the director of…


India's China policy - then and now

When India attained independence from British rule, Jawaharlal Nehru became the prime minister and remained in the job for around fourteen years till his end


Indian American rapper happy to represent community at Biden's inaugural galas

Grammy-nominated Indian-American rapper Raja Kumari feels proud to represent the India American community at the the AAPI Inaugural Ball: Breaking Barriers, and says she is looking forward to a…

Amazon ties up with Startup India to boost e-commerce exports

Amazon has partnered with Startup India to launch an accelerator programme to help early-stage startups in the consumer products space to launch in international markets and create global brands…

South Asia Monitor (SAM) is happy to platform and promote sponsored articles/interviews by South Asian businesses and those interested in doing business with and in South Asia. Please contact P S Mitra at info@spsindia.in



News Behind the News Special Studies

Tweets about SAMonitor
SAM Facebook

Newsletter Subscription

The subscriber's email address.
Stay informed - subscribe to our newsletter.