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India–Pakistan power play 2019: A Sri Lankan perspective By Piyumi Fonseka

The Indian subcontinent is home to two of the largest armies on Earth. Not only are the armies of India and Pakistan among the world's largest, but they have stood on alert facing one another since the dissolution of the British Indian Army in 1947.

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Meghalaya's mining death traps: Government should give them alternative skills
By Apoorva Sabavath

These rat-hole mines have turned into death traps for the workmen, as was evident in the recent mining tragedy in which 15 miners lost their lives despite months of search and rescue operation. 

India must raise Tibet issue to counter China’s claims on Arunachal
By N.S.Venkataraman

By adopting a weak foreign policy towards China, to keep it in good humour in the case of Tibet, India is now paying a heavy price, with its own territory Arunachal Pradesh now being claimed by China, writes N.S.Venkataraman

View from the other side

With tensions rising between India and Pakistan after the recent terror attack in Kashmir, the Pakistan-based Jinnah Institute published the views of key experts on the situation and the trajectory of India-Pakistan relations:

Need to win hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people
By Brij Bhardwaj

As such we should  understand that we not only need to  use force to neutralise militants but at same time make  every effort to  win hearts and minds of Kashmiri people.

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