India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution with Russia

That this cooperation with the USA does not imply a dilution of the India-Russia relationship is reflected in the fact that the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma  Swaraj was in Moscow (Sep 14)  to further technical and economic cooperation. Later, in October, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in India for the annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

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New Kashmir governor needs to curb radicalisation of youth

In a society engulfed in conflict for three decades, a perceived sense of discrimination, false promises, lack of role models and opportunities, denial of justice, harassment by security forces and fear of losing their monolithic culture are driving youth towards radicalisation, writes Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through negotiations

Washington should press Pakistan to compel the Taliban to negotiate and reach a peaceful solution. With Pakistan’s economy in the doldrums, potent pressure may work, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor

India’s Economic Vision 2022 can lift living standards of South Asia

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Kerala floods: Grave challenge and a window of opportunity

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

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Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

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