An area with grave but hidden implications for national security is civil-military relations (CMR), whose crucial significance seems to have eluded India’s post-independence rulers. A key feature of current CMR in India is the huge perceptional gap that exists between the two sides, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.
It is not harmony and optics which have driven both China and India to re-engage more closely with each other, particularly after 2017’s bruising faceoff at Doklam plateau; it is sheer compulsion, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor
I believe India is poised to move centrestage as an exemplar of and worldwide advocate for democracy. I say this recognizing that India as a nation and democracy is far from perfect. It has numerous problems that need to be addressed in order to don the mantle of a democratic leader, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor
The Narendra Modi government’s approach towards even complex issues in the neighbourhood has occasionally been excessively simplistic, and there has been too much focus on the optics, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor
There is a need to act soon. Out of an estimated 243 terrorists operating in Kashmir only 60 are foreigners and the rest indigenous. In less than six months, 75 young men joined terrorism in Kashmir. Some were highly educated and many were employed as well. Their number is swelling, writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor
In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change
In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,