Kabul flux a foreign policy challenge for India

At the just concluded Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, India's Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale asserted that India was now  pursuing a policy of "issue-based alignment". How this will translate into effective policy in  relation to Afghanistan will be the litmus test of India's claim to being a relevant power in the regional calculus, writes C Uday Bhaskar in South Asia Monitor 

More on Spotlight

Peace cannot return to Kashmir till Sufism returns

J&K is renowned for its composite culture and multi-religious society. Most Muslims in Kashmir do not favour a monolithic Kashmir but want a heterogeneous, composite Kashmir. Fear of the gun and the terror of Jamaat-e-Islami and Ahle Hadith prevents them from openly airing their views, writes Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

Can Afghan peace be achieved in a hurry?

India has intensified discussions with other stakeholders, including China and Russia, to reiterate their collective stance in ensuring that the peace process in Afghanistan is both Afghan-owned and Afghan-led, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.    

India in 2019: Will it live up to its potential?

There is a growing perception that the ruling BJP may not be able to repeat its performance of securing a majority of its own in the Lok Sabha (House of People or lower house of parliament) because its record of governance is not perceived to be up to the mark and its ideology of religious division is not acceptable to the larger mass of Indians, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

The return of Sheikh Hasina: A role model for South Asia

The Hasina government has a secular vision. It has amended some of the constitutional provisions to restore the democratic credentials of the country. Since she got elected for the second time and, continuously since then,  Hasina has dealt firmly with extremist and religious fundamentalist forces, cracking down on Islamist and terror cells, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor  
Tweets about SAMonitor
SAM Facebook

Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.