Pakistan has a record of murky elections; this will be no different

That is an irony because the military has for decades been instrumental, directly or otherwise, in influencing the results of elections in Pakistan. In quite a few devastating instances, the army has subverted the results of elections which propelled popular politicians and parties to power or close to it, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

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Changing geopolitical dynamics of the Indo-Pacific

It is necessary to ensure that the Indo-Pacific narrative remains relevant, in the context of two important events: The reset taking place between India and China and, second, the thaw between Japan and China, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

India must not abandon its LCA project


India's decision to initiate a LCA-Navy programme acknowledged the talent and ingenuity of the country's aircraft designers and engineers, and aimed to energize the stagnant defence-technology base,  writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

Modi, Xi seek to mend fences, send across a message

The summit may not have had big ticket outcomes, but for Modi the optics could have significant dividends if the India-China border remains peaceful and some trade issues are fixed in the run-up to Indian election year, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

Kathua case offers BJP a chance to salvage image in Kashmir

The Kathua case has created a small of opportunity for the Modi government and BJP to do the right thing in the Valley. With new harsh laws introduced for rape and a promise to have an expedited court process for sexual assault cases, it might be appropriate to bring justice to the culprits of Kunan Poshpura (four personnel of the Rajputana Rifles allegedly mass raped women in two villages of Kunan and Poshpura in 1991 and justice for these women is still pending) and the Shopian rape and murder of two women in 2009, writes Prof. Reeta Tremblay for South Asia Monitor

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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,


UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...