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Needed a radical new approach: South Asia ill-served by India-Pakistan hostility

Apart from the irrational rhetoric and flag-waving self-righteousness that marked the February exchanges between both countries, what stands out from the media discourse on both sides is the denial  of truth on the side of Pakistan and the shortsightedness in India to see beyond the manufactured triumphalism of its cross-border air strikes, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor 

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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  
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