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Need to win hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people By Brij Bhardwaj

As such we should  understand that we not only need to  use force to neutralise militants but at same time make  every effort to  win hearts and minds of Kashmiri people.

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Modi must address important concerns over the next year
By Sudip Bhattacharyya

Institutions of good governance are crumbling due to pressure from the Modi government - this is another concern which Modi must address, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya  for South Asia Monitor

Immortalising a saint-reformer-revolutionary's teachings
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The details of Guru's renunciation of family life, his mediation in the wilderness, his interaction with people of different strata of society, his building of temples and fight against untouchability fit into the making of a saint revolutionary.

Bridging the gap: Connecting Sikkim to Tibet will be win-win for both India and China
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Commerce, Culture and Connectivity are the three pillars of India’s robust engagement with South-East Asia and good road connectivity is one crucial requisite for such close interface.

Changing world order presents an opportunity for India
By Amit Kapoor

The contrasting events that transpired in the cities of Quebec and Qingdao over the weekend signalled the immediacy of the changing world order.

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Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection

The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee

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Nepal's economy expanding, GDP growth 6.3 per cent: IMF

On February 8, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Nepal.

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