India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

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Timely signal from Washington: India moves closer to NSG membership

Washington demonstrated through this waiver for India (which remains outside the NPT regime) that India is a vital ally in maintaining international peace and security.  This, in turn, expands India’s strategic space, writes Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.

Mobocracy; and the Indian State fails its citizens

What is disturbing and has very serious implications for the internal security fabric in the current times is a corrosive socio-political  ecosystem that is nurturing intolerance and hate by stoking religious sentiment. This  erupts as  sudden yet covertly organized violence which intimidates the target and,  more often than  not,  law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor 

A new broom in Pakistan: Will Imran follow a different tack with India?

What separates Khan from the leaders so far though is a point he also made in his speech. “I am that one Pakistani who has the most extensive familiarity with India. I have traveled across India because of cricket. I am that Pakistan who thinks that if relations between Pakistan and India are good, it can benefit the entire subcontinent, writes Mayank Chhaya for South Asia Monitor 

India, China woo Rwanda, the African frontier of Asian rivalry

India hopes Rwanda’s dynamic President Paul Kagame would better integrate the AU position on UNSC reform and support India’s candidature en bloc, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  


Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, accordin...