India's hyper-nationalist narratives helped Pakistan Army stay relevant

The warmongering narrative, primarily driven by the ruling party and the media at large, may fetch some electoral gains to the BJP  but it has proved to be welcome fodder for the Army in Pakistan as it tries to reinvent itself to remain relevant, writes Mayank Mishra for South Asia Monitor

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Whither UP? Where prejudice and polarisation trumps governance

If governance was about policies and decisions for public justice and welfare, the BJP showed through its chief administrator in the country's most electorally consequential state that law and order could be cynically subordinated to political expediency. And so what if Uttar Pradesh was at the bottom of the pile in the Human Development Index, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor  

Afghan girls battle for education: A conflict-hit government fails its obligations

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