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The dichotomy in Bangladesh: Democracy or development

By narrowing the space for dissent and dichotomizing values, the ruling Awami League has effectively defanged the opposition, media as well as ordinary people writes Rishija Singh for South Asia Monitor

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

Even 14 years after the Taliban regime collapsed there were no big changes in girls' education in the country and a report showed that in 2015 an estimated 3.5 million children were out of school in Afghanistan and 85 per cent of them were girls, writes Zarifa Sabet for South Asia Monitor 

Modi must stay true to Constitution to burnish dented image

Playing the Hindutva card and stoking emotive issues such as cow vigilantism, beef-lynching and the Ram temple have not enthused the  Indian voter in the manner that the BJP expected, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor    

Pakistan planned Kartarpur as a corridor of deceit, not peace

The presence of Khalistan protagonist Gopal Singh Chawla in the Kartarpur ceremony also amplifies the mala fide intention of Pakistan. Khan also made it clear that Kashmir is the only bone of contention between India and Pakistan and did not mention anything about cross-border terrorism, writes J K Verma for South Asia Monitor

Modi-Xi meeting at G-20 injects positive energy in India-China ties

Irritants that have strained the bilateral relationship have been gradually melting with the personal confabulations between the two leaders, most noticeably in fields of business and trade, writes Manisha Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor.

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