Can India become a global beacon for democracy? Yes, if....

I believe India is poised to move centrestage as an exemplar of and worldwide advocate for democracy.  I say this recognizing that India as a nation and democracy is far from perfect.  It has numerous problems that need to be addressed in order to don the mantle of a democratic leader, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor

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Economy of Islamic fundamentalism poses threat to Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami continues to be a potent force despite being weakened politically largely due to its economic prowess. The radical Islamic group operates diverse organisations creating a sprawling network of financial institutions and operations, writes Rupak Bhattacharjee for South Asia Monitor.

Half the sky is still dark: Marital rape in South Asia

In a region where discrimination against women runs rampant, and in a great deal of cases is ignored on the grounds of traditions and customs, stability and harmony will continue to elude South Asia for as long as attempts are not made to treat 'half the sky' in a way the other half is, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor

India and Maldives: A make or break visit

While India seems desirous and even more serious about the return of normalcy and stability in the ecologically shaky Indian Ocean archipelago, it can be expected to urge President Yameen to keep to the narrow and straight path, both in domestic politics and geo-strategic diplomatic relations, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

Baloch Liberation Charter: A contract for freedom from a repressive Pakistan

World has high expectations from the genuine leadership of Baloch nation to play a key role in upholding world peace and combating religious extremism. It is time that the world supports the call for liberation of Balochistan from the repressive Pakistani regime, and in doing this, the Baloch Liberation Charter can lead the way, writes Sobdar Baluch for South Asia Monitor.

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Tackling e-waste: UNSW's Indo-Australian scientist offers to help India

Indo-Australian scientist Veena Sahajwalla, whose pioneering invention of the world’s first micro factory to tackle e-waste has generated global attention, says the technology can be deployed in areas of Delhi like Seelampur and Mayapuri, home to hundreds of MSMEs, to help ‘kabadiwallas’, the traditional waste collect


India’s urban agenda one of the defining projects of 21st century: Minister

“India’s urban agenda will constitute one of the defining projects of the 21st century,” Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri told the High Level Political Forum on ...