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Better civil-military relations needed for improved security of Indian state

An area with grave but hidden implications for national security is civil-military relations (CMR), whose crucial significance seems to have eluded India’s post-independence rulers.  A key feature of current CMR in India is the huge perceptional gap that exists between the two sides, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.  

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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.

Sri Lanka: Working towards power devolution

Reforms in Sri Lanka would have a greater chance of success only in a more democratic political environment, and the incumbent government which appears to be disposed in favor of a constitutional change will have to work harder to make this transition possible for the island nation, writes Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.

Thwarting the threat of nuclear terrorism: India can lead the way

India, situated in one of the most violent expanses in the world, is afflicted by externally foisted terror. Notwithstanding Pakistan’s myopic anti-India policies and even China’s subtle machinations towards it, India will have to take the lead in making South Asia a nuclear-terror free zone, writes Lt. Gen. Kamal Davar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.

The dirty linen: Ominous implications of China's implicit support of Pak-sponsored terrorism

Protecting its protégé Pakistan, ostensibly for its own gains, China’s wilful ignorance of the wrongdoings that emanate from the former’s soil does not bode well for the region, and even the world, writes Lt. Gen. P.C. Katoch (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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