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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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How far will Pakistan use its Taliban leverage

The other reason for Pakistan’s growing confidence on the Afghan issue is the involvement of its biggest ally, China. It is a moot point whether Chinese diplomatic (also economic) presence in Afghanistan is in direct proportion to the declining American influence – even as Washington strives to promote its ‘pivot’ in Asia, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan is the real bully in the South Asian region

The world has piles of proofs of Pakistani sponsored terrorism in Afghanistan, India and Balochistan. Before Pakistan launches another 9/11, 26/11 and Afghan parliament type attacks, world must declare Pakistan as a terrorist state and impose tough sanctions on it, writes Sobdar Baloch for South Asia Monitor.

2016 for Afghanistan: Ominous spell will continue

Growing instability in Afghanistan has the potential of affecting not only the South Asian region, but the whole world. For peace to be given a chance in Afghanistan, integration of the disparate international and regional efforts that seek to reconcile the prevailing differences will be the best bet, writes Lt. Gen. Prakash Katoch (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.  

Walking the extra mile can be tough: India and Sri Lanka yet to resolve trade issues

Rarely do governments and Prime Ministers walk the extra-mile to back a trade or technical cooperation agreement with another country. In relations between India and Sri Lanka walking that extra mile for the leaders on both the sides has been difficult, writes N. Sathiya Moorthy 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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