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The Pulwama terrorist attack and its aftermath - good, bad and ugly! By Anil Bhat

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with 350 kg of explosives into a bus, part of a large security convoy, carrying 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), killing them all.

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Pulwama: CHRI calls for swift action against perpetrators

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has expressed deep grief at the terrible terror attack in Pulwama

The calculated attack at Pulwama: Kashmir on front-burner before Saudi visit
By Tarun Basu

The calculated attack on a security convoy in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir that killed nearly 40 troopers was timed for a big visit to the region - that of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who begins a visit to South Asia this week with a trip to Pakistan. 

Development is vital to safeguard small states
By Md. Zaki Faisal

In terms of non-traditional security, development is probably the best factor to reduce security threats. In the present era of global diplomacy, small states security mostly depends on development.

Gandhi's little-known interlocutor: An Australian without an 'imperial' past (Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948)
Kama Maclean

Casey’s willingness to meet with Gandhi and members of the Congress Working Committee was significant, in that it opened the path for a recalibration of the construction of the Congress leaders as ‘rebels’ after their release from prison.

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