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India's hyper-nationalist narratives helped Pakistan Army stay relevant

The warmongering narrative, primarily driven by the ruling party and the media at large, may fetch some electoral gains to the BJP  but it has proved to be welcome fodder for the Army in Pakistan as it tries to reinvent itself to remain relevant, writes Mayank Mishra for South Asia Monitor

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Pulwama-Balakot can be defining moment for India in a long drawn out war

Balakot has a significant symbolism to it, in that it marks the assertion  and resolve of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use air power in a counter-terror operation  and thereby test the formulation that this would automatically lead to rapid military escalation, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor 

What the India-Bangladesh military exercises signify

The aim of the exercise, much like the current state of bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh, is to increase mutual cooperation, bonhomie and camaraderie between the two armies, through interoperability and joint tactical exercises, writes Anil Bhat for South Asia Monitor

The long shadow of Taliban hangs over Afghanistan

Another major concern about the prospect of the Taliban returning to power is the issue of women’s rights, writes Sarbhanu Nath for South Asia Monitor

India reaping strategic dividend of enhanced ties with Saudi Arabia

There is little doubt that Riyadh leaned heavily on Islamabad first to release and return the Indian Air Force pilot Wing Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman, who had ejected into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir when his aircraft was hit by a Pakistani jet, and then to de-escalate tensions by beginning to show verifiable action against terrorists it has been harbouring, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

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