India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

More on Spotlight

Joint India-China training of Afghan diplomats: Who gains?

Running a joint India-China program to train Afghan diplomats may be good for projecting China as a benign power, but it is a far cry from initiating a joint economic project in Afghanistan, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor

Corruption and development: Bangladesh bridge collapse is a familiar story

In Bangladesh, it is easy to find many such stories of superficial development. Development cannot be sustained in the long term because it takes place using substandard material, mainly due to corruption and lack of good governance, writes Minhazur Rahman Rezvi for South Asia Monitor  

India, China must cooperate to bring stability to Afghanistan

Beijing should not allow the Pakistani 'deep state' to dictate its links with India, especially in the context of cooperation in Afghanistan, writes  Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

India, EU need to move towards a dynamic relationship

Indian policymakers are aware that the constant and creative tension between the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the foreign policy priorities of the bigger EU member states needs to be addressed internally. The reluctance to give priority to relations with India over China is baffling, asks Amb Bhaswati Mukherjee (Retd.) in South Asia Monitor

Tweets about SAMonitor
SAM Facebook

Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  


Time to breathe life into India's languishing business environment

In a refreshing change of pace for the government, which has been reeling under challenging economic circumstances, the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business report provided some resp...