Nepal should not become a geopolitical chessboard

The geopolitical stakes for Nepal vis-à-vis regional and global powers considering its strategic location are very high. Nepal should be careful not to get dragged into great power politics, writes Gaurab Shumsher Thapa for South Asia Monitor

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India needs a CDS to fashion requisite nuclear response

India needs a counter to Pakistan’s TNWs (tactical nuclear weapons) and nuclear-capable SH-15 155 mm howitzers that China would have already deployed along the Line of Actual Control with India. It would be naïve to think that India has not been giving due thought to this aspect, writes  Lt Gen P. C. Katoch (retd)

Can India really talk to a duplicitous Pakistan?

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Whither UP? Where prejudice and polarisation trumps governance

If governance was about policies and decisions for public justice and welfare, the BJP showed through its chief administrator in the country's most electorally consequential state that law and order could be cynically subordinated to political expediency. And so what if Uttar Pradesh was at the bottom of the pile in the Human Development Index, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor  

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.