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India-Australia ties: Time to change the vocabulary

As Indian President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to Australia November 21, it should be remembered that no relationship can be crafted if it does not matter in their own right. Till Canberra recognizes this, we would remain trapped in the cauldron that the 3Cs (cricket-curry-Commonwealth) represent, writes Amb Amit Dasgupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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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

Is hard Hindutva turning soft for elections?

Questions are being rightly raised as to why Modi and Bhagwat suddenly chose to extol the path of inclusiveness and pluralism - almost in concert - when the Hindu Right has all along sought to dub Islam and Christianity as “alien” faiths, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

India will find it difficult to match Chinese influence in the Maldives

Although Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party has won the elections, India must tread carefully as Beijing has successfully struck deep roots which will be difficult for the new government to uproot, writes J.K.Verma for South Asia Monitor

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.