India, Sri Lanka must resolve fishery dispute bilaterally

Multiple issues have compounded to bring tensions to near crisis point, with serious ramifications for domestic and bilateral relations. These include ongoing disagreement over territorial rights to the island of Kachchatheevu, frequent poaching by Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan waters, and the damaging economic and environmental effects of trawling, write Punsara Amarasinghe and Eshan Jayawardena for South Asia Monitor

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Kathua case offers BJP a chance to salvage image in Kashmir

The Kathua case has created a small of opportunity for the Modi government and BJP to do the right thing in the Valley. With new harsh laws introduced for rape and a promise to have an expedited court process for sexual assault cases, it might be appropriate to bring justice to the culprits of Kunan Poshpura (four personnel of the Rajputana Rifles allegedly mass raped women in two villages of Kunan and Poshpura in 1991 and justice for these women is still pending) and the Shopian rape and murder of two women in 2009, writes Prof. Reeta Tremblay for South Asia Monitor

India, like Japan, should be more flexible on BRI

Japan’s attitude towards the BRI has important lessons for India; that it should be more open towards China’s Belt and Road Initiative. With China’s insistence that BCIM is a part of BRI, India has cooled to the BCIM, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

Backing Uzbek peace process, US hopes to check China, Russia in Afghanistan

The US has its own geopolitical goals for engineering the peace process by Uzbekistan; it will open the gateway for Afghanistan to the new world market. By encouraging an alliance between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan,  access routes through Central Asia would be available, lessening Kabul’s dependence on Russia, Pakistan, and Iran, writes Bawa Singh for South Asia Monitor.

Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

While dramatic decisions cannot be ruled out, given the fact that Modi especially needs to take back some tangibles from a much-hyped summit as he approaches crucial national elections, there is also the danger of raising undue expectations, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

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India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development

China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.


Indias growth story is treading on thin ice

By all estimates, the Indian economy has entered a phase of recovery. After a period of subdued growth that was marred by a spate of disruptions, India has regained the fastest-growing major eco...