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Valley’s song of sorrow

And so it came to pass... Two months ago, Kashmir on the surface was at its glorious best, overflowing with tourists from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. Yet all was not well, and as very often happens, everything changed overnight. Burhan Wani’s killing was only the catalyst, or excuse, given the subterranean anger, hatred and alienation. Something was always waiting to happen. The status quo we banked on favoured the other side more than us. And now, Pakistan, always ready to fish in Kashmir’s troubled waters, is all over us. Lashkar and Jaish are calling the shots. Unwittingly, Burhan Wani’s killing has become Kashmir’s Bastille Day moment.

Is India dipping its toes in the Syrian mess?

India’s policy on the Middle East has so far served Indian domestic interests well, despite some observers criticising the government for not addressing the humanitarian issues in the region. However fast changing geopolitical developments, falling price of oil, energy security, regional security implications and the impact on Indians working abroad in the Middle East would compel the government to make sure its current policy adapts to these changes, writes Monish Gulati for South Asia Monitor.

Kashmir’s summer of discontent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to escalate the rhetoric on Pakistan’s vulnerabilities to include them in his Independence Day address is, by all accounts, a tactical exercise meant to send the signal that two can play the game Islamabad has been playing for long. He had forewarned of his new approach at the all-party meeting he held on Kashmir.

Of Baloch narrative and Kashmir cauldron

The Balochistan narrative of oppression has been going on for decades ever since Pakistan took over this province. It would gain credence in Kashmir only when Kashmiris would trust that India is protecting them on the border as well as in the hinterland. Balochistan should be seen beyond the tit-for-tat narrative.

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Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection

The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee


Nepal's economy expanding, GDP growth 6.3 per cent: IMF

On February 8, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Nepal.