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Needed a radical new approach: South Asia ill-served by India-Pakistan hostility

Apart from the irrational rhetoric and flag-waving self-righteousness that marked the February exchanges between both countries, what stands out from the media discourse on both sides is the denial  of truth on the side of Pakistan and the shortsightedness in India to see beyond the manufactured triumphalism of its cross-border air strikes, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor 

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Tahir-ul-Qadri and the democratic process in Pakistan

The dramatic arrival of a Pakistani cleric, Allama Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, from Canada where he had been settled since many years created quite a stir though no major upheaval. At least 1000,000 men, women and children joined the long march which began in Lahore and reached Islamabad on 14 January writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

Afghan Peace Talks– The French Connection

About twenty Afghans from the quasi-governmental High Peace Council (HPC), the  main political opposition parties in Afghanistan, the Taliban, as well as and the Hezb-e-Islami militant group met at Chantilly, fifty kilometers north of Paris to break ice and make way for more meaningful talks between the Afghan government and the main Taliban group belonging to the Quetta Shura writes Monish Gulati

Subcontinent: How long will frost last?

In spite of the shrill jingoism played out 24x7 on the Indian visual media and by a opportunistic political opposition, India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, took seven days to send a warning to Pakistan over the beheading of an Indian soldier and the killing as well as mutilation of another on the Line of Control. Insiders indicate that the mild-mannered and soft-spoken Singh was “seething” at Islamabad’s stubborn refusal over the week to accept responsibility for the barbaric act writes Rashmi Saksena

India's strategic and security challenges in 2013

Internal security in India is far from adequate, and while this is of immediate relevance for the common man, the larger spectrum of national security challenges also needs to be reviewed in a holistic manner writes C. Uday Bhaskar

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