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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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US-China-India: A critical strategic triangle

Two major national elections – that in the USA  and China - have been  the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks and their outcome  have a very abiding relevance for India and the region. For India, both the US and China remain critical interlocutors and as per macro economic projections, these three countries will form a  distinctive strategic triangle of  the largest single state economies by about 2030– which is the equivalent of the near future writes C Uday Bhaskar

Arvind Kejriwal: Can he make an impact in politics?

No other individual has dominated the Indian political space more than Arvind Kejriwal in recent weeks. The reason is that he has done the unthinkable: levelled corruption charges against the family of Sonia Gandhi, the most powerful woman in India, and Nitin Gadkari, the Bharatiya Janata Party president writes Parthasarathy Chaganty

View from Beijing: Of silence and leadership change

 Exactly a week before the momentous top leadership change in China on November 8, wherein President Hu Jintao is expected to ceremonially pass the mantle to his successor Xi Jinping, I had occasion to be in Beijing, and the contrast with another major leadership change -- in distant U.S. (on November 6) -- was striking writes C Uday Bhaskar

Violence in Myanmar: Rakhine erupts again

On October 27, 2012, the New York-based Human Rights Watch made available satellite images which showed “near total destruction” of areas populated by Rohingya Muslims in Kyaukpyu Township, an area in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar. It is an area where fresh battles between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine’s Buddhists erupted on October 21 writes Obja Borah Hazarika

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