The situation started to change after the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Indian security agencies recognized the vulnerability of its coastline and significance of developing ties with Gulf countries for preventing future incursions. Saudi Arabia, facing internal security challenges from Islamist terrorist cells, came across as a willing partner, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor
India’s democracy needs course correction on a war footing. Rhetoric and rabble rousing are no substitute for informed debate and meaningful public discourse, writes A. Prasanna Kumar for South Asia Monitor
The army restores near normalcy, at a big cost in soldiers’ lives and peoples’ goodwill and, on each occasion, politicians in Delhi and Srinagar belie the peoples’ hope that they will step in with a panacea for Kashmir, writes Admiral Arun Prakash (retd.) for South Asia Monitor
Millions of Indians in Assam, often surviving on basic subsistence, have no access to historical documentation to establish citizenship claims. Even people with legitimate documents proving their citizenship status were not registered because of technical reasons like spelling mistakes or different names being used in various documents, writes Anil Bhat for South Asia Monitor
It was Modi’s second visit to the continent. In 2016, he had visited Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa. In visiting Rwanda and Uganda a year after announcing that Africa is ‘top priority’ for his government’s foreign and economic policy, Modi completed an Indian diplomatic outreach to the countries of East Africa, writes Saroj Mohanty for South Asia Monitor
For creating an ecologically-friendly environment in Pakistan
Unchecked urbanisation, overpopulation, tap water mixed with sewage water, raw industrial domestic effluents going straight into River Ravi without any cleansing process. Depleting ground water without adequate recharge of ground aquifers.