Why Riyadh and Delhi are getting closer

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

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Kashmir: Can the nation win back Kashmiri hearts and minds? (Indian Independence Day Special)

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  

Assam citizenship issue resolution requires political will; deportation not an option

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

India’s Africa priority: Aligning strategy with Africa’s plans

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

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Fitch raises India's FY19 GDP growth forecast to 7.8%

US multinational Fitch Ratings on Friday raised India's GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.8 per cent, up from their earlier estimate of 7.4 per cent, indicating, however, that ...