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Channeling anger: Pulwama and the limits of Indian power and influence

We should be angry that we are unable to find a diplomatic or military solution to Pakistani intransigence, writes Amb. T.P. Sreenivasan(retd.) for South Asia Monitor.    

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Welcome to the Republic of Ironistan

It is perhaps time to rename Pakistan Ironistan, as in a country where ironies never seem to cease. It got rid of a Prime Minister who refused to reopen corruption cases against its President but in his place appointed someone who is himself defending bribery charges writes Mayank Chhaya

Myanmar: Winds of change stoke regional interest

The importance of Myanmar in India's foreign policy has been rising sharply. Public interest is at its peak, following the historic visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in end May. Deliberations on the subject in the academic and strategic community took place earlier in various parts of the country writes Rajiv Bhatia

Will U.S.-Pakistan relations survive current frostiness?

The United States and Pakistan have been allies since the 1950s, but there has always been some ambiguity over the values and interests that underpin their relationship. Taking a longer-term view, the relationship has proved the most effective means for the U.S. to realise its primary objective of defeating its arch rival, the former Soviet Union writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

Welcome measures to boost India's exports

The backdrop for Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma’s release of the annual supplement to the Foreign Trade Policy 2009-14 on June 5 was one of general gloom, given the burgeoning fiscal deficit (5.9 percent of GDP for FY 12), unsustainable current account deficit (4 percent of GDP for FY 12), a falling rupee, the sharp decline in GDP growth writes P Chaganty

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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

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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.

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