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Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday carnage: The unspoken Pakistan factor

So far, Al Qaeda or Al Qaeda in South Asia (AQIS) has been more active in this region. Post the Christchurch terror attacks, Al Qaeda issued a statement saying they would not attack religious places. But ISIS and Pakistan-based terror organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and others have no such inhibitions, writes Lt Gen Prakash Chand Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Four years after 26/11: Structural weaknesses and hate politics remain unaddressed

While there is cause for satisfaction that there has been no major terror attack in India since November 2008 and that the security forces – military, para-military and police – have been given additional resources by way of inventory and personnel (as in the case of the Coast Guard), the structural issues remain inadequately addressed writes C Uday Bhaskar

India's integration with Asia-Pacific: Roadmap and challenges

From India's perspective, it is noteworthy that the just concluded 21stAsean meeting, the 10th India-Asean Summit and the 7th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Cambodia were held in the backdrop of (a) the ongoing global economic recession; (b) increasing Chinese assertiveness in the region; (c) a redefined "pivotal" US policy in the Asia-pacific region; and (d) the preparations for the forthcoming India-Asean Commemorative Meeting in New Delhi in December writes Amb. Amar Nath Ram

Musharraf in Delhi: Cautious candidate, not seasoned leader

It is no surprise that there were no surprises at all when Pakistan’s former military President Pervez Musharraf spoke last week in New Delhi at the HT Leadership Summit. Having heard him several times in Washington during his lecture circuit at different think tanks in 2011, it was obvious he will be speaking as a “cautious candidate” writes Ravi Khanna

Myanmar: A long road ahead for democracy

One clear message that Aung San Suu Kyi has conveyed to India during her current visit is that she was “saddened” by democratic India having turned away from its earlier support to her and the forces of democracy in “Burma”, to arriving at a close relationship with the ruling junta in her country writes Amb. Preet Malik

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