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India-Australia ties: Time to change the vocabulary

As Indian President Ram Nath Kovind makes a state visit to Australia November 21, it should be remembered that no relationship can be crafted if it does not matter in their own right. Till Canberra recognizes this, we would remain trapped in the cauldron that the 3Cs (cricket-curry-Commonwealth) represent, writes Amb Amit Dasgupta (retd.) for South Asia Monitor

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SAARC nations need compromise, shared vision to revive South Asia's fortunes

The future viability of individual strategies will depend on the will and capacity of the regional nations to reach a compromise for a shared future vision, write Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor    

Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

Islamabad is not averse to the idea of China getting some control in the area as PoGB is a Shia majority area which seeks to secede from Pakistan, writes J K Verma for South Asia Monitor

Oman's growing importance in India's strategic calculations

PM Modi’s visit highlighted the strategic importance India accords Oman as an integral component of its re-invented ‘Act West’ policy, write Jatin Kumar and Hirak Jyoti Das for South Asia Monitor

CPEC to subjugate Balochistan, further Pakistani-Chinese strategic goals

Afghanistan, Balochistan, Bangladesh and India have been victims of Pakistani state terrorism since the division of India and creation of Pakistan. It is time these nations, the Gulf States, the leadership of the West including the USA and Europe and Japan review their dysfunctional policies of trying to appease China, Pakistan and Iran, writes Sobdar Baluch for South Asia Monitor

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Japan seeks to boost connectivity with India's Northeast

Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu has said his country is serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-eastern states by building roads and bridges.