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Needed a radical new approach: South Asia ill-served by India-Pakistan hostility

Apart from the irrational rhetoric and flag-waving self-righteousness that marked the February exchanges between both countries, what stands out from the media discourse on both sides is the denial  of truth on the side of Pakistan and the shortsightedness in India to see beyond the manufactured triumphalism of its cross-border air strikes, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor 

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Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

At the end of the day, the long term solution to the tangled Kashmir issue lies  in the socio-political domain – within J&K ; between Delhi and Srinagar ; and between India-Pakistan and China. The stance adopted by Beijing in shielding the Pakistani 'deep state' (read military and security establishment) in its support to both terror groups and the ideology that nurtures it has been a major obstacle and this will be an abiding challenge for Delhi irrespective of who is the next Prime Minister of India, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

China’s double-faced diplomacy

Condemning the Pulwama attack, in which 45 men from the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in a ghastly attack claimed by the JeM, while vetoing the declaration of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a UN-designated global terrorist is meaningless, writes Anil Bhat for South Asia Monitor.

Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

Bangladesh is an important player among South Asian states for China’s political-military realism. Such strategic partnership with Dhaka provides Beijing with added leverage to check Indian forces, writes Mohammad Tarikul Islam for South Asia Monitor

Nepal’s Safe Motherhood Act falls short on several fronts

This Act contains nothing to control and limit the maternal deaths and address the concerns of poor and needy women, writes Jivesh Jha for South Asia Monitor

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