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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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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

India and Saudi Arabia: A growing partnership away from public glare

Away from public glare, India and Saudi Arabia have collaborated in defence and security related domains, a vital ingredient in stabilising the shared region afflicted by terror and extremism. Suffice to say that despite occasional variance in their perceptions, the two sides are determined to deny their soil being used for such purposes, writes Amb Mahesh Sachdev (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor     

Culture could build bonds and ease tensions in South Asia

Culture can act as an element in strategy building and diplomacy in the region to promote better integration within South Asia, writes Pratikshaa Pathak for South Asia Monitor

Local-body polls must be held in Jammu & Kashmir: Government must not succumb to pressure

The situation is not as grim as the NC and PDP would have us believe. In fact, there is a groundswell of joy in the Jammu region for conduct of these elections. The situation in the Valley is manufactured and can be brought under control, writes Anil Gupta 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.

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Iran, India discuss trade cooperation under US sanctions

India and Iran discussed ways of continuing biliateral trade under reimposed US sanctions, Eghtesad Online news website reported.

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