Can India become a global beacon for democracy? Yes, if....

I believe India is poised to move centrestage as an exemplar of and worldwide advocate for democracy.  I say this recognizing that India as a nation and democracy is far from perfect.  It has numerous problems that need to be addressed in order to don the mantle of a democratic leader, writes Frank F Islam for South Asia Monitor

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India must balance Indo-Pacific policy between China and US

India needs to have a reasonable relationship with China, but not allow its external outreach to be dictated by Beijing’s sensitivities. Similarly, while ties have strengthened with the US, there will be economic issues and geo-political issues like Iran where New Delhi will not toe Washington’s line, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

Extrajudicial killings threaten Bangladesh’s human rights

There have been allegations from different human rights groups that this illegal practice (of killing off criminals in alleged crossfire) has also been used to suppress political opponents in Bangladesh, writes Muhammad Ubaidul Haque for South Asia Monitor

No harm inviting Pakistani army chief for talks

To prove that India is not unreasonable, there may be no harm in Indian Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, inviting his counterpart, Gen Qamar Bajwa. If things actually improve from Pakistan’s side, it may mean a miracle and, if they do not, which is most likely, then India should inform the world yet again about Pakistan’s duplicity as seen in the past.

Africa looms large now on India's foreign policy radar

India’s outreach comes in the backdrop of China’s considerable influence and presence among the 55 countries of the African continent. These countries will also have a crucial say in India’s bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council, whenever that expansion takes place, writes Ranjana Narayan for South Asia Monitor

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Tackling e-waste: UNSW's Indo-Australian scientist offers to help India

Indo-Australian scientist Veena Sahajwalla, whose pioneering invention of the world’s first micro factory to tackle e-waste has generated global attention, says the technology can be deployed in areas of Delhi like Seelampur and Mayapuri, home to hundreds of MSMEs, to help ‘kabadiwallas’, the traditional waste collect


India’s urban agenda one of the defining projects of 21st century: Minister

“India’s urban agenda will constitute one of the defining projects of the 21st century,” Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri told the High Level Political Forum on ...