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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Mobocracy; and the Indian State fails its citizens

What is disturbing and has very serious implications for the internal security fabric in the current times is a corrosive socio-political  ecosystem that is nurturing intolerance and hate by stoking religious sentiment. This  erupts as  sudden yet covertly organized violence which intimidates the target and,  more often than  not,  law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor 

A new broom in Pakistan: Will Imran follow a different tack with India?

What separates Khan from the leaders so far though is a point he also made in his speech. “I am that one Pakistani who has the most extensive familiarity with India. I have traveled across India because of cricket. I am that Pakistan who thinks that if relations between Pakistan and India are good, it can benefit the entire subcontinent, writes Mayank Chhaya for South Asia Monitor 

India, China woo Rwanda, the African frontier of Asian rivalry

India hopes Rwanda’s dynamic President Paul Kagame would better integrate the AU position on UNSC reform and support India’s candidature en bloc, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

CPEC helps Pakistan further Chinese interests and counter India

As far as Chinese interests are concerned, counterbalancing India in the South Asian region is the larger aim and Pakistan is a key to achieving that objective, writes Rashmi B R for South Asia Monitor

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Lowest solar tariff underpins India's clean energy transformation: IEEFA

Gujarat's 500 MW solar tender results have delivered India's record low tariff of Rs 2.44 per kilowatt and this underpins the country's transformation to clean energy, US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said on Tuesday.


Amid trade war, India looks to resume oil meal export to China

Amid the ongoing trade war between Beijing and Washington, an Indian business delegation on Wednesday held talks with Chinese oil meal importers as New Delhi looks to resume export of its crop b...