India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

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2+2 dialogue will strengthen Indo-US convergences

For the Indian government, the 2+2 dialogue with the United States is among the most significant engagements of the year, on par with the “informal summits” at Wuhan and Sochi, with the Chinese and Russian leadership, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor

Governor’s rule in J&K must take hard decisions - and act on them

Strong action must be taken during Governor’s rule to retrieve the seriously contaminated part of the Kashmir Valley, which not only affects the state but also the country’s security, writes Anil Bhat for South Asia Monitor

New Kashmir governor needs to curb radicalisation of youth

In a society engulfed in conflict for three decades, a perceived sense of discrimination, false promises, lack of role models and opportunities, denial of justice, harassment by security forces and fear of losing their monolithic culture are driving youth towards radicalisation, writes Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor

While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through negotiations

Washington should press Pakistan to compel the Taliban to negotiate and reach a peaceful solution. With Pakistan’s economy in the doldrums, potent pressure may work, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor

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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  


Time to breathe life into India's languishing business environment

In a refreshing change of pace for the government, which has been reeling under challenging economic circumstances, the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business report provided some resp...