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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In terms of India’s security, Sikkim remains a trend-setter and a model; India can’t afford to have insecure and ‘unhappy’ borders, when the northern neighbour is always ready to change the status quo, writes Claude Arpi for South Asia Monitor 

Will India play a bigger global role in 2019?

Uncertainty piles on the South Asia region where China wants to run a ring around India with its Belt-and-Road programme. Although its military controls the levers of power, Pakistan has a new civilian government that appears to be waiting for a change in Indian government to plot its next diplomatic move, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor. 

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A more confident New Delhi, therefore, is less diffident about standing up for itself vis-à-vis Beijing. With better leverage and an improved political relationship, India’s position, for example, may be aligned to Beijing on the Karmapa Lama, but New Delhi remains strongly opposed to Xi’s dream Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury for South Asia Monitor.

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