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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’s disruptive n-tests: Time for realism 20 years later

The nuclear tests of 1998 constituted a major disruptive strategy to unfreeze an unsatisfactory status quo of nuclear apartheid, which was impeding India’s security and development in various ways, writes T.P.Sreenivasan for South Asia Monitor.

Marx has contemporary relevance for India

Some of the core observations made by Karl Marx about the orientation of human society and its inherent exploitative nature that increases inequality warrant deeper reflection, given the complex socio-economic and political turbulence that India is now grappling with, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

SCO must revisit its policy on Afghanistan

New Delhi has conveyed its readiness to work closely with SCO members in efforts to bring peace, prosperity and stability in Afghanistan. Any attempt to isolate India from Afghanistan at multilateral levels would only hamper the process, writes Gaurav Dixit for South Asia Monitor.

India-Nepal ties: Where diplomacy intersects with politics

Modi’s current engagement with Nepal goes much past the China factor. His visits to the Janaki, Pashupatinath and Muktinath temples have sent out a strong imagery of the shared historical and cultural linkages, writes Lekshmi Parameswaran 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

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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 ...

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