Pakistan has a record of murky elections; this will be no different

That is an irony because the military has for decades been instrumental, directly or otherwise, in influencing the results of elections in Pakistan. In quite a few devastating instances, the army has subverted the results of elections which propelled popular politicians and parties to power or close to it, writes Syed Badrul Ahsan for South Asia Monitor

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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 

Sino-Russian axis moves India to secure other friendships

India has heavily reordered its policies to survive against the (Sino-Russian) axial threat - reliance on past sentimentalism and old friendships is being challenged by the new global geostrategic environmental revamp, writes Adrij Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor

Why communal prejudice and hatred can threaten India's future

The polemics over rape and the growing polarisation of the national discourse is a battle for the soul of India, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...