Multiple issues have compounded to bring tensions to near crisis point, with serious ramifications for domestic and bilateral relations. These include ongoing disagreement over territorial rights to the island of Kachchatheevu, frequent poaching by Indian fisherman in Sri Lankan waters, and the damaging economic and environmental effects of trawling, write Punsara Amarasinghe and Eshan Jayawardena for South Asia Monitor
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the world's fastest growing economy, and Emmanuel Macron, President of the world's most aggressive climate change saviour, have a rendezvous starting from March 9 in New Delhi.
An urgent and unambiguous response from New Delhi is warranted. It knows that if the Maldives is lost, a domino effect would follow. There is, of course, every danger that whatever action New Delhi adopts would draw the Maldives even closer to China, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor
Although cross-dressing is something which people in most societies are not comfortable with, in Afghanistan it is one form of victimizing women. For Afghan women, freedom has a very simple meaning: To avoid unwanted marriage and to be able to leave the house, writes Zarifa Sabet for South Asia Monitor
India-China civil-society dialogue on climate change, sustainable development
China has initiated early actions on the Wuhan summit between Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that stressed the need for people-to-people dialogue for the development of not only India and China but the whole world.