The cancellation of the National Security Adviser talks between Pakistan and India some days ago could lead to a further worsening of relations between the two nuclear-armed states; border skirmishes have already occurred since then.
New Delhi and Islamabad both are acutely aware that negotiation at the talks table is the only way to travel down the potholed peace road, however slow the journey may be, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor.
Those of us in Pakistan and India who would like the two countries to resolve issues, build bridges for peace and leave the history of conflicts for sober reflection are disappointed by the last-minute cancellation of the much-talked about National Security Advisers talks.
Though it may sound incredible given the latest diplomatic debacle, India and Pakistan had come close to an agreement on the most contentious issue of Kashmir a few years ago. It is yet another story of the lost opportunities that have afflicted this region.
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,