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As catastrophe looms, Idlib awaits its fate

The likely consequences of an offensive are displacement of around 900,000 people, a bloodbath in Idlib and rise of terrorist activities around the region, writes Lakshmi Priya for South Asia Monitor 

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Vajpayee, a voice of sanity lost along the way

It was the summer of 1996. The Congress government of Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao had lost the general election and, for the first time, there was an opportunity for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by the moderate and well liked Atal Bihari Vajpayee, of coming to power.

Spiritual underpinnings of independence movement

Mahatma Gandhi more than anybody else also epitomized the spiritual underpinnings of our Freedom struggle. He was a spiritual human being and a great Karma Yogi.

Uttarakhand, an intriguing case of Hindutva politics

If we want to deconstruct Hindutva, we need to look at is regional avatars – its many regional Hindutvas. Uttarakhand is a case in point.  

Kashmir’s leaders must stop threatening the administration and strive for peace

Kashmiri leaders would be well advised to become contributors to the peace process rather than disruptors, writes Brig Anil Gupta

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Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.

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Chinese company bids for monorail in Kathmandu

A Chinese company has submitted the feasibility study report of a proposed monorail in Kathmandu city, taking forward China’s efforts to develop infrastructure in Nepal, as they are seekin...

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