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The Pulwama terrorist attack and its aftermath - good, bad and ugly! By Anil Bhat

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with 350 kg of explosives into a bus, part of a large security convoy, carrying 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), killing them all.

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India must raise Tibet issue to counter China’s claims on Arunachal
By N.S.Venkataraman

By adopting a weak foreign policy towards China, to keep it in good humour in the case of Tibet, India is now paying a heavy price, with its own territory Arunachal Pradesh now being claimed by China, writes N.S.Venkataraman

View from the other side

With tensions rising between India and Pakistan after the recent terror attack in Kashmir, the Pakistan-based Jinnah Institute published the views of key experts on the situation and the trajectory of India-Pakistan relations:

Need to win hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people
By Brij Bhardwaj

As such we should  understand that we not only need to  use force to neutralise militants but at same time make  every effort to  win hearts and minds of Kashmiri people.

The futility of war
Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed

Sahir Ludhianvi composed this poem after the 1965 India-Pakistan War. Its message is as relevant as it was then: only both sides are laced with nuclear weapons.

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