India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution with Russia

That this cooperation with the USA does not imply a dilution of the India-Russia relationship is reflected in the fact that the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma  Swaraj was in Moscow (Sep 14)  to further technical and economic cooperation. Later, in October, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be in India for the annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

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Imran’s new government: Old hands provide hope for improved India ties

Looking beyond slogans, Khan’s use of tried old hands may appear opportunistic and a compromise, but it is useful for key policy areas, including ties with India. While Khan himself has close links with many people in India, the presence of old hands in his party and the government should be viewed positively, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

Illegal immigration issue will remain a political football in India till 2019

It was in 1997 that the then Assam Governor, Lt. Gen. (retd) S.K. Sinha, wrote to the President of India that there were over 4 million Bangladeshis living in Assam illegally and action should be taken to send them back, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor

India at 71: Mood not exactly upbeat

The BJP's perceived policy - which has alienated a good number of people who supported Modi in 2014 due to his promises of “vikas” (development) - is that it is dividing the nation on religious and even caste lines, writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor

I-Day reflection: Is the law failing India's citizens?

Citizenship in India is no longer equal and  the law, alas, is not applied equitably.  On its 71st independence anniversary one cannot ignore the conjecture  that  India,  which had  determinedly rejected the two-nation theory  in August 1947, is now  moving towards it in a visible manner, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor

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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.


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...