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Iran will continue its quest for strategic space in South Asia
But since the signing of the nuclear agreement, Iran has been steadily consolidating its sphere of influence. The Afghanistan-Pakistan region is too important for Iran and it will leave no stone unturned to gain a strategic space there, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor
India's northeastern insurgents: Shrinking support, battling inner conflicts
Incidents of ethnic clashes between different communities in Assam in the past point to the state of conflict and dissension on issues of geographical, cultural and emotional space amongst these communities/tribes, writes Kula Saikia for South Asia Monitor
Game of Smoke and Mirrors: Who blinks first?
In this game of smoke and mirrors, one can only hope and pray that a back channel mediated compromise can be worked out, writes Amb. Bhaswati Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

China's BRI has many question ...

OBOR is still evolving and has a long way to go. Of the 68 countries that attended, only 40 have ...


Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka: Woo...

The visit to Sri Lanka would also help Modi to further advance his strategy of isolating Pakistan...


The Chinese are coming: Is Ind...

Resisting China's grand encircling strategy, and its virtual overrunning of South Asia, a reg...


World can't remain unconcerned...

Any continued success of terrorists in Kashmir rings a warning bell for all countries around the ...


Border on edge Author Name There is less than meets the eye to the Indian Army’s statement, on Tuesday, that it has been targeting Pakista...

The Riyadh Snub Author Name In navigating the Saudi–Iran divide, Pakistan has tried to get the best of both worlds – as it should &nd...

Money laundering: RBI must tame urban cooperative credit societies’ account Author Name A report in ET by Sugata Ghosh shows how income-tax sleuths have unearthed a case of large-scale money laundering thr...

Defence policy has to be a joint effort between civilians and the military Author Name Speaking to a military audience in 1973, the eminent war historian Michael Howard said that he was tempted “to ...

Only State-funded programmes cannot revitalise India’s rivers No Image “There are many rivers in India, at least on the map, but they have no water. Many rivers have dried up. If we do not take up the responsibility of protecting rivers, it will cause great h...

We are so inured to anti-Muslim bias that we have forgotten Hashimpura Author Name Exactly 30 years ago, India witnessed ‘the worst custodial killings since independence’ as an armed segme...

The Riyadh Snub

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No coexistence with violence

It is a fundamental right of every nation, including Muslim countries that its boys and girls should be able to grow up free from fear, safe from violence, and innocent of hatred.

Fata deserves better

The tribespeople of Fata are fully committed to reforms in the region and the abolition of the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). But they also deserve the democratic right to be consulted and a...


Vote for status quo: on Nepal's local body elections

Results of the local body elections held in three of Nepal’s seven provinces on May 14 are still trickling in, but the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and the Nepali Co...

Taking a lead in the fight against terror

The PM’s leadership on terror deserves to be recognised, and Bangladesh’s leadership role at the anti-terror table should be unquestionable


Why is this anti-India demagoguery?

During the second half of the 19th century, Prussian historian Leopold Von Ranke popularized a school of thought known as Primacy of foreign policy, (Primat der Aussenpolitik) which called for t...

Who can guarantee Major Gogoi’s copycat human shield action won’t be repeated?

On a recent visit to the Valley, I learnt – through confidential conversations with various state actors – that Major NL Gogoi, the army officer who infamously tied Farooq Ahmed Dar,...


After Poll-Loss, Yameen Taunts ‘Divided Opposition’ Leaders To Return Home

After losing the much delayed, nationwide local council elections to the opposition MDP-led combine, President Abdulla Yameen last out them for their ‘divided past’ and taunted them ...

Acceptance is the first step in addressing corruption

For a small and developing society like ours, corruption could be the biggest challenge in the future if we do not cut the root and branch of it from early on.


spotlight image Vitaly A. Prima, Ambassador of Belarus to India for close to five years, is very enthusiastic about the future of bilateral relations as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic relations. Resident in New Delhi, Prima is also his country’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury
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Is it the Modi magic or Modi cult propelling the BJP to new heights with the opposition pulverised and decimated by the split vote banks of these parties in large parts of India? The BJP has gained five states in the assembly elections but lost Delhi and Bihar, writes Lalit Sethi
On April 9, the day of the election to the vacant Srinagar parliamentary seat, a cornered paramilitary unit in Budgam district called the army for assistance to secure a polling booth they were afraid would be run over by a mob.
Ignorance may not always be bliss. India has decided to ignore China's One Belt One Road initiative, which was launched recently in Beijing in the presence of the president of Delhi's 'all-weather friend' - Russia - as well as representatives from the United States of America, Europe and even Japan, a nation known for i
The Iranian question continues to keep the geopolitical sands of the Persian Gulf and much of West Asia fluid and unstable.
The response to such attacks always follows a script: Blanket coverage in the news media, brave words by leaders, forests of flowers at the scenes of attack, forensic reconstruction by the police, and a return to normalcy – until the next attack.

Jim Corbett was a British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist; who started off as an officer in the British army and attained the rank of a colonel. Frequently called in to kill man-eating tigers or leopards,...


Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221


Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599


  The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...


Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599

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