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What next for Modiís BJP? Perform or perish!
 Development has to be the core agenda of governance and the aspirations of the people the guiding principle for planning, writes Brig. Anil Gupta (Retd) for South Asia Monitor.
The strategic importance of Sheikh Hasina's visit: India must help strengthen her position
 India must assist Sheikh Hasina so that her position is strengthened in her country and, in turn, Bangladesh would help India in isolating terror-sponsor Pakistan and curbing Islamic terrorism in the region, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor.
Cancellation of Saudi king's Maldives visit: A message for Yameen?
In the cancellation of Saudi King Salman's visit, it's too early to say if the Maldivian voters would see it as Islam's 'Eldest Brother's' silent criticism of President Abdulla Yameen's leadership, writes N Sathiya Moorthy for South Asia Monitor.

Delaying the Constitution amen...

 It is high time Nepal's major parties come together to address the concerns of the agit...


Should India be playing the 'T...

India should avoid a prior sanction from PRC or keeping PRC in the loop for all its dealings with...


India's aerospace industry: In...

 India has two biennial air shows but little to show in terms of indigenous aerospace manufa...


'None Of The Above' option: Th...

NOTA is certainly one step forward in the direction of fulfilling the fundamental commitments the...


Toxic policies and terror hits: Study the link Author Name minster Bridge, a woman was photographed walking past a small group of people attending to an injured victim. In sequ...

Bend it like Dhaka Author Name India must learn to respect Bangladesh and what it has to offer The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, ...

Rising NPA's threat to economy Author Name Taming India’s bad loan crisis is like taming the Amazonian wild. Recapitalisation, re-schedulement of loan, on...

Bangladesh should make country a better place for disabled Author Name The government, civil society, NGOs, disability rights organisations, mass media, academicians and intellectuals have...

Overcoming water woes No Image Two developments that are apparently unconnected but really related have to be taken with seriousness. The first is a recent Uttarakhand High Court order declaring the Ganga and the Yamuna river...

Halting the welfare state No Image Universal Basic Income (UBI) could replace Central schemes which have many socio-economic benefits.  

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Has Afghanistan Become America's Afghanistan?

Fifteen years and counting.  America’s longest war keeps getting longer.  The very duration of the expedition, with an end no more in sight now than it had been at any of several...

A premature victory lap

AT present, there exist two opposing narratives of Pakistan’s economic performance. The rosier one, predicting great things to come, is perpetuated by the government’s economic man...


Credit due

Although Nepali commercial banks have 1,250 branches, they disburse less than 2.5 percent of total agriculture loan ?Credit is one important input to increase agriculture production and producti...

To add to our history

Genocide Day is a great way to commemorate our national history


Addressing the misconceptions on reform to MMDA

Featured image is of my friend Sineen's nikah signing in India. The registrar, and two witnesses approach the groom in his section. The registrar says the brides name and asks him for his ...

Can just electoral bonds cleanse political funding in India?

Finance minister Arun Jaitley at the Commonwealth Auditors General Conference, Delhi, March 22. When he presented the Union budget, the finance minister had strongly acknowledged that a transp...


Saved by the bull?

Saudi King Salman has postponed his trip to the Maldives indefinitely.

Bhutan, B/desh to sign inland water transport agreement in April

The inland water route, stretching from Indian territory through the Brahmaputra river till Mongla and Chittagong in Bangladesh, will soon be accessible to Bhutan.  


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India between 7th and 10th of April and plethoras of agreements are likely to be signed then. Among the various agreements, the two countries will be signing the defence cooperation agreement which  has been getting the most attention. 
The Congress needs to come up with a more aspirational narrative than that of the BJP. The party doesn’t lack talent, but its leadership clearly lacks hunger and enthusiasm required for winning elections, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 India should not hesitate in using both overt and covert means to bring its policies to successful fruition. Indian policy makers must be guided by the dictum that there is no permanent friend or enemy but only permanent interests, writes Adarsh Singh for South Asia Monitor.
Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre invites you to a lecture in the Changing Asia Series by by Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India on Health And Development: India Must Bridge The Disconnect Chair: C Uday Bhaskar, Director, Soci...
spotlight image 'Covert military actions or surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan have limited utility that won't change the mind of the Pakistan Army or the ISI  which sponsor cross-border terrorism
In Dutch politics, alliances are imperative to construct an administration. The post-election government formation is, therefore, a slightly time-consuming process. In due course, a coalition led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, will surface.  
Japan is a special country in several ways. For centuries, it remained isolated and disconnected with the outside world. But once it opened itself up to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854 by the use of force by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry of the United States Navy, Japan has never looked back. Japan is a spe
Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and earlier under the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia has rolled out a series of women-friendly initiatives.  Recently, under the leadership of Custodian of the
The Islamist terror strike on Parliament building in London was the way this global menace that calls itself the Islamic State (IS), kicked the US-led West-Gulf states combine’s fight to eradicate the self-styled Caliphate. The Islamist terror strike on Parliament building in London was the way this global menace that cal

India remians the inflexible bête-noir for Pakistan, yet there are few books by Indian authors that have sought to interpret the prodigal neighbour in a holistic, informed and empathetic manner.


The line that Mortimer Durand drew across a small map in 1893 has bled the Pashtun heart ever since. More than a century later both sides of that line remain restless. But the mystery behind what actually happened on 12 November 1893 has never ...


What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...


What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...


Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

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