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As China woos woos South Asia, India remains wary
India remains wary of Chinese initiatives to promote connectivity. It sees it as a move by China to further its geopolitical aims, indicating that the Indian foreign policy sees the economic agenda as tied inextricably with the larger strategic aims that its seeks to achieve, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Playing it big or a proxy?: Bangladesh’s growing closeness to China
Given its increasing proximity to China, and that too militarily, is ruffling the Indian feathers already, it needs to be assessed if Bangladesh is repositioning itself on the South Asian strategic map either to play a bigger role or perform the role of a proxy for any big power, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor.
 
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India- South Korea ties: Need to look for more convergences
If one were to look beyond economics, there are strategic convergences between India and South Korea which are not just bilateral. Both, South Korea and India by tying up with each other’s project in the East and the West, can strengthen their association further by becoming reliable partners for each other, writes Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Crossing the Rubicon: Brexit w...

The expected exit of the United Kingdom is bound to create economic, political, and even social r...

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Torkham clash with Afghanistan...

While Pakistan says it is constructing the gate to stop militants from crossing into its side of ...

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China's cynical realpolitik: I...

Having based its objection to India's admission to the NSG on the charge that India is a non-...

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Orlando shootings: Threat lies...

The point being made is that the incident was not directed and funded by any foreign terrorist or...

 

Britain leaves EU Author Name Britain’s decision to leave the EU after a bitter and divisive campaign symbolised by the murder of the British...

Eastern promise Author Name Recently, Thailand prime minister, accompanied by a high-level delegation, visited India to enhance partnership betwe...

India’s economy unlikely to be hit by Brexit Author Name India has a very resilient economy, we are a very broad-based economy... We are not dependent on any one sector. Most...

The story of India as told by a humble street snack Author Name It is an historic artefact - as well as delectable evidence that there is nothing new about the process of globalisat...

Smart meters are the way to go No Image The announcement of the National Smart Grid Mission and the release of the Model...

From Uber, airbnb to Ola, don’t disrupt innovation No Image While smartphones and the app ecosystem have allowed us to extract greater economic value—with the sharing economy putting to ...

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Pakistan turning screws on Afghanistan

At the height of the 19th century Great Game between an imperialist Britain and an expansionist Czarist Russia, Rudyard Kipling, the way-farer bard, had coined the...

Amjad Sabri and the case for gun contro

The fog of rumour flew thick as news of qawwali maestro Amjad Sabri’s death ran in tickers on the bottom of TV screens across the country. On the evening of ...

 

Implications of Brexit for Nepal

On Friday morning within hours of the ‘Leave’ win in Britain’s European Union (EU) referendum, the British pound had fallen by 13% and stocks plu...

Bangladesh river eats up land and homes

Piyara Begum once had a happy life in Garuhara village by the Brahmaputra River in northern Bangladesh, but worsening erosion of the river banks has displaced ...

 

Spicing up development assistance to Sri Lanka

In his keynote speech, Ambassador Kumararatne highlighted the uniqueness of Ceylon Cinnamon, known as true cinnamon or queen of spices is the oldest planting crop ...

Brexit: Cataclysmic shock, but here’s what India must do

This summer is turning out to be an extremely eventful one. Britain has voted to leave the European Union—a result that appears to have been unexpected b...

 

Maldives opposition seeks active role from India

India can play much bigger role in Maldives, according to Maldives United Opposition’s shadow foreign minister Ahmed Naseem.

Farmers short of water despite Bhutan being water abundant country

The water shortage problem is being faced in several other districts of western, eastern and southern parts of the country. Famers from Baap village in the wes...

 

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The oil price fall on Friday after the UK’s vote to leave the European Union could be beneficial to India if sustained for a longer duration. Though there are fears that rupee could depreciate further against the dollar, which could partly neutralise the gains from oil price decline, the net impa...

 
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The popular leader said she was keeping a promise made by the Scottish National Party to consider a second independence vote “if there was a significant and material change in circumstance” from that which prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will....

 
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The European Union (EU) must reinvent itself to survive after Britain’s vote to exit. It may be too late. The damning verdict of British voters was the worst setback to the EU since the germ of a more integrated Europe first took shape in the ruins left by the World  

 
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There is no letup in China’s effort to give body and substance to its initiative of reviving the fabled Silk Road. In its earliest form, this was a caravan route across the heart of Asia to carry Chinese products, ...

 
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Tunisia was the pioneer in the Arab Spring which was a moment of hope for the region’s people, leading to the overthrow of Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, followed by the one-year ...

 
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Sometimes in the annals of history, a place evokes more emotions than the mere idea of territory. It becomes a symbol of a behavioural pattern, a fragment of cosmology and a metaphor for a way of life or thinking.

 
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What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up...

 
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Ian Morris’ book helps to understand better the productive function of power and the strengths and constrains of a data-driven study of historically embedded arguments. However, his selective treatment of historical occurrences, the narro...

 
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In the Indian context, these could entail the prospects that could have ensued if Vallabhbhai Patel had been free India's first prime minister instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, or if Subhas Chandra Bose had sta...

 
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The Lal Masjid stand-off in 2007 after abduction of some Chinese citizens and the bloody clearing-up operation was a watershed for Pakistan, triggering open conflict between Islamist extremists and security fo...

 
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Written by two IAS officers, ‘The Queen Could Sing’ narrates five different stories in an inimitable style. The delightful verses, fired by a childlike imagination, sparkle with wit, humour and archaic characterizations, instantly c...

 
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