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Growing Chinese presence in Myanmar has security implications for India
Concerns for India with regard to the increase of China's presence in Myanmar relate to its possible implications on the cross-border security cooperation along India's northeast and Myanmar's role as a gateway to the realisation of the goals under New Delhi's Act East Policy, writes Obja Borah Hazarika for South Asia Monitor.
India-Malaysia ties cannot be coloured by 'dangerous' preachers
Both India and Malaysia cannot afford to let a dangerous irritant like Dr. Zakir Naik challenge diplomatic arrangements because there is a larger, more critical ‘bigger picture’ which needs constant tweaking, writes Dr. Sharifah Munirah Alatas for South Asia Monitor.
Visual media spreading negative trends in India, needs checking
As the negative role of the visual media is affecting the fibre and fabric of India and is spreading unrest, the government has to seriously examine the need to put visual media under the scanner and monitor its activities, writes N.S. Venkataraman for South Asia Monitor.

Warning bells in Kashmir: Poli...

The Indian media is agog with the viral video depicting a group of paramilitary CRPF personnel re...


Xi-style Chinese coercive dipl...

In the current context of the threat posited by the Chinese leadership through its several mouthp...


Violence against women: Bangla...

Legislation is an important step towards ending violence against women in Bangladesh. But in orde...


Myanmar's Rohingya crisis spel...

The continuation of communal tension and radicalisation of Rohingya refugees has the potential to...


No full stops: On Bhutan’s exit from the ‘BBIN’ agreement Author Name Bhutan’s announcement that it is unable to proceed with the Motor Vehicles Agreement with Bangladesh, India and...

Facing up to IT: On visa rules posing challenge to Indian IT companies Author Name A globalising world enabled the spectacular rise of India’s information technology industry over the last coupl...

Staring down the barrel in Sukma Author Name   When Alex Paul Menon, then-Sukma collector, was in the custody of the Maoists in April 2012, a young Maois...

India shows dramatic improvement in child immunisation No Image The percentage of children in India who have received full immunisation, that includes polio, BCG, DPT, and measles vaccines, has dramatically risen over 40 per cent in the last 10 years.

Callous airline staff’s attitude reflects our apathy towards India’s disabled population Author Name There’s more to it than just racism. On Wednesday, cricketer Harbhajan Singh tweeted about alleged racism by an...

Divergent outlook on Afghanistan

Russia’s growing interest in Afghan affairs is apparent from Moscow’s hosting of peace talks. The recent talks on ‘peace in Afghanistan’ were held in Moscow in the middle...

Women clerics’ conference

It was a fairly unusual, though an entirely welcome, departure from the usual discourse surrounding matters of faith that, across the world, tend to be dominated by men.


Cause for concern

Two years has just passed since the major earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale shook the country, killing over nine thousand people


Preventing climate change, our sacred duty

Around the world in some 600 cities, hundreds of millions of people marched last Saturday, April 22 to mark Earth Day, emphasising the significance of evidence–based science on issues rang...

The patriotism of paranoia

I spent the first half of April 2017 in the United States, speaking at universities on the East and West Coasts. At each place, I had been preceded by identical mails from the working president ...


Saved by the bull?

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

Bhutan’s New Development Paradigm advocates for sustainable development

Much of the research in the report is supported by The Centre for Bhutan Studies (CBS), a government-supported center in Bhutan that evaluates and provides feedback on government programs and po...


spotlight image I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and Bhutan.
The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.
A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
  It would seem that the government of India has decided to suppress the voices of Kashmiris by imposing a social media ban.
The brief hand-holding took place in the Gulf of Aden. Despite a history of border dispute, diplomatic clashes and rivalry on various issues, India and China joined forces on April 9 to rescue a merchant vessel from pirates.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sprang a surprise when he registered himself as a candidate in Iran’s presidential election scheduled for May 19. After leaving the office of President in 2013 at the end of two controversial terms, the firebrand populist has been largely inactive in politics. 
That China strictly implements the UN Security Council resolutions that sanction North Korea is seen by all. If Pyongyang continues with its nuclear and missile tests, China is bound to support more harsh resolutions on this country.
India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
The core parts of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system have been moved to the site of what had been a golf course in southern South Korea.
Health of the citizens and the economy of the nation they inhabit go hand in hand and every buck spent on former guarantees a manifold increase in the latter,  said noted public health expert K Srikant Reddy. The lecture 'Health and Development: India Must Bridge the Disconnect' was ...

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


Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.

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