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The Sri Lankan seesaw: Why China tilts the balance against India
Even though the Sri Lankan government is attempting to not ‘put all its eggs in one basket’ by engaging with countries like India and Japan, it will be hasty to assume that Sri Lanka will be able to execute its balancing act vis-à-vis China, a country it needs to battle its economic woes, writes Husanjot Chahal for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Obama's Hiroshima visit: High on symbolism but little on substance
US President Barack Obama’s Hiroshima speech (May 27) is a very carefully crafted document and merits some scrutiny - both for what it contains and what is ostensibly excluded. Predictably, President Obama did not apologize for what the USA did in August 1945 and this was stated even before he began the Japan visit, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor
 
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Will Pakistan dump Taliban – are you kidding?
What quantum of Pakistani regulars are covertly deployed inside Afghanistan is difficult to assess but they certainly are fighting in support of Taliban as pointed out by Afghan intelligence on multiple occasions. That Pakistani support to Taliban will certainly increase, writes Lt. Gen. P.C. Katoch (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Maldives: UK grants 'refugee' ...

By staying away from the country and its judicial system, Mohammed Nasheed may end up losing his ...

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China-Pakistan Economic Corrid...

While popular discontent and political opposition continue to affect the Chinese sponsored CPEC p...

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Modi's Iran visit: Chabahar wi...

The commissioning of Chabahar will not only provide India much needed access to Afghanistan and C...

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Despite setback, Taliban will ...

 Whether in its continuing survival as a consolidated group or its disintegration into small...

 

Putin's populist autocracy and its future Author Name International sanctions may have shaken the former KGB guy, but his control on the levers of power is still very soli...

India's predicament in post-blockade Nepal Author Name China, the US, and some EU countries prefer continuation of the Left alliance in Nepal for their concern over replaci...

Infrastructure: Big impact schemes launched, now to bridge the connectivity gap Author Name While the government has announced a number of big impact schemes, the focus should now be on creating linkages betwe...

Clear the air No Image The government must step in as farmers in Punjab need an enabling environment to get rid of the practice of stubble burning that pollutes the environment. Air pollution has broader geographic ra...

Samsung’s Aadhaar-tab can revolutionise payment security No Image Given how the biometrics of over 90% of the population are already registered under Aadhaar and the fact that the government is alre...

What has changed in Afghanistan

According to the statistics obtained from the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, totally 250,000 Afghans submitted applications for asylum in the European Union states in 2015.

The new game changer in Pakistan

Is China about to transform Pakistan? The unanimous consensus in Pakistan is that it is, and quite comprehensively too. Since April 2015, the term which has probably received far greater tractio...

 

Rara National Park: Potential tourist hub in Nepa

It is high time the Rara National Park staff worked to conserve wildlife andlivelihood improvement. It is the responsibility of park...

Bridging Bangladesh and Cannes

This particular year, my regular Cannes trip has been special for two reasons. Firstly, I started the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB) to help connect films and filmmakers from...

 

Responding to Sri Lanka's economic crisis

Sri Lanka’s balance of payments is in dire straits. The country’s mounting foreign and domestic public debt, a huge fiscal deficit and a severe foreign exchange shortfall have led to...

Name games in the Lutyens

“Many of the streets (in New Delhi) have been given the names of historical characters in the history of India. Look at the names of the streets and see if you know anything about the name...

 

Maldives severs ties with Iran, siding with Saudi Arabia

The conservative Maldives government has severed all diplomatic ties with Shia-inclined Iran after siding with Saudi Arabia. Maldives becomes the latest Muslim nation to rally behind the Sunni p...

Bhutan: The tale of two towns- Thimphu and Paro

Thimphu, Bhutan’s largest city, is the economic powerhouse of the country, accounting for some 45% of the country’s GNP....

 

Review
 
 
 
 
India and Iran have long been close economic and strategic partners. Despite the tight sanctions that were imposed on Iran due to its nuclear weapons programme, India never ceased its bilateral links with it and pursued discussions on transport networks among other things. The withdrawal of the sanctions by the western community has...

 
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A poem by Sam Yalley, the High Commissioner of Ghana to India

 
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Two years of Modi's Foreign Policy

 
sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_2.jpg In purely quantitative terms, the Narendra Modi government’s engagement with the world throws up some interesting statistics. Mr Modi has travelled to 33 nations and met over 100 world leaders in the past two years while external affairs min...

 
  
AS Britain’s D-day approaches — the June 23 referendum on staying in or leaving the European Union (EU) — and partisan rhetoric grows shriller, it has essentially assumed the characteristics of a battle between the head and the heart.

 
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As China moves to further entrench its presence in this part of the world, it would take greater global cooperation to contain what could become an imposing maritime presence of the Chinese, writes Divya Kumar Soti for South Asia Monitor

 
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India is trying to douse the anger of African diplomats over frequent attacks on their nationals in what are perceived to be racially-motivated attacks, but there is a distinct need to stop such offe...

 
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Indian Army chief Gen. Dalbir Singh has ordered a study to increase the ratio of combat troops to noncombat troops with the aim to find more funds to buy weapons.

 
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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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