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Chinese 'lawfare' in the military standoff with India
By invoking the 1890 treaty, China has added a new strategy to the border dispute with India called “lawfare,” writes Brig Anil Gupta for South Asia Monitor.
Kashmir:Can an attack be turned into opportunity?
An attack on Hindu pilgrims has always faced mass public disapproval in Kashmir. This time, too, no militant outfit has taken responsibility for the attack. Every militant organisation and political outfit has issued statements condemning it, writes Brij Bhardwaj for South Asia Monitor
Sri Lanka: Tamil autonomy demands up against Buddhist monastic wall
  The actual prospect of Tamil autonomy through constitutional reform is somewhat bedevilled by the inherent dichotomy in the mindset of the majority Sinhala community, writes Amitava Mukherjee for South Asia Monitor

Its a different world: China m...

Although China likes to remind India of its superior military strength, India has let it be known...


Malabar 2017: Was China the el...

There is a non-linear strategic  underpinning to what the Malabar nations are doing at sea a...


BNP’s covert games: Will India...

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is well aware of the relationship between Tare...


Modi knows importance of civic...

President Trump with his thoughtless and self-centred tweets does not seem to grasp this leadersh...


Doklam standoff: India must be ready to give China a real bloody nose Author Name The current troop standoff with China at Doklam offers India important lessons that go far beyond the Chinese intrusi...

Hindutva sustains neo-liberal order in India Author Name With the election of Ram Nath Kovind as India’s President and Venkaiah Naidu as the vice president, frenetic re...

India’s economy: If things are so good, why do we feel so bad? Author Name “There are two competing economic narratives on India at the moment. They sit uneasily with each other. But bot...

India must keep the nuclear energy door open Author Name A major milestone in India-Japan relations and the future of the nuclear power in the country was passed by the comin...

H1N1 returns: what can be done to control the virus No Image So far this year, 12,500 people have been infected with the influenza A (H1N1) virus, of which 600 have died. According to official data, Maharashtra alone has registered 284 deaths, which by it...

Taxing Body Parts Author Name The GST on aids and appliances for persons with disabilities is a reminder of Nangeli’s act of severing her bre...

Conflict intensity

There should an end to the politics of symbolism. Everything has limitations and this imagery has to be ended.

Post-Panama Pakistan

JUDGEMENT has been reserved. The verdict is expected any day. Will it be based on a majority of three or five justices? No clarity. Either way, even if the prime minister manages a Houdini-like ...


Do not waste time

The government somewhat belatedly formed a five-member Constituency Delimitation Commission (CDC) under the chairmanship of Kamal Narayan Das, a former Supreme Court justice, four days ago.

A misguided reaction

We believe the over-zealous action taken by a Barisal lawyer against UNO Gazi Tarek does a disservice to us all


In unity the best values will manifest

Thirty four years after ‘Black July’, Sri Lanka today has many good reasons to believe that what happened in 1983 will not happen again.

Losing the middle

I recently got a Whatsapp forward from a pulses trader in Gulbarga titled Hamari Bhool, Kamal Ka Phool. Circulating within a large group of which he was part, it alluded to the mistake (bhool) t...


Blogger’s killing shows danger of Maldive extremism

To the outside world, the Maldives is synonymous with romantic beach tourism. But the calm azure waters of the Indian Ocean belie a conflict between tourist idyll and reality.

Take nutrition advice to parents

Although Bhutan has done well compared with the countries in the region in terms of childcare and development, the issue of child growth, diet and food security, and care during pregnancy remain...


spotlight image India’s Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari visited Armenia recently to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly.
In dispatching its  PLA (Peoples Liberation Army)  marines to Djibuti in the Horn of Africa on Wednesday (July 12 ) by amphibious ships, from the southern port of Zhanjiang, China has taken a significant step in enhancing its  trans-border military footprint.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that China is experiencing a sort of superiority obsession, imagining it can dominate and conquer the world. Several Chinese acts in the recent past indicate such an attitude. Asian nations, which are now apprehensive about China’s aggressive postures, are unclear how matters will shape up.
It is appalling to see how the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir has been reduced to bitter recriminations between Pakistan and India.
As Aadhaar becomes the norm in India, and gets skewered for the involuntary nature of its imposition, our northern neighbours, as is their wont, want to do a number that will make this appear benign.
South Asia is situated in a strategically important location and has always been bone of a contention for control by major powers.
It was just at the end of spring that the unquiet American President was talking big about being the man who can seal the deal on Israeli-Palestinian peace.
S.T. Lee Distinguished Lecture of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore on "India, ASEAN and Changing Geopolitics”

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.


This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...


History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.


Humans have long had a fear of malignant supernatural beings but there may be times when even the latter cannot compare with the sheer evil and destructiveness mortals may be capable of. But then seeking to enable the end of the world due to it...


Title: Reporting Pakistan; Author: Meena Menon; Publisher: Viking/Penguin Random House; Pages: 340; Price: Rs 599

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