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Islamic State establishing roots in Afghanistan
United States and other NATO countries must send more troops to Afghanistan so that Islamic State is not able to shift headquarters to the country, writes Jai Kumar Verma for South Asia Monitor
India’s strategic asset - its 30 million diaspora
  Since India’s independence, there have been three distinct waves of migration. During the 1960s, the best students, particularly from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and medicine, went for higher studies and a professional career to the US and the UK, writes Amit Dasgupta for South Asia Monitor
India at UN: Rise from polemics to practicalities
One measure of its status now is the refusal of UN officials to get involved in India-Pakistan affairs, despite Islamabad's pleadings, or for the organisation to internationalise the Kashmir issue, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor

Countering Hafiz Saeed: From b...

If at all Saeed or his protégé manages to capture the high chair in Islamabad, any ...


Without fear or favour: A VP e...

Ansari  warned against promoting  "intolerance and arrogant patriotism" and s...


Nawaz Sharif’s removal: The ci...

Sharif’s policy of reaching out to India was thwarted at every stage by the army, by three ...


Trump's ultimatum to North Kor...

It is hard to make concession in the name of Trump's characteristic penchant for hyperbole an...


A Sino-Indian scuffle Author Name In the most serene of surroundings, like that lovely Ladakhi lake in 3 Idiots, they pelted stones like mad men. Chine...

Next Door Nepal: Deuba’s diplomacy test Author Name Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has refused to heed suggestions that he postpone a five-day official trip to Delhi ...

Vishal Sikka resigns, spotlight on Narayana Murthy’s role: No one wins in the Infosys saga Author Name On August 18, Infosys Ltd CEO Vishal Sikka abruptly resigned. The board of Infosys released a letter blaming founder ...

Sitrep: How military intelligence fights terrorists in Kashmir Author Name Transborder intelligence sources are usually double agents. When acting as guides for infiltrating terrorists they te...

Urban public sanitation needs a lot more than just ‘pee credits’ No Image News of a Bangalore citizen rushing into a coffee shop to use the loo, and having to justify it to the staff later by insisting that he had bought enough from them to deserve “pee credits&...

Where freedom has gone Author Name As India completes 70 years of its existence as a free nation-state, two contradictory tendencies mark its collective...

Why delay?

The US President Trump is looking nervous in finalizing US strategy on Afghanistan. After assuming office the aggressive Trump seems to be losing power of decision-making.

No ‘honour’ in killing

24-year-old Sughran Bibi of Bahawalpur is yet another victim of ‘honour’-based violence. She was allegedly axed to death by her family members for marrying the man of her choice.


Due priority

One of the biggest hurdles the private hydropower developers face is to get clearance of forest from the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation (MoFSC).

All haat and no cattle

These lands are a good source of income for our city corporations, which in turn is used to improve our capital city


Sri Lanka, it’s high time for a Green Revolution

Sri Lanka, once identified at a time known granary of the East, is now almost reliant on imported food items.

The triumph and tragedy

Seventy years ago on August 15, 1947, I mingled with jubilant crowds in the streets of Delhi. The Union Jack was lowered, the Indian tricolour fluttered in the air. I was a 16-year-old girl in a...


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.

Teachers, lead our kids all to their dreams

There was a story of a group of students from Arekha Middle Secondary School a few days ago. It was inspiring.


spotlight image Relations between India and Morocco go back a millennium with the first recorded links dating to the 14th century, when the famous traveller and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta, travelled to India.
Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
The Doklam stand-off and a variety recent opinion pieces in magazines and newspapers draws attention to the poor state of defence policy preparedness and the lack of meaningful higher defence control in India. 
The two ideologically divergent ruling partners - the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - in Jammu and Kashmir are headed for a showdown as the debate over the abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution of India heats up.
At the root of the present Doklam crisis is China’s intrusion into Bhutanese territory for its road building projects. These connectivity projects are integral to President Xi Jinping’s dream project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). India and Bhutan were the only two countries that did not participate in the first forum
Come October, America’s crude war of revenge on Afghanistan will enter its seventeenth year.
A vast majority of countries want to eliminate the existential threat of nuclear catastrophe, and rightly so. But achieving a world free of nuclear weapons is easier said than done, and there is a risk that some attempts to do so could prove self-defeating.
It is a privilege to be invited to this most prestigious of law schools in the country, more so for someone not formally lettered in the discipline of law. I thank the Director and the faculty for this honour.

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.


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...

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