Articles in Courtesy: South Asia Monitor

Masood Azhar a 'Global Terrorist': Diplomatic win for India, going gets...

Masood Azhar a 'Global Terrorist': Diplomatic win for India, going gets...

By: Nilova Roy Chaudhury | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 May , 2019

The listing of Masood Azhar, head of the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohamed, as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council is a significant diplomatic win for India, which has been seeking...

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Strategic Chabahar port is win-win for India, Iran and Afghanistan

Strategic Chabahar port is win-win for India, Iran and Afghanistan

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Apr , 2019

China, the world’s second largest economy, thinks that India may soon  challenge its supremacy not only in Asia but also in the world arena. Hence it encircles India through a ‘string of...

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Modi Foreign-Security Policy Record: Some success, some hard realities

Modi Foreign-Security Policy Record: Some success, some hard realities

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 Apr , 2019

As India prepares for the next general election in April-May,  where almost 900 million citizens are eligible to vote in what is often described as the biggest carnival of democracy, the pre-poll...

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Pulwama-Balakot can be defining moment for India in a long drawn out war

Pulwama-Balakot can be defining moment for India in a long drawn out war

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 11 Mar , 2019

The grenade attack in Jammu city on Thursday (March 7) that killed two people and injured more than 40 has been attributed to the Hizbul Mujahedin and comes a few weeks after the Pulwama attack....

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The long shadow of Taliban hangs over Afghanistan

The long shadow of Taliban hangs over Afghanistan

By: Sarbhanu Nath | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 Mar , 2019

One fact stands out in a glaring manner in the peace talks being conducted between the Taliban and Afghan and United States envoys – the Afghan government is conspicuously absent from the...

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Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Feb , 2019

The suicide bomber terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in the Pulwama district February 14 that killed more than 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force and injured many others is the...

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Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

By: Mohammad Tarikul Islam | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 14 Feb , 2019

Diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and China were established in 1976, five years after Bangladesh’s independence. Consolidation and enhancement of China-Bangladesh friendship and...

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American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 05 Feb , 2019

US President Donald Trump is desperate to recall troops from Afghanistan for domestic compulsions and, for this, he appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation in...

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Informal Diplomacy: Reinforcing Bangladesh-India relationships

Informal Diplomacy: Reinforcing Bangladesh-India relationships

By: Mohammad Tarikul Islam | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 29 Jan , 2019

Informal (Track-II) diplomacy, also known as non-official “people to people” contact, is the only way to help bring change in the mindset of people and enhances better understanding for peace...

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Baloch resentment against Chinese 'colonisation' runs deep

Baloch resentment against Chinese 'colonisation' runs deep

By: Aparna Rawal | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 25 Jan , 2019

The continual subjugation and marginalization of the Baloch people by the Pakistani government has left the province of Balochistan in a chaotic milieu. The Baloch strife for self-determination...

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Will India play a bigger global role in 2019?

Will India play a bigger global role in 2019?

By: Arul Louis | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Jan , 2019

The speeding kaleidoscopic shifts in the global strategic, political and economic scenarios and the forthcoming Indian elections will herald for India and the world a pall of uncertainty as 2019...

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India warily deals with China, issue by issue

India warily deals with China, issue by issue

By: Nilova Roy Chaudhury | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 19 Jan , 2019

In the ongoing great global churning, with countries trying to secure their own interests, India is steering a wary course between a mostly inimical China and an unpredictable Uncle Sam which...

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Hasina’s return is a positive development for India's security

Hasina’s return is a positive development for India's security

By: Rupak Bhattacharjee | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 15 Jan , 2019

Amid sporadic incidents of violence, large scale arrest of opposition workers, reports of electoral malpractices and death of 17 people on polling day, Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL) won a...

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Myanmar: Army Announces Cease-fire for four months

Myanmar: Army Announces Cease-fire for four months

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 Jan , 2019

On 21st December, in a surprise move , the Army Chief Gen. Hliang announced a four-month ceasefire of operations in the northern and eastern regions bordering China and to end by April...

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Can Afghan peace be achieved in a hurry?

Can Afghan peace be achieved in a hurry?

By: Chayanika Saxena | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 Jan , 2019

I got my first opportunity to visit Kabul before 2018 ended for a conference where people from the regions that Afghanistan straddles – Central and South Asia – gathered to discuss ideas to...

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Afghan peace moves reminiscent of Najibullah's failed efforts

Afghan peace moves reminiscent of Najibullah's failed efforts

By: Majidullah Rasooli | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 04 Jan , 2019

Recent efforts by the international community, with the United States in the lead, are motivating the Afghan government to push for peace talks and reconciliation with the Taliban. The Afghan...

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India should seek to clear Bhutanese doubts and apprehensions

India should seek to clear Bhutanese doubts and apprehensions

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 02 Jan , 2019

China, the world’s second largest economy, considers India as its strategic adversary. India challenged its might in 2017 during a 73 day-long standoff at the Doklam trijunction of India, China...

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INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

INS Arihant and India's nuclear triad: Lessons to be learnt

By: Admiral Arun Prakash | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Dec , 2018

The surge of national pride at the recent completion of a ‘deterrent patrol’ by the Indian Navy’s (IN) first home-built, nuclear propelled, ballistic-missile armed submarine (termed SSBN),...

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Pakistan planned Kartarpur as a corridor of deceit, not peace

Pakistan planned Kartarpur as a corridor of deceit, not peace

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 11 Dec , 2018

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi remarked that Prime Minister Imran Khan had bowled a “Kartarpur googly,” which obligated India to engage Pakistan, even though New Delhi had...

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Pakistan must eliminate terrorism to find road to prosperity

Pakistan must eliminate terrorism to find road to prosperity

By: NS Venkatraman | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Dec , 2018

While so many acts of terrorism have taken place on Pakistani soil in recent years, killing hundreds of people, including innocent school children, the recent terrorist attack on the Chinese...

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