Articles in Courtesy: South Asia Monitor

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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The complicated India-Pakistan Dynamic: Can it build on the Kartarpur hope?

The complicated India-Pakistan Dynamic: Can it build on the Kartarpur hope?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 30 Nov , 2018

The politics, and the complicated dynamics, enveloping the troubled India-Pakistan  relationship came into sharp focus once again at the foundation stone-laying ceremony  of the “Kartarpur...

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China gets tough with Imran Khan, but will side with Pakistan

China gets tough with Imran Khan, but will side with Pakistan

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 10 Nov , 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan returned empty handed from his four-day visit from China on November 5. The high profile visit, at the invitation of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, was...

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Trump's populist pitch: Tough choices before Modi

Trump's populist pitch: Tough choices before Modi

By: Saroj Mohanty | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Nov , 2018

When Americans go to the polls on November 6, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi – like many world  leaders – would be keenly watching the turnout, as a lot is riding on the mid-term...

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The rise of Barelvi militancy in Pakistan - with army's tacit support

The rise of Barelvi militancy in Pakistan - with army's tacit support

By: Divya Anand | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 03 Nov , 2018

Pakistan’s political discourse has always been marred by the close nexus between its dominant and all pervasive institution, the Army, and right wing religio-political groups. Seen from a...

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Turbulence in Sri Lanka: Are leaders playing the proxy India-China game?

Turbulence in Sri Lanka: Are leaders playing the proxy India-China game?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 31 Oct , 2018

Sri Lankan politics witnessed unexpected turbulence when President Maithripala Sirisena decided to sack his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and, in a surprising move, appointed his arch-rival...

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India, China must cooperate to bring stability to Afghanistan

India, China must cooperate to bring stability to Afghanistan

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 21 Oct , 2018

A senior Chinese diplomat in India has underscored the need for New Delhi and Beijing to work jointly to counter the trade protectionism being practised by US President Donald Trump.  The US...

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Tough words for Pakistan: Introspection time for new government

Tough words for Pakistan: Introspection time for new government

By: Khurram Shahzad | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 10 Oct , 2018

Pakistani Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi made history at the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) by giving a speech in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language. However, the contents of...

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Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 29 Sep , 2018

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dream project. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will pass through Pakistan Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan...

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India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution...

India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution...

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Sep , 2018

The twice-postponed 2 plus 2 talks between India and the USA which brought the foreign and defence ministers of both countries together at one forum concluded on an upbeat note in New Delhi on...

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India bound by international law against any intervention in Maldives

India bound by international law against any intervention in Maldives

By: N Koiremba Singh And Sarthak Roy | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Sep , 2018

South Asia – and the region – are keenly following events unfolding in the Maldives. The Maldivian Supreme Court in a landmark decision on February 1, 2018 ordered the government to release nine...

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2+2 dialogue will strengthen Indo-US convergences

2+2 dialogue will strengthen Indo-US convergences

By: Nilova Roy Chaudhury | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 05 Sep , 2018

New Delhi intends to convey to Washington that it will keep its own relations with Tehran and Moscow in place when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis come to...

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While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through...

While Taliban are strengthening, peace in Afghanistan can come only through...

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 28 Aug , 2018

The beleaguered Afghan government has offered a ceasefire to the Taliban, after the latter kidnapped about 200 bus passengers on 20th August in the Northern Province of Kunduz. The Taliban...

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Imran’s New Government: Old hands provide hope for improved India Ties

Imran’s New Government: Old hands provide hope for improved India Ties

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Aug , 2018

Imran Khan’s new team consists of a number of familiar faces. Of the 21 member council of ministers, 12 have been part of General Pervez Musharraf’s cabinet, while five have been members of...

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