Articles in Courtesy: South Asia Monitor

FATF credibility is at stake: How many more shades of grey for Pakistan?

FATF credibility is at stake: How many more shades of grey for Pakistan?

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 24 Oct , 2019

Instead of downgrading Pakistan to the ‘blacklist’ from its ‘grey list,’ the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gave Islamabad four more months to comply with its conditions.  The FATF...

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Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Sep , 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day announcement on August 15 about the institution of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has, justifiably, evoked hosannas from the armed forces...

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After constitutional integration, integrate the population of Kashmir with India

After constitutional integration, integrate the population of Kashmir with India

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

Home Minister Amit Shah announced in Parliament on Monday August 5 that the major part of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had been revoked and Article 35A, relating to Kashmir, scrapped. He...

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Al Qaeda video a desperate attempt to revive dying Kashmir Militancy

Al Qaeda video a desperate attempt to revive dying Kashmir Militancy

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 23 Jul , 2019

Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India’s Ministry of External Affairs, commenting on the latest video issued by al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, rightly stated on July 11 that Indian security...

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20 year after Kargil: India's Military Modernisation remains unaddressed

20 year after Kargil: India's Military Modernisation remains unaddressed

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 16 Jul , 2019

July 2019 marks the 20th anniversary  of the Kargil war that caught India by surprise in the summer of 1999.  Pakistani troops under the guise of being ‘irregulars’  violated Indian...

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Space warfare: The aspiration-constraint challenge for India

Space warfare: The aspiration-constraint challenge for India

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Jun , 2019

Media reports indicate that India is organizing its first simulated space-warfare exercise in late July, ostensibly to counter China’s growing capabilities in this hi-technology domain that...

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Solution of Kashmir problem lies in the removal of Articles 370 and 35A

Solution of Kashmir problem lies in the removal of Articles 370 and 35A

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 19 Jun , 2019

The main causes of the Kashmir problem stem from the past. They include preventing Indian forces from completely evicting Pakistani invaders from Kashmir, referring Kashmir to the United Nations,...

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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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