Articles in Courtesy: South Asia Monitor

Remembering history: Can Imran go against the will of the Pakistan Army?

Remembering history: Can Imran go against the will of the Pakistan Army?

By: Syed Badrul Ahsan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 10 Aug , 2018

Much conversation has centred around the recent election in Pakistan which has brought the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, till now a fringe party, close to power in Islamabad. There is little...

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A new broom in Pakistan: Will Imran follow a different tack with India?

A new broom in Pakistan: Will Imran follow a different tack with India?

By: Mayank Chhaya | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Aug , 2018

A new broom in the form of Pakistan’s likely new Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to sweep clean simply because his political bristles are hard and straight.  His upbeat messaging about...

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Better Civil-Military Relations Needed for Improved Security of Indian State

Better Civil-Military Relations Needed for Improved Security of Indian State

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 22 Jul , 2018

Only a diehard optimist would expect that India’s elected representatives would find the time to reflect on national security. But, with Parliament in session, should the improbable come to pass,...

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India needs to recalibrate its South Asia policy

India needs to recalibrate its South Asia policy

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Jul , 2018

In recent years, some countries in SAARC which earlier had deep strains with India, have sought to improve ties with New Delhi. Two instances of this are Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (which have...

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Eastward ho! India looks beyond SAARC

Eastward ho! India looks beyond SAARC

By: Sreemati Ganguli | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 Jul , 2018

India, once again, is thrown into a piquant situation in its own neighbourhood. In the penultimate year before this NDA government goes to the polls, its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy of 2014...

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India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 Jul , 2018

India’s aviation industry traces its roots to December 1940, when industrialist Seth Walchand Hirachand (1882-1953) established Hindustan Aircraft Limited (HAL) in Bangalore, with American...

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Crisis in Maldives: India should use diplomacy to resolve situation

Crisis in Maldives: India should use diplomacy to resolve situation

By: Vishwajeet Singh Raghav | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 26 Jun , 2018

The security environment in South Asia has brought new challenges for countries in the region. The political crisis in the Maldives has intensified the existing challenges in the region. The...

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Afghan conflict not religious: Kabul fatwa challenges Taliban claims

Afghan conflict not religious: Kabul fatwa challenges Taliban claims

By: Dawood Mohammadi | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 Jun , 2018

On Monday June 4, 2018, Kabul saw a gathering of over 3,500 Afghan religious scholars. Such a large religious assembly (Loya jirga) to mull over national issues was unprecedented in the history of...

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Insulate Kashmiri youth from radicalisation; house militants in jails...

Insulate Kashmiri youth from radicalisation; house militants in jails...

By: Anil Bhat | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 23 May , 2018

In early May 2018, separatists in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) directed their stone-pelters to target young school children and tourists. One child and one tourist were killed.  While schools and...

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Trade and inter-dependency can bring peace to South Asia

Trade and inter-dependency can bring peace to South Asia

By: Majidullah Rasooli | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 19 May , 2018

Pakistan, itself dependent on security and development assistance from the United States and China, has not been able to substantially contribute to Afghanistan. Instead, Pakistan has for long...

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Sino-Russian axis moves India to Secure other Friendships

Sino-Russian axis moves India to Secure other Friendships

By: Adrij Chakraborty | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 15 May , 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s landslide victory in the 2018 elections extended his rule over the largest country in the world for another six years. His hostile relationships with the...

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India must not abandon its LCA project

India must not abandon its LCA project

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 12 May , 2018

In its pursuit of global maritime dominance, China has decided to create a force of three aircraft-carriers – one for each of its fleets. Like India, China first acquired an old Soviet-era...

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Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

Don't expect too much from Modi-Xi meeting

By: Tarun Basu | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 25 Apr , 2018

The forthcoming “informal summit” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan this weekend has surprised observers and many have even compared it to the...

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India, China must find ways to Cooperate Economically

India, China must find ways to Cooperate Economically

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 22 Apr , 2018

That the 5th Sino-Indian Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing despite deep divergences between India and China on strategic and economic issues, and the strains caused after the...

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DefExpo 2018: Can it be the catalyst for India's goal of strategic autonomy?

DefExpo 2018: Can it be the catalyst for India's goal of strategic autonomy?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Apr , 2018

The four-day long DefExpo  2018 that opens outside of  Chennai on April 11  has been innovatively and generously showcased as  ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and a large...

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Heed the Refrain: India's 'Half-Empty Arsenal' Endangering National Security

Heed the Refrain: India's 'Half-Empty Arsenal' Endangering National Security

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 03 Apr , 2018

India’s political leadership, preferring to accord priority to electoral politics, has seemingly distanced itself from national security issues. At the same time, the armed forces have been...

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India and Pakistan: Will there be a spring in ties?

India and Pakistan: Will there be a spring in ties?

By: Tarun Basu | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 Apr , 2018

When K Natwar Singh was Minister of State for External Affairs in Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s government in the late 1980s, he made a poignant remark that has become an apt metaphor for the...

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Balancing India, China will not be easy for new Nepal PM

Balancing India, China will not be easy for new Nepal PM

By: Pramod Jaiswal and Aruna Ghimire | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 23 Feb , 2018

KP Sharma Oli has been elected Prime Minister of Nepal for the second time, riding on the support of the left alliance, which comprises two major communist parties; Communist Party of...

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Maldives in Crisis: Time for India to Act

Maldives in Crisis: Time for India to Act

By: Sumon K Chakravarti | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Feb , 2018

Maldives today is a version of the reality series The Apprentice, where President Abdullah Yameen is already taking a leaf out of Donald Trump’s reality show playbook: “This is a dictatorship...

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Netanyahu's India visit: Promoting mutual strategic interests

Netanyahu's India visit: Promoting mutual strategic interests

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 16 Jan , 2018

The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India (January 14-19)  commemorates  the 25th anniversary of the opening of an Indian embassy in Tel Aviv in 1992 and will further...

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