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  • Afghanistan from Dark to Dawn: The Saga of the Salma Dam

    Afghanistan from Dark to Dawn: The Saga of the Salma Dam0

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    • September 26, 2016

    India has consistently been making all efforts to rebuild politically stable and economically prosperous Afghanistan. Indeed, it is keen interested in ensuring peace and stability in the war-ravaged country without ‘boots on the ground’ and wants to see Afghanistan as a peaceful, prosperous, united, inclusive and democratic nation. In this context, being a responsible player

  • India’s Recurring Water Disputes: Needed Less Politics, More Macro Vision

    India’s Recurring Water Disputes: Needed Less Politics, More Macro Vision0

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    • September 24, 2016

    The inter-state water disputes in India are now becoming a matter of concern. The present dispute between states in southern India on sharing of water only highlights the fact that the political leadership at the state level lack matured approach with understanding of the problems of the neighbouring states. Sometimes, the exchange of bitter communication

  • China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

    China Turns on Charm Offensive for Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan0

    Bhutan is nestled among the Himalayas and between Asia’s two giant powers – India to the south and China to the north. The small kingdom, a country of 750,000, has long had ties with India. So India watches closely as China steps up attempts to settle longstanding border differences and strengthen ties with Bhutanese leaders

  • India: National discourse needed on LEMOA

    India: National discourse needed on LEMOA0

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    • September 17, 2016

    The India-US LEMOA – abbreviation for ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ – has triggered enough and more controversies in this country even before the proverbial ink had dried and the agreement itself is tested on the ground. It however looks as if the Modi government could have discussed it inside and/or outside Parliament, to arrive

  • There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row

    There is a just solution to the lingering Cauvery row0

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    • September 16, 2016

    Independent of this week’s violence and the Supreme Court proceedings, before and after the attacks, ‘distress-sharing’ of available water on a seasonal and verifiable basis may be the only real workable solution to the vexatious Cauvery river water dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the process, the Supreme Court may have to get itself

  • Sri Lanka: Ban Comes Calling Again: Banking On, Or Banging At Govt. This Time?

    Sri Lanka: Ban Comes Calling Again: Banking On, Or Banging At Govt. This Time?0

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    • September 12, 2016

    Like in the past, Sampanthan’s Matara visit was not adequately covered by the self-styled national media, but then the post-war second Sri Lanka visit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also deflected attention from the unprecedented peace-cum-political initiative by any moderate Tamil in his mould and leadership. The Sri Lankan nation as a whole needs to

  • WHAT STAND ON TIBET FOR  U. S.  PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?

    WHAT STAND ON TIBET FOR U. S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?0

    When President Obama received the Dalai Lama through the back door in his office a few months back, many eyebrows were raised. Many people justifiably thought that President Obama lacked the courage of conviction to receive the Dalai Lama correctly, in a manner befitting his stature and reputation as a man of peace. Apparently, President

  • Beginning of Triangular Dominance in Modern Afghanistan

    Beginning of Triangular Dominance in Modern Afghanistan0

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    • September 5, 2016

    1.1 Foundation and Big Powers’ Rivalry The beginning of modern Afghanistan can be dated back to 1747 when the Afghans in Nadir Shah’s army returned home after his death. Their leader, Ahmad Khan Abdali, entered Kandahar and is elected King of the Afghans in a tribal assembly. He took the title Durr-i-Durran meaning ‘pearl among

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