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‘Eastward Ho’ for India-led South Asia?

‘Eastward Ho’ for India-led South Asia?

Trade blocs are often instruments of geopolitics. India’s cooperation with the South Asian nations east of Pakistan plays witness to this age-old truism.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 3

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 3

The escalating India-China rivalry in the region is increasingly dwarfing all other issues regarding the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 2

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 2

The Indian subcontinent is chequered with a history of border disputes and issues regarding transnational ethnic and religious groups.

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The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 1

The Tattered Mirage of a South Asian Union is Dying Fast – Pt. 1

Heightened tensions between India and Pakistan threaten to add the upcoming SAARC Summit to the long list of failed attempts at cooperation in South Asia.

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China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

China saw Modi coming but not Modi’s India

Before Narendra Modi became the prime minister of India, some observers in China believed that he could well be “the Deng Xiaoping of India,” comparing him with the Chinese leader who led the economic reform that has transformed China to a global power from a Third World country.

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Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11, Vidhyapati Mishra spent two decades in U.N.-funded Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal before resettling in the United States. Just a week before his departure from Nepal to Charlotte of North Carolina, self-learned journalist Mishra also featured in …

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India Just Scored a Self Goal

India Just Scored a Self Goal

Engineering of election results in Bhutan falls much short of a diplomatic victory of India
At the peak of campaigning by Bhutan’s two political parties for the recently concluded National Assembly (NA) elections, word spread that India was unhappy with the shrill nature of arguments – and their counters – related …

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Expect Status Quo in 2013-14

Nagorno-Karabakh: Expect Status Quo in 2013-14

Two decades of international community administered talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian enclave inside Azerbaijani territory, have failed to reach a resolution. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan’s petro-dollar aided exponential increase in defence expenditure amid pitched rabble-rousing and frequent sniper skirmishes in the region has led many to fear …

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Sri Lanka Goes Down

Sri Lanka Goes Down

The global diplomatic community heaped major embarrassment on Sri Lanka on March 22 as it adopted a United States-sponsored resolution at the ongoing session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) censuring the island nation for alleged war crimes in the conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels that ended in 2009.
In the …

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The Hole Gets Deeper

The Hole Gets Deeper

The three-year feud between the Sri Lankan government and international rights groups came under global spotlight for the second time in a week on March 14 when in a report launched in Geneva, Amnesty International said dozens of people in Sri Lanka have been abducted and tortured by security …

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Has Constitutional Monarchy Given Way to Continual Anarchy in Nepal?

Has Constitutional Monarchy Given Way to Continual Anarchy in Nepal?

When Nepal’s current Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai assumed office in November 2011 to head a coalition government with the Madhesi Front as partner, many in Nepal were cautiously optimistic about him bringing an end to the disillusionment brought by four failed governments in four …

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SAARC Bulletin

SAARC Bulletin

Here are the most recent updates from four of the eight SAARC nations. For news from the rest of the countries, please visit their respective national pages.

MALDIVES – A top US diplomat arrived in the Maldives on February 11 to help resolve a deepening political crisis sparked by the ousting …

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South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (III)

South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (III)

Part 3 – The Innate Stalemate
Also Read –
Part 1: Many Barrels of a Gun
Part 2: Mood on the Ground
Amid a general socio-political churning brought about by rising expectations of people in many South Asian nations, the 17th SAARC Summit in Maldives in November culminated with the ‘Addu Declaration’ …

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South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (II)

South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (II)

Part 2 – Mood on the Ground
Also Read: Part 1: Many Barrels of a Gun
“There’s this contagion of protest,” Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME, told NBC television as he discussed the naming of “The protester” as Time magazine’s person of the year, 2011. “These are folks who are …

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South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (I)

South Asia in 2011: A Concise Account (I)

Part 1 – Many Barrels of a Gun
South Asia is often described as the most dangerous place on earth and the most promising emerging market – both in the same breath. The year 2011 illustrated in ample measure the implausible irony.

The biggest international story of the year, according to The …

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About the Author

Anshuman Rawat
Anshuman Rawat

Author of Conflicts, Geopolitics and Asia Volume 1: 2010-12 – A Short Diary of Notes from the Region, Anshuman Rawat is a geopolitical/international relations journalist, communications specialist and serial media entrepreneur from India. Founder-Director of a media company, he spends much of his professional calendar as an editorial, management and communications consultant. He is also the founder of 'League of India', a news action tank that is committed to the idea of shaping a progressive India by fostering centre-right liberal governance, a free economy and an open society.

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