New Constitution: Failure of 12-Point Agreement

By Maila Baje — We need the new constitution to be promulgated soon to mark the official failure of the experiments spawned by the 12-Point Agreement. Against the multi-pronged attacks the notion of a ‘new’ Nepal has exposed itself to, the ‘old’ nation continues to acquire its own luster. Sure,

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China in SAARC: Trouble for India!

By Iftikhar Gilani India may have taken solace in effectively isolating Pakistan at the recently concluded SAARC summit at Kathmandu by forcing a reluctant Islamabad into inking pacts on energy cooperation. However, the hush-hush tones of certain countries to pitch in for including China as a ninth member in the

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India’s Strategic Pivot To The Indo Pacific

By Dr. Subhash Kapila India’s “Strategic Pivot to the Indo Pacific” stands signified with the dramatic strategic and political outreach made by Prime Minister Modi during his recent visit to Australia and forging a substantial India-Australia Strategic Partnership. Fortuitously, with both India and Australia headed by two dynamic Prime Ministers,

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China’s push for SAARC membership: Anxiety for India

By Deepak Gajurel The 'Sleeping Tiger' seems awaken, at least in the context of Beijing's relations with South Asian nations. Chinese push for elevation from Observer's status in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) to a full-fledge member of this 8-member grouping has created a storm of uproar overshadowing

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US-India Mutual Defense Treaty

By John Yoo and Riddhi Dasgupta Amid the falling out between Pakistan and the United States and China’s rise, there is no better time for the two powerful democracies to develop a strong alliance. India’s recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi just enjoyed a very successful visit to the United

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Pakistan Uses ‘Proxy Forces’ in India and Afghanistan!

By Ankit Panda — The Pentagon released a report earlier this week that directly condemns Pakistan for its use of terrorist proxies against India. The report, titled “Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan,” is atypically candid and is intended for consumption by U.S. legislators. While a growing chorus of

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SAARC is not prepared for new security threats

By Madhukar SJB Rana — The SAARC Charter lays down eight sets of objectives. One of them is “to contribute to mutual trust, understanding and appreciation of one another’s problems.” It is believed that when President Ziaur Rahman floated the idea of regional cooperation among South Asian countries, India and

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A Social Democratic Roadmap for Educational Reform in Asia

By Richard Javad Heydarian There is almost a universal consensus among experts, civil society organizations, governments and global institutions with respect to Education’s crucial role in fostering individual empowerment collective cohesion, and national as well as regional development. Also, throughout the long history of the emergence and development of social

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