Thursday, 26 May, 2022
TopicSouth Asia

Topic: South Asia

It takes 138 hrs, 55 signatures to move 1 truck from India to Bangladesh, says World Bank

In an interview with ThePrint, World Bank's Cecile Fruman says just 5% of South Asia's trade is within the region. More free trade agreements, seamless connectivity needed.

China wants Modi at BRICS summit. Jaishankar’s tour of S. Asia shows India won’t back off

There has been a fascinating reversal of several recent Indian foreign policy debacles in South Asia. And India also holds an ace on China.

Artistes from the subcontinent call for visa-free South Asia

Sapan, a coalition of individuals and organisations that works towards peace in South Asia, holds talks on the 'onslaught on art and freedom of expression' by 'authoritarian regimes'.

India to Maldives – South Asia can build greener future post-Covid, curb old patterns

South Asia has a rare opportunity to not only address short-term public health challenge but also become an important axis of power and influence.

No stop to China’s building spree in Bhutan as new village springs up, satellite images show

China has built at least one more village in Bhutan near tri-junction with India. Satellite images now show a total of 6 such sites with more than 200 structures on disputed land.

‘Mostly totalitarian’ — South Asian activists red-flag ‘floundering democracy’ in region

Virtual event by South Asia Peace Action Network calls on governments in the region to ensure establishment and strengthening of national human rights institutions.

Tibet, Buddhism, India-Pak tension — 3 factors that define China’s foreign policy in South Asia

Experts from India, Nepal and other countries discussed 'China's influence on South Asia' at All India Conference of China Studies. ThePrint was a digital partner for the event.

India’s distance with Pakistan and Bangladesh growing. Cricket can help

It’s high time New Delhi took a tough position on refusing to allow party politics to dictate foreign policy, especially in the neighbourhood.

India should’ve been centre of South Asian studies, but lacks enough experts on region

If India wants to manage its region better, it must first face up to its ignorance of its neighbours. We can’t leave understanding of South Asia to generalist diplomats.

Border disputes? Let’s make boundaries irrelevant without changing them: Shivshankar Menon

South Asia is composed of old nations in new states where nationalism is still a work in progress. Every boundary has cross-border ethnicities. These factors make our boundaries contested.

On Camera

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Representational image of dal and roti | Photo Pixahive/CC0

Feeding world must take backseat, Modi govt should deal with India’s ‘chapati’ crisis first

German agriculture minister Cem Ozdemir said imposing export restrictions or closing markets would worsen the crisis. Actually, the opposite might be true.
A petrol pump staffer refills fuel in a two-wheeler in New Delhi, on 29 March 2022 | ANI photo

Modi govt won’t borrow extra this year to fund tax cuts, inflation target to stay at 4%

The cut in excise duty last week, coupled with an increase in fertiliser and food subsidies, is expected to cost the exchequer around Rs 3 lakh crore in the current financial year.

Defence

Naval helicopters | Representational image | indiannavy.nic.in

What’s Combined Military Forces-Bahrain? US-backed coalition India joined on Quad sidelines

India is 35th member of the maritime counterterrorism partnership that also includes Pakistan, Australia, Bahrain, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany and Greece, among others.

Mandir or Masjid? New surveys not needed, just acceptance of truth & move towards reconciliation

That temples were destroyed and mosques built is undisputed history. The past can’t be changed, but we can’t deny the wrongs of the past either before we consider reconciliation.
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