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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#26: 12 JUNE 2018 Bastariya Battalion: New force against India’s Left-wing Extremists   Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Bastariya Battalion, a new battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is being inducted into the Left-wing extremism- afflicted Bastar region of Chhattisgarh state. Comprising of tribal recruits, the battalion is expected to add […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#25: 15 MAY 2018 Narco Economy in Myanmar: From Opiates to ATS Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Rising demand has transformed Myanmar into the prime producer of synthetic drugs. It’s a US$ 4 billion economy. Production of and trade in narcotics in Myanmar registers continuous growth in spite of a decrease in […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#24: 27 APRIL 2018 Five Nations Railway Corridor Project: Increasing Connectivity & Chinese Dominance in Afghanistan Bibhu Prasad Routray & Sayantan Haldar – Abstract The Five Nations Railway Corridor (FNRC) is yet another connectivity project sought to be implemented in Afghanistan and has been embraced as an a potential game changer for […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#23: 11 APRIL 2018 What tools can India’s counter-radicalization policy employ?  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Counter-radicalization measures adopted by countries have typically followed clichéd patterns, although studies reveal that religion plays only a minor role in attracting men to the fold of global jihad.  As India seeks to frame a policy […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #06: 12 MARCH 2018 Pakistan-based militant groups & Prospects of their integration: A Structural Analysis – Muhammad Amir Rana   – Abstract Different militant streams operating in Pakistan are characterized respectively by conventional jihadist groups – established to safeguard the state’s strategic interests in the region; independent militant groups – formed by the militants […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#26: 08 MARCH 2018 India’s Maldives Policy: Is it a ‘Grenada moment’? Sanjay Kapoor – Abstract Maldives, which is famous for its high-end Indian Ocean resorts, has become a scene of strategic contestation between India and China. This situation has been leavened by Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is trying to […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA OCCASIONAL PAPER #05: 26 FEBRUARY 2018 Redefining Extremism in Central Asia – Roger Kangas, Ph.D.   – Abstract For over twenty years, the Central Asian states have faced periodic challenges of violent extremist groups and radical ideologies. These have varied among the countries, in terms of intensity, motivation, and methods, requiring the states […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#25: 23 FEBRUARY 2018 Stock-taking China Pakistan Economic Corridor Sayantan Haldar – Abstract The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project under China’s emergent Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hailed as one of the most investment heavy projects that China is undertaking as a part of its BRI, CPEC has […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#22: 20 FEBRUARY 2018 Afghanistan: Battle of narratives, power contestations, & cycles of violence       Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The sudden surge in violence and gory blood bath in January 2018 brought about renewed international media attention to Afghanistan. The growing number of attacks indicates a deteriorating security situation, deepening […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#21: 19 FEBRUARY 2018 State of Play: Insurgencies in India’s Northeast       – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Amid relative tranquility, little rebellions are continuing in India’s northeastern region. Headed by recalcitrant rebel leaders, some of whom have no inhibitions in aligning their ambitions with that of the anti-India policies […]

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