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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#28: 05 AUGUST 2018 Imran Khan’s Pakistan & Prospect of ‘Peace’ in South Asia Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract The selective euphoria with the poll results in Pakistan’s National Assembly elections notwithstanding, Imran Khan’s ‘new Pakistan’ suffers from inherent limitations. It may not augur a new or dramatic turnaround in policy towards […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#27: 05 JULY 2018 Sri Lanka’s Cannabis Problem: Roots in India Bibhu Prasad Routray Abstract The volume of Ganja (cannabis) smuggling from India to Sri Lanka has risen significantly over the years. The demand for cannabis from Kerala in Sri Lanka has given rise to a robust supply chain that starts from […]

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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 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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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#20: 17 JANUARY 2018 State of Play: Left-wing Extremism in India in 2017       – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Another year went by. The problem of Left-wing Extremism (LWE) in India, however, continues to persist. In 2017, the left-wing extremists, belonging predominantly to the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) carried […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#19: 14 NOVEMBER 2017 Changing Dynamics of India-China Relations post-Doklam Standoff       – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The Doklam standoff appears to have unveiled a new era of India’s China policy. Does this standoff mark a turning point in their relationship or will it be a continuation of the status […]

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