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Nepal, Maldives poised to move out of Indian orbit ASIA  TIMES SOUTH ASIA GEOPOLITICS By  M.K. BHADRAKUMAR DECEMBER 9, 2017 11:18 AM (UTC+8) 219 5 The South Asian region’s political map is transforming phenomenally. The early counting from Nepal’s parliamentary elections, which concluded on Thursday, suggests that the Left Alliance, which comprises the country’s communist parties, is surging ahead and will form the next government in Kathmandu. The Left Alliance is notionally ‘pro-China’ in outlook. Simultaneously, the President of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, has begun a four-day state visit to China. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox The two are unrelated events but there is a common thread insofar as they signal an atrophy in India’s influence in the South Asia region, which can only be regarded as a foreign-policy failure on the part of the Modi government. Simply put, Maldives and Nepal could be moving out of the

Maldives signs FTA with China, endorses Maritime Silk Road project shunned by India PTI | Updated: Dec 08, 2017, 19:24 PM IST The China-backed multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) - of which the MSR is a part - is similar to Maldives' strategy of achieving economic progress. Beijing: The Maldives on Friday moved closer to China as the strategically-located island nation signed a crucial free trade deal with Beijing, while endorsing its Maritime Silk Road project shunned by India for its strategic implications in the Indian Ocean. "China deems the Maldives as an important partner to building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR)," President Xi Jinping told his visiting Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Yameen as they witnessed signing of 12 agreements, including the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) - much-criticised by Maldivian opposition parties. The China-backed multi-billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

Balochistan’s isolation from CPEC could trigger unrest, warns Marri Balochistan’s isolation from CPEC could trigger unrest, warns Marri National 1 DAY AGO BY NEWS DESK Share this on WhatsApp QUETTA :  Former Balochistan home minister Nawabzada Gazain Marri on Thursday warned that if Balochistan is left out of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it would increase the sense of deprivation among the Baloch and that it could trigger unrest in the province. While talking to the media he said that as the elections of 2018 draw near, parties have started criticising, hence creating negative rhetoric against the CPEC. He also claimed that he was approached by many political leaders to join their parties but he wants to join a political party that has roots at the national level. Talking about the rights of the provinces after the 18th Amendment, Marri said that provinces enjoy complete autonomy adding that the “federal government and

Over 300 suspected militants lay down arms in Balochistan BALOCHISTAN By Web Desk Posted on December 9, 2017 QUETTA : As many as 313 suspected militants, 17 commanders among them, surrendered to the government and security forces in Balochistan on Saturday. The militants said to be associated with different banned outfits laid down arms before Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri and Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa during a ceremony held in the premises of the Balochistan Assembly. The suspected militants were called to the stage where they laid down arms and were handed over Pakistan’s flag and a flower. They pledged their allegiance to the government of Pakistan and resolved to work for peace and development of the country. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister appreciated the surrender, saying the country has a big heart to accept those who played with the lives of innocent people. The authorities have long been negotiating wi

Baloch Self Determination movement, Feudal Lords and Democracy

Amitai Etzioni is not so optimistic about self-determination’s capacity of advancing democracy. He believes that “with rare exceptions,” self-determination movementsactually “undermine the potential for democratic development in non-democratic countries and threaten the foundations of democracy in democratic ones.” He argues that, historically, the moral approval self-determination movements enjoyed was based on the belief that self-determination would bring more responsive and democratic government to the oppressed minority people. He proposes that only those self determination movements that will enhance democracy be supported 🔴 Question to Baloch activists and leaders is , with zero internal democracy in their groups, feudals(Sardars) at the helm of the affairs, feudal structure of society, do you think free balochistan will be functional democracy ? ✔Probably first freedom that common Baloch should attain is from the Feudal Sardars who are just 0.5% of the Baloch population,