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Italy goes back on its word
Kanwal Sibal | 16 Mar , 2013 3 comments
Italy goes back on its word

The latest turn of events in the Italian marines case is most unfortunate for both India and Italy as the bilateral relationship is being put under serious strain. The Indian side had greater reason to feel aggrieved by the cause of the crisis. Indian nationals were killed near the Indian coast, plainly without justification, by Italian...

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Revival of Insurgency in J&K
Revival of Insurgency in J&K

Various terrorist groups operating from Pakistan and the Taliban in Afghanistan have declared that once the America ‘draws down’ its troops from the region, they would shift their focus towards Kashmir. It would be naïve to ignore the possibility of such a situation from developing. From the middle of 2014 onwards, terrorist activity in...

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Defence budgets and national security

For over a decade, allocations for defence in the national budgets have been below 2 percent of GDP. Towards the end of each financial year, instead of allotting additional funds, as regularly promised during the budget speeches, a couple of thousands rupees are taken back. The current budget, allocation for defence is 1.79 % of GDP. During the...

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Nepal invaded by China, for India's good?
Claude Arpi | 11 Mar , 2013 2 comments
Nepal invaded by China, for India's good?

The Chinese are slowly invading Nepal. A Nepali anaylsyt told AFP “In Tibet, unrest has significantly increased, so Chinese investment in Nepal should be understood in the context of China’s integrity, which is very important for the giant nation.” …China has built these ports to prepare for a war with India… He added: “Some Indian analysts...

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Revisiting the Defence Acquisitions
Prakash Nanda | 15 Feb , 2013 4 comments
Revisiting the Defence Acquisitions

Predictably, the present scam involving the VVIP chopper deal that has surfaced following the arrest of key officials of the firm that produces Augusta Westland -101 choppers in Italy has been described by “the Congress’ Bofors II”. The nervous UPA government has now put on hold the remaining payment of Rs 2,400 crore along with the...

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