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Islamic Emirate of Pakistan
Vikram Sood | 21 Feb , 2014 4 comments
Islamic Emirate of Pakistan

In her essay, ‘Islamisation of Jinnah’ (Newsline, Pakistan, February 2014), Ayesha Siddiqa described Pakistan as ‘a hybrid-theocracy in which there are limited visible spaces where Islamic Sharia is formally implemented along with a depleted number of liberals and liberal space, but with a larger space in which religious laws and norms...

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Civil-Military Relations: Heed the Timely Message
Civil-Military Relations: Heed the Timely Message

Concluding his recent address to the annual combined commanders conference during which he listed some serious challenges facing not just the armed forces but the entire national security structure of the country, the prime minister concluded by saying — “There have been concerns that have been raised in recent times about the nature of...

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DefExpo Day-1: Impressions of a Soldier...
Danvir Singh | 07 Feb , 2014 1 comment
DefExpo Day-1: Impressions of a Soldier...

In these testing times the overall Armed Forces modernisation process is facing a tough challenge. In this backdrop when DPP 2013 has not proved to be an enabler, the Defexpo 2014 opened at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Feb 06. There was a cautious optimism in the air. But then the Defexpo in the capital is an indication of that there still is a...

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The Forgotten Jawan
The Forgotten Jawan

The army counts for little on the electoral battlefield On the eve of yet another general election, it is but natural for observers to crystal-gaze into what the future portends by looking towards those strategizing in political war-rooms towards formulating party battle-lines. Post-elections, both in 2004 and 2009, one had reflected in these...

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Good Governance and Foreign Policy
Prakash Nanda | 30 Jan , 2014 2 comments
Good Governance and Foreign Policy

As had been the practice with his predecessors, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has started the exercise of rewarding or taking interests of his close civilian officers before demitting office. That it is a distinct sign of his realisation that the Congress stands no chance of retaining power in the coming general elections is a different...

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