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India-China: Wishful thinking by Indians?
B Raman | 18 Sep , 2012 6 comments
India-China: Wishful thinking by Indians?

Our national trait for wishful-thinking often worries me. A rationally argued assumption is an important part of strategic thinking, a wishful thought with no rational basis is not. I had pointed out in some of my articles in the past how we often confuse wishful-thinking for strategic analysis. Some, if not many of those, who have made a name...

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MoD's animosity with the Military
MoD's animosity with the Military

On September 4, 2012 the Supreme Court of India, in a land mark judgment, has finally and irrevocably uncovered the true face of Ministry of Defence (MoD). The 4th Central Pay Commission (CPC) gave defence services officers, upto the rank of brigadiers, rank pay, in addition to basic pay. MoD working in cohorts with the Controller of Defence...

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India-China: Can the humiliation of 1962 repeat itself?
B Raman | 17 Sep , 2012 3 comments
India-China: Can the humiliation of 1962 repeat itself?

Can the history of our humiliation at the hands of China in 1962 repeat itself? As we approach the 50th anniversary of the humiliation next month, we have to analyse this question in depth in our governmental national security community as well as outside. It is important for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) to organise a...

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Is Ministry of Defence anti-Military?
Is Ministry of Defence anti-Military?

It has been the stance of the MoD to work against the interests of the military. This sustained attitude and practice of the MoD has created deep fissures in its relationship with the military. There is palpable mistrust of the Ministry amongst the armed forces. The adverse fall out of this relationship, besides on national security, has...

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Will Brutal repression by China in Tibet fail?
B Raman | 05 Sep , 2012 3 comments
Will Brutal repression by China in Tibet fail?

The rumblings from the Tibetan areas of China continue. The more the Chinese suppress, the more the Tibetans protest. The more the Chinese demonise His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the more the Tibetans respect him. The more the Chinese flaunt the economic progress made by the Tibetan areas under the leadership of the Communist Party of China...

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