IDR Blog

India and Pakistan: Between Hawks and Peaceniks, is there a middle path?
India and Pakistan: Between Hawks and Peaceniks, is there a middle path?

The beheading and mutilation of the bodies of L/Nk Hemraj and L/Nk Sudarshan Singh by Pakistani soldiers on January 8, 2013, is yet another barbaric act by Pakistan’s army, following several earlier ones [Ref.1, Note 1.]. It is not unlike the acts of medieval armies or armed raiders, whose aim was to strike terror into the hearts of people....

More

Beijing's Map Aggression Now and Then
Claude Arpi | 12 Jan , 2013 3 comments
Beijing's Map Aggression Now and Then

Yesterday, Xinhua reported that China “has inked for the first time South China Sea islands on its new official maps in equal scale to that of the Chinese mainland.” The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASMG) announced that “the new vertical-format maps of China, published by Sinomaps Press, include more than...

More

Pakistan’s Hybrid War
Prakash Nanda | 10 Jan , 2013 8 comments
Pakistan’s Hybrid War

A peculiarly important news item that I came across while writing this column (January 10) is about the Manmohan Singh government’s decision to implement the visa-on-arrival facility at the Attari-Wagah check post to Pakistani nationals over 65 years of age from January 15. Under the liberalised visa regime, parts of which were...

More

AFSPA in J&K: Selective withdrawal may be harmful
AFSPA in J&K: Selective withdrawal may be harmful

Speaking to the Press on December 21, 2012, Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister of J and K, once again demanded selective withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain districts in the state where insurgent activity is minuscule. He has been persistent in this demand because in his reckoning the situation in the state has...

More

Battle Honours of Rajputana Rifles
IDR News Network | 31 Dec , 2012 3 comments

Soldier of Rajputana Rifles ◄ Back Next ► SlideShow | Thumbnails The Rajputana Rifles is the senior most Rifle Regiment of the Indian Army. Its first battalion was raised as far back as in January 1775, as it stands today was formed in 1921-22 during...

More