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New Iran Prez can’t do wonders
Kanwal Sibal | 25 Jun , 2013 1 comment
New Iran Prez can’t do wonders

Hassan Rowhani’s election as President of Iran on June 14 is unlikely to materially change the dynamics of the conflict between Iran and the western powers.  The “reformists” in Iran who have backed Rowhani want improved handling of Iran’s diplomacy though not at the cost of yielding on principles. On the nuclear issue and relations...

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Our war on terror, the long haul
Vikram Sood | 06 Jun , 2013 2 comments
Our war on terror, the long haul

Soon after Mir Jaffar did a deal with Robert Clive and helped him grab Bengal in 1757, adivasis in the East Godavari district revolted in 1770 protesting against their exploitation by local jagirdars and traders. Other revolts followed through to the 20th century against similar British exploitation. The forces were not only inadequate in...

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Blood trail in Red Corridor
Blood trail in Red Corridor

The Maoist attack in Bastar on a Congress convoy was one of the more serious incidents. It has been variously described as attack on the nation, an attack on the very idea of India and a conspiracy. There is pressure on the state to strike back. The consequence of such hyperbole can lead to overreaction. What is required is a well-considered...

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Telecom Gear: Link security with the go-local policy

The National Security Council (NSC) has backed the proposed policy of Department of Telecom (DoT) to encourage local manufacturing of telecom gear against the backdrop security concerns, because India has all the knowhow and expertise on information technology. Chinese firms have been accused of stealing intellectual property on a massive...

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Chinese Prime Minister’s visit to India
B Raman | 15 May , 2013 3 comments
Chinese Prime Minister’s visit to India

Prime Minister Li Kequiang of China, who took over in March last, is to visit India, Pakistan, Switzerland and Germany during his first round of overseas visits after taking over as the Prime Minister. His clubbing together his visits to India and Pakistan on his way to Europe indicates the equal importance which the newly-elected Chinese...

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