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Where Is Article 370 Now That Rohingyas And Bangladeshis Are Being Settled In Jammu And Ladakh?
Hari Om Mahajan | 15 Jan , 2017 0 comments

Jammu is up in arms against the authorities. This time, it is not against discriminatory policies being pursued by the successive Kashmir-dominated and Valley-centric governments in Jammu & Kashmir since 1947, but against the settlement of Rohingyas from Myanmar in Jammu and Ladakh, both strategically vital for national security.  According to...

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New Highway near Mount Kailash
Claude Arpi | 14 Jan , 2017 0 comments

The Chinese Law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requires the State to consult the population about any new project; it is how some information on the new highway projects in Western Tibet (Ngari Prefecture) came in the public domain.  Last week I had mentioned the construction of a 558 km-long highway connecting Xinjiang and Tibet,...

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India-Indonesia Relations after President Jokowido’s Visit
Sumit Kumar | 13 Jan , 2017 0 comments

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as “Jokowi,” was on a two-day state visit to India on 12-13 December 2016. This was the first visit by an Indonesian President in the last six years and also the first bilateral talks since  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Jokowi assumed the office in 2014. While Vice-President...

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Decommissioned Military Hardware – A Potential Diplomatic Asset for India

India’s efforts to increase its arms exports have, to date, met with limited success. This is not entirely surprising as India is an unknown quantity in arms manufacturing on the global scene, despite its robust domestic industry and the substantial production undertaken to date. It is noteworthy that the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has...

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Arrogance and Deterrence
Claude Arpi | 11 Jan , 2017 2 comments

Several years ago, during an interview with a senior Tibetan Lama on the future of China, the venerable monk started quoting the Mahabharata; he said, “look at Ravana, he had become so arrogant that this triggered his own end.” He conclusion was that China today (it was several years ago), was becoming far too arrogant and it was not a sign...

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