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Look West again, towards Paris
Claude Arpi | 16 Nov , 2017 0 comments

A PMO release said Prime Minister Modi appreciated “the invaluable contribution” of business leaders from both countries. The Narendra Modi government is well aware that it needs to diversify its diplomatic relations if it wants to play a major role in the world. While the Indian media regularly covers the “Look East” or “Act East”...

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The Disarrayed House: American Policy on Afghanistan Inspires Little Confidence
Chayanika Saxena | 15 Nov , 2017 0 comments

It’s  been  three  months since the President of USA,  Donald Trump, made his country’s  intent  clear that it would stay put in  Afghanistan for as long as it took to  “kill  the  terrorists”  there. However, the American policy is far from showing signs of coherence and consistency in thought and action. While much of what...

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The War in the Valley, Baltistan and Ladakh
Brig Amar Cheema | 14 Nov , 2017 0 comments
The War in the Valley, Baltistan and Ladakh

Operations of 161 Brigade After the link up with Punch, Brigadier Sen firmed in the defences of his brigade around Uri. He deployed 1 SIKH and 4 KUMAON at Uri while 2 DOGRA was deployed for the defence of Baramulla. The enemy did not let the defenders settle down and the first attack came on 22 November against the Nalwar post. Luckily, prior...

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Why Vallabhbhai Patel strongly opposed Nehru's 'suicidal policy' of appeasement over China and Tibet
Claude Arpi | 13 Nov , 2017 0 comments

For several reasons, scarce scholarly research has been done on the internal history of the Congress; the main cause is probably that a section of the party would prefer to keep the history under wrap. Take the acute difference of opinion between Sardar Patel, the Deputy Prime Minister and ‘Panditji’, how Nehru was then called by...

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Renewed Mandate from Heaven: Xi Unfolds Grand Strategy for China’s Long March

According to Chinese traditional belief, it is the ‘mandate of heaven’ (tianming) that selects an individual to rule. A Confucian idea to facilitate the dynastic cycle, it implied that while good rulers would be allowed to govern with a renewed mandate, the mandate would be revoked in the case of despotic and unjust rulers. The first...

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