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Afghanistan: Sanctions on Hekmatyar Lifted; Eyes on Russia
Alexander Murray | 12 Feb , 2017 0 comments

This action by the UNSC is precisely what they had requested nearly two months ago. This sudden development, as I have previously warned, should be met with great skepticism not only for the regional actors involved, but also concerning the ever changing role of Russia. The current situation regarding Russia and Hekmatyar is an abrupt change to...

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Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

The construction of border fence by Myanmar has led to resentment among the people on both sides of the Indo-Myanmar border. The affected people mainly are Konyak, Khiamniungan and Yimchunger Nagas who inhabit the areas of Eastern Nagaland in India and the Naga Self Administered Zone (NSAZ) in Myanmar. The formation of Myanmar as a separate...

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India's Military Modernisation: Trapped in a Fiscal Strait Jacket

The nation budget was presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1, 2017 and the allocation for defence offers some instructive insights about how India plans to nurture its military – that is the three armed forces: the army, navy and air force.  The total allocation for the financial year (FY) 2017-18 is a reasonable Rs 3,59,854...

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Non-Violence and Gandhian thought in Indian Strategic Thinking
Martand Jha | 09 Feb , 2017 0 comments

30th January has been an important day in Indian history since last 70 years as Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated this very day in 1948. One can debate about the contemporary relevance of this day, but no one can deny that Gandhi epitomizes ‘peace and ‘non-violence’ around the globe till this day. Both these concepts are deep rooted in the...

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A Matter of Honour
Maj Gaurav Arya | 08 Feb , 2017 1 comment

Major AVD Pillay was a soldier’s soldier. His father had served in the army. And he expected his son, Divakaran, to be no less. His family had a cherished tradition of bearing arms, now for the Indian Army, and in centuries past, for the kingdom of Kerala. His family had shed blood for the motherland. The Pillays were Nairs, a fighting clan,...

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