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South Asia Satellite: India harnesses technology for regional good

On May 5, India successfully launched the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F09), carrying the GSAT-9, better known as the first South Asia Satellite, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The launch of the satellite not only boosted India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy but created a new era in space...

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Is the Clash of Civilization Real?

While there can be no defense for the terrorism and despicable brutalities perpetrated by the al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, ISIS and their likes the international community should remain conscious of the risks of identity politics by marginalized segment of societies on grounds of religion. Alarming reports continue to pour in of violence threatening...

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Nationalism isn't a dirty word

I was astounded to see the caption in a recent TV debate: ”Stone pelters versus Nationalists.” It is shocking to see, after decades of efforts to establish law and order in Kashmir, made with the blood and sweat of security forces and policemen, stone pelters conditioning the national discourse on Jammu and Kashmir. It hurts me to find...

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Needed : A full time Defense Minister

The Indian system of governance, in the manner it has evolved post-independence, is unique, especially as it concerns the functioning of the military. Fear and lack of trust on the military, compelled the Government to relegate it to the level of attached offices, the only country to do so. It was post Kargil and the Kargil committee report,...

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North Korea on the Nuclear Brink: Is it for Real or just Posturing?

With the situation in the Korean peninsula fast escalating that could probably aggravate into a possible nuclear conflagration being launched by North Korea against the United States and its immediate neighbours, Japan and South Korea, what are its possibilities given the strategic and operational capabilities of North Korea at the present...

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