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A Message to Pakistan
Saurabh Dubey | 07 Feb , 2017 0 comments

An eternal civilization was split as a parting colonial gift;  The rupture continues to bleed from ever growing rift, Rivers of blood burst artificial borders in the torrential flow,   It was the weapon of religion that dealt the fatal blow. . Hallucinating as descendants of conquerors demanded the’ land of pure’,  Till today their...

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Military Must Vote in Coming Elections but Do Service Chiefs Have it in Them?

If the serving soldiers do not vote in the forthcoming state elections, not only will it be a great pity but this would compound such earlier follies. Ensuring every serving soldier votes is part of the command responsibility of the commanders up the chain, right up to the Service Chiefs. Not letting the soldiers vote amounts to denying them...

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The Chinese White Paper on Asia - Pacific Security and the Problem of Reliability
Bhartendu K Singh | 06 Feb , 2017 0 comments

For almost two decades, China is publishing biennial white papers on security in response to western apprehensions about a ‘China threat theory’ that emphasised initially, China’s ‘peaceful rise’ and, subsequently, its balancing of ‘peace and development’.  Over the last few years, these reports have taken up special themes. For...

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Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along
Amit Cowshish | 05 Feb , 2017 0 comments

Defence was not blanked out in the budget speech this time, as it happened last year, but while announcing the allocation for defence, the finance minister avoided any mention of the previous year’s allocation. Perhaps, it was for a reason. At Rs. 2,74,114 crore, the defence budget for 2017-18, excluding defence pensions, is only six per cent...

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Pakistan and the Nature of Sunni-Shia Relations for India
Prateek Kapil | 04 Feb , 2017 0 comments

Sunni-Shia relations are as old as the history of Islam but they are very peculiar in nature. The sectarian relations often thrive in the presence of external enemies, undergo violent interaction in the absence of one and are subservient to forces of nationalism. The nationalist legitimacy to a sect is an important factor in Shia-Sunni...

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