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Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Armed Forces | Date: 15 May , 2012

The deliberations, in the 1970s, of the United Nations Conferences on the Law of the Sea led to the establishment of India’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). On 25 August 1976, India passed the...

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Strategic power play in Myanmar

Strategic power play in Myanmar

By: Col R Hariharan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 May , 2012

The US Secretary of State Ms Hilary Clinton’s recent visit to Myanmar, the first ever of its kind in the last five decades, is likely to be a turning point in the estranged relationship between...

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Maoist Tactics: Wanted cool thinking, not Bravado

Maoist Tactics: Wanted cool thinking, not Bravado

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Apr , 2012

The Maoists have been increasingly resorting to abduction as one of their tactics for cowing down the State and society and for demonstrating their ability to enforce their will on the State. The...

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Afghanistan: All is not yet lost

Afghanistan: All is not yet lost

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2012

All is not yet lost in Afghanistan. The Taliban and its affiliates such as the so-called Haqqani Network are alive and active not only in the interior provinces, but even in Kabul. They still...

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Tibetan unrest spreads from Sichuan to Qinghai

Tibetan unrest spreads from Sichuan to Qinghai

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Mar , 2012

The Tibetan unrest against the repressive policies of the Chinese authorities has spread from the Tibetan areas of Western Sichuan to Qinghai. According to details received late, Qinghai has...

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Counter-Terrorism: The NCTC Controversy

Counter-Terrorism: The NCTC Controversy

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Mar , 2012

India has been facing the evil of terrorism since 1971 when two members of the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hijacked an Indian Airlines plane to Lahore and set it on fire after asking...

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China: Better to counter microblogs than to block them

China: Better to counter microblogs than to block them

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2012

According to Radio Free Asia, funded by the US State Department, Zhu Mingguo,deputy leader of the Guangdong provincial Government in China, which witnessed a people’s revolt in the village of...

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National Counter Terrorism Centre Fiasco

National Counter Terrorism Centre Fiasco

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Feb , 2012

Before 9/11 the assessment in the US was that terrorist threats to the US from abroad would be more serious than home-based threats.The responsibility for co-ordinating preventive action was,...

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The Tibetan Satyagraha

The Tibetan Satyagraha

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Feb , 2012

The recent hard-line statements from the Han rulers of Tibet expressing concern over the situation in Tibet and their determination to crush the so-called splittist movement is a reflection of...

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Countdown to China's first Aircraft Carrier

Countdown to China's first Aircraft Carrier

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The issue of the Chinese aircraft carrier, the former Russian Varyag, has re-emerged in the last few days. Both the United States and Japan have asked China to “˜explain its perceived need for...

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Navies in the Indian Ocean

Navies in the Indian Ocean

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Book Excerpt: Transition to Guardianship: The Indian Navy 1991-2000 | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

  To understand the role of the Navy in the 90s it may be important to review the circumstances in which the Navy was required to operate in that time “” especially with regard to the...

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India-Iran Defence Cooperation

India-Iran Defence Cooperation

By: Dr Monika Chansoria | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

As Asian Nations work towards integrating familiar areas of mutual interests, defence cooperation by and large, serves as a significant tool that complements diplomatic enterprise. Collaboration...

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India and its neighbours

India and its neighbours

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 16 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> It is considered almost axiomatic that management of relations with neighbours should be the first priority of any countrys foreign policy. The stakes are always high as conditions in its...

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New technologies and trends in Submarines

New technologies and trends in Submarines

By: Vice Adm Rajeshwer Nath | Issue: Vol. 26.4 Oct-Dec 2011 | Date: 15 Feb , 2012

“At the beginning of the last century, Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson described submarine as underhanded, damned un-English and he suggested that we treat all submarines as pirate ships in wartime...

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Burma to Japan with Azad Hind-I

Burma to Japan with Azad Hind-I

By: Air Commodore Ramesh S Benegal | Issue: Book Excerpt: Burma to Japan with Azad Hind | Date: 14 Feb , 2012

 JAPAN Our first impression—and it turned out to be a lasting one—was that the people in Kyushu were quite different from the Japanese we had encountered in the occupied territories of Burma,...

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Facts about Chinese presence in POK

Facts about Chinese presence in POK

By: Bhashyam Kasturi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2012

At the end of last year, statements were made by the Indian Army Chief, General V.K. Singh about the presence of Chinese Peoples Liberation Army [PLA] troops in the Northern Areas of Pakistan....

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The Challenge of China

The Challenge of China

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Threat from China | Date: 11 Feb , 2012

The recent denial of a visa by China to one of our senior most serving army officers has taken the Indian Security and Diplomatic establishment by considerable surprise, more so when the visa was...

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Opening-Up of Myanmar

Opening-Up of Myanmar

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Feb , 2012

The three-day (Nov.30—Dec 2, 2011) visit of Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, to Myanmar— the first by a US Secretary of State since the visit of Johan Foster Dulles in 1955—...

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It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions

It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Book Excerpt: Tibet - The Lost Frontier | Date: 07 Feb , 2012

Kiren Rijiju, the 36-year-old firebrand Member of Parliament representing Arunachal Pradesh (West), does not share the government’s and Indian Army’s perceptions about Chinese incursions in...

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India: Back to France

India: Back to France

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> The Government of India must press ahead with its last-lap negotiations with Dassault Aviation of France for the finalisation of the definitive contract for the acquisition of 126 Rafale...

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