Geopolitics

Uncomfortable questions on land-swapping with Bangladesh

Uncomfortable questions on land-swapping with Bangladesh

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Mar , 2013

Pakistan has done it again. In its continuing hybrid war against India(about which I have already written in this column), two terrorists belonging to Hizbul Mujahedeen, which is based in...

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Marines: An Over-anxiety to oblige the Italian Government

Marines: An Over-anxiety to oblige the Italian Government

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Mar , 2013

  An over-anxiety on the part of the Government of India to oblige the Italian Government on the issue of the two Italian Marines, who have been charged with killing two Kerala fishermen wrongly...

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China and Pakistan: Plain Talk is the Key!

China and Pakistan: Plain Talk is the Key!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 08 Mar , 2013

Diplomacy does not imply ignoring the obvious where national security is involved. When China warned India to cease oil exploration in Vietnamese waters, there were calls that India should raise...

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A set-back to Islamic extremism in Bangladesh

A set-back to Islamic extremism in Bangladesh

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Mar , 2013

The Shabag movement of Dhaka, which is also referred to as Bangladesh Spring, has been like the Tahrir Square movement of Egypt (2010), a spontaneous uprising of the youth of Dhaka demanding the...

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A Nation and it’s Toothless Nuclear Doctrine

A Nation and it’s Toothless Nuclear Doctrine

By: Air Marshal B D Jayal | Issue: Courtesy: The Telegraph | Date: 05 Mar , 2013

Even as the celebrations at our joining the ‘nuclear club’ start to ebb, contrary information from across the Atlantic is getting shriller. The Ministry of External Affairs now accepts that...

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Chinese Nuclear Capabilities Deployed in Central China

Chinese Nuclear Capabilities Deployed in Central China

By: Maj Gen Afsir Karim | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 25 Feb , 2013

By 1971, the first-known nuclear weapon was brought to Tibet and installed at Tsaidam Basin in northern Amdo (Ch: Qinghai).1 Today, the defence arsenal is believed to include 17 top-secret radar...

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Maritime Ambitions of China

Maritime Ambitions of China

By: Vice Adm RN Ganesh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Rise of China | Date: 19 Feb , 2013

Before the 15th century China was a seafaring nation, with advanced shipbuilding and navigation skills. After the famous voyages of Admiral Zheng He during the Ming period which demonstrated what...

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India’s compass on terror is faulty

India’s compass on terror is faulty

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2013

Afzal Guru’s hanging shows the ineptness with which our political system deals with the grave problem of terrorism. The biggest challenge to our security, and indeed that of countries all over...

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China’s New Himalayan Thrust

China’s New Himalayan Thrust

By: Bhaskar Roy | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 03 Feb , 2013

Recent views of some Indian experts studying China are persuading the strategic community that China is very likely to attack India in 2012. This view has apparently begun to influence some in...

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There is no end game in Afghanistan

There is no end game in Afghanistan

By: Maj Gen Vinod Saighal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Feb , 2013

The subject has become centre stage primarily because the USA has made clear its intention to pull out from Afghanistan. The countries that would view it as a positive development would be...

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A policy of denial and defiance

A policy of denial and defiance

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Courtesy: MidDay Mumbai | Date: 28 Jan , 2013

  What is with Pakistan’s rulers? Have they made their state a state in denial or are they themselves in a state of denial? It was both interesting and disturbing to see speakers from Pakistan...

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India- Pak dialogue, futile exercise

India- Pak dialogue, futile exercise

By: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2013

The killing, and more importantly, savage mutilation of two soldiers of the Indian Army on the Line of Control ( LoC) has put a big question mark on the ' on- again/ off- again' dialogue the two...

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Shamelessly, business as usual with Pakistan

Shamelessly, business as usual with Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jan , 2013

“PM gives ‘tough message’ to Pakistan” says the media. Did he by the meek remark of ‘business cannot be as usual’, delivered in characteristic apologetic body language? The fact this...

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Pak savagery on the Line of Control in J&K

Pak savagery on the Line of Control in J&K

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jan , 2013

Pakistani troops crossed the Line of control ( LoC ) in the Poonch Sector of J and K and killed two India soldiers. It is not so much the killing but the savage act and heinous crime of...

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Should India Invade Pakistan?

Should India Invade Pakistan?

By: Dr Amarjit Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jan , 2013

  The British were smart when they created Pakistan in 1947 with a distinct aim to keep India weak, while having a Pakistan they could control, as well as have access to the region for their...

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Dealing with Pakistan

Dealing with Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Raj Kadyan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Jan , 2013

  The long ceasefire line in J&K came into existence on cessation of hostilities when Pakistan had attacked Kashmir soon after Independence. They had almost reached Srinagar before being pushed...

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No change in Pakistan’s Military Doctrine!

No change in Pakistan’s Military Doctrine!

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2013

Media reports emanating from Pakistan’s civilian Government as well as  from the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Army speak of an on-going review of Pakistan’s military doctrine in order...

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Towards Better Ties: But nothing to show forward movement

Towards Better Ties: But nothing to show forward movement

By: Sunita Vakil | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 30 Dec , 2012

The road to Indo-Pakistan detente taken in the recent past has seen pleasant surprises keeping the peace process chugging along. The bilateral talk between the two countries last week to...

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US India Pakistan – The Eternal Triangle

US India Pakistan – The Eternal Triangle

By: Vikram Sood | Issue: Courtesy: MidDay Mumbai | Date: 27 Dec , 2012

President Barack Obama will soon be sitting with his team to prioritise his to-do-list for his legacy that will be intertwined with how he handles his country’s strategic and national concerns....

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Disputes in the South China Sea

Disputes in the South China Sea

By: Maj Gen PK Chakravorty | Issue: Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date: 25 Dec , 2012

Prior to analysing the dispute it is important to understand the UN Law of the Sea. The 1982 Convention on the Law of Seas has numerous guidelines pertaining to islands, the continental shelf,...

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