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Resolute action, not bombast, required in terror attacks

Resolute action, not bombast, required in terror attacks

By: Sudip Talukdar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Feb , 2019

Forthright action should now replace the sheer bombast that drives political and social discourse in India, regarding wanton acts of terror against soldiers, security men and civilians alike. What...

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Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Feb , 2019

The suicide bomber terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in the Pulwama district February 14 that killed more than 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force and injured many others is the...

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Myanmar: The Dragon on a ‘Roll’

Myanmar: The Dragon on a ‘Roll’

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 16 Feb , 2019

Events in Myanmar are moving at a bewildering pace both in the ethnic front and in moving towards Constitutional amendments. There is an indirect benefit for India too with the Myanmar Army acting...

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Pulwama Attack: Stand steadfast in support of the brave Indian soldiers

Pulwama Attack: Stand steadfast in support of the brave Indian soldiers

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Feb , 2019

The terrorist attack on a CRPF convoy at Pulwama, Srinagar, is a tragedy of monumental proportions. It was a cowardly act of mindless violence that has left the entire nation aghast and horrified....

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Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

Bangladesh-China relations have metamorphosed into a strategic partnership

By: Mohammad Tarikul Islam | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 14 Feb , 2019

Diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and China were established in 1976, five years after Bangladesh’s independence. Consolidation and enhancement of China-Bangladesh friendship and...

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Balochistan: Contextualising the Recent Spike in Attacks

Balochistan: Contextualising the Recent Spike in Attacks

By: Anwar Ali Tsarpa | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 13 Feb , 2019

On 23 November 2018, a Baloch insurgent group, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) attacked the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. In a statement, the BLA said the “objective of the...

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Pakistan’s vicious propaganda against Kashmir has no takers anywhere

Pakistan’s vicious propaganda against Kashmir has no takers anywhere

By: Dr. Simrit Kahlon | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 12 Feb , 2019

Pakistan’s propaganda against India is a 24/7 feature! It, however, peaks in the month of February with the sham of “Kashmir Solidarity Day” (KSD), an annual ritual since 1990 being observed...

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1971 War: Battle of Bogra

1971 War: Battle of Bogra

By: Lt Gen JBS Yadava | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 11 Feb , 2019

The capture of Bogra was a landmark victory in which every soldier of 5/11 GR played a vital role against the enemy, which was entrenched in fortified positions. It was a classic battle in a built...

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Afghanistan’s Future- Exclusive Preserve of Afghan People and not...

Afghanistan’s Future- Exclusive Preserve of Afghan People and not...

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 10 Feb , 2019

Afghanistan’s future and decisions thereto are exclusively the preserve of the will of the Afghan people and not within purview of the United States-Taliban Agreements as perceptionaly the...

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HAL and India's Race to the Bottom

HAL and India's Race to the Bottom

By: Gp Capt Murli Menon, (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 09 Feb , 2019

The Mirage 2000 crash in Bengaluru and the tragic fatalities of the two test pilots must make Indian policy-makers recognise and take steps to urgently address the conditions in which the...

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Trumps Himalayan blunder in Afghanistan and India’s options

Trumps Himalayan blunder in Afghanistan and India’s options

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Feb , 2019

Among the many disasters that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump, his Afghanistan policy will stand out in history as the most catastrophic. Trump has, right from his campaign for the...

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Maritime Crime and Terrorism

Maritime Crime and Terrorism

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 07 Feb , 2019

The diverse nature of maritime crimes and threats is blurring the distinction between traditional defence against other nation states, to ensuring broader maritime security from non-traditional...

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Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

Myanmar: A civil war developing in Rakhine State

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 06 Feb , 2019

The conflict in Rakhine State is slowly developing into a civil war that will have repercussions not only in Rakhine State but may also spread into Chin Area and thereby getting close to the...

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American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be calamitous for region

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 05 Feb , 2019

US President Donald Trump is desperate to recall troops from Afghanistan for domestic compulsions and, for this, he appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation in...

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Murder of Isharat Muneer exposes merciless, sadistic, brutal face of terrorists

Murder of Isharat Muneer exposes merciless, sadistic, brutal face of terrorists

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2019

“Fear” is the primary instrument for the sustenance of terror! Terrorists depend upon this element to further their multifarious unholy activities, be it wanton killing of innocents,...

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Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

Xi’s Disquieting Dream of National Rejuvenation

By: Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 01 Feb , 2019

In the run up to the First World War, Germany pursued a combination of overbearing diplomacy and brinkmanship to achieve policy goals, despite the risk of war. Demanding a review of the...

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The Super Power Buckles

The Super Power Buckles

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 31 Jan , 2019

Eighteen years after the US launched the first global war on terrorism in Afghanistan, the end state desired at its commencement by the US and its Afghan supporters for this impoverished and...

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Myanmar: China on “Overdrive” to solve the Ethnic Question: Why?

Myanmar: China on “Overdrive” to solve the Ethnic Question: Why?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 30 Jan , 2019

From the flurry of activities of Sun Guoxiang, Special Envoy for Asian Affairs and the Chinese Ambassador at Yangon, it looks hat Chinese are in a desperate hurry to solve the question of the...

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Informal Diplomacy: Reinforcing Bangladesh-India relationships

Informal Diplomacy: Reinforcing Bangladesh-India relationships

By: Mohammad Tarikul Islam | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 29 Jan , 2019

Informal (Track-II) diplomacy, also known as non-official “people to people” contact, is the only way to help bring change in the mindset of people and enhances better understanding for peace...

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Maldives under President Solih: A Progress report

Maldives under President Solih: A Progress report

By: RM Panda | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 28 Jan , 2019

The performance of the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s government has had mixed results so far.  But judging from the enormous problems inherited by Solih, it is fair to say that Solih is...

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