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The Anna Hazare Movement: In Retrospect – Analysis

As Anna Hazare broke his 12 day long fast on 28 August 2011, lakhs of people celebrated across the country in various ways. While some consider Anna’s anti-corruption movement a way forward for India’s democracy, critics have described Anna’s methods as blackmail and the movement undemocratic and intolerant. However, it is important to examine the… Continue reading The Anna Hazare Movement: In Retrospect – Analysis

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The Afghan National Army: How Prepared is it?

With President Obama’s announcement of the accelerated schedule of withdrawal    of US-NATO forces from Afghanistan, a key factor for analysis is the state of readiness of the Afghan National Army (ANA) to take over and step into the breach. Is it prepared to undertake stand alone operations in the post withdrawal scenario? It is so… Continue reading The Afghan National Army: How Prepared is it?

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Revisiting the early years of China-Pakistan Relations

On 11 August 2011, China launched Pakistan’s first communication satellite, PAKSAT-1R on board China’s Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province. This marked a stronger technological cooperation between the two all weather friends. This is yet another important development for the two countries celebrating 2011 as the year of their… Continue reading Revisiting the early years of China-Pakistan Relations

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Factor

With a series of six nuclear explosions, on 28 and 30 May 1998, Pakistan declared itself a nuclear power, putting an end to its long-practiced policy of nuclear ambiguity. The Chagai Hills nuclear tests by Pakistan were in response to India’s nuclear tests conducted two weeks earlier at Pokharan. the perceived indian threat was the… Continue reading Pakistan’s Nuclear Factor

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China and Pakistan: Dangerous Liaisons

Pakistan’s relation with the US has been marked by an unprecedented low post the elimination of Osama Bin Laden in a US commando operation inside Pakistan. Amid these moments, Pakistan’s “time-tested and all-weather friend” China has been continuously expressing support for the country. Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani’s four-day official visit to China from May… Continue reading China and Pakistan: Dangerous Liaisons

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Taking stock of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

The Fukushima Dai’chi nuclear plant continues to remain the focus of the world’s attention as workers grapple with the probable meltdown in the power plant. The nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant is a result of the earthquake, followed by the tsunami, which hit Japan on 11 March 2011, leading to massive human and infrastructure… Continue reading Taking stock of Japan’s Nuclear Crisis

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How secure is India’s radioactive material?

The WikiLeaks revelation about Al-Qaeda trying to stockpile ‘dirty’ nuclear explosives and recruit rogue scientists to plot 9/11-like terror attacks in major cities of the world, should be a concern for India. Another revelation that shows that the threat is real is The Telegraph’s report that the West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan told the Americans… Continue reading How secure is India’s radioactive material?

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The IED Menace

Improvised Explosive Devices are as devious as the minds of the persons who create them. Over the years, like with conventional weaponry, this method of warfare has also evolved to achieve greater assured destruction. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka, before it was decimated with frontal military assaults had earned for itself… Continue reading The IED Menace

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Winning hearts and minds

Many parts of the world are inflicted with insurgencies and militaries world over have been deployed in numerous counter-insurgency (CI) operations. Similarly, the Indian Army along with defending the borders continues to remain deployed in counter-insurgency operations ranging from the North-East to Jammu & Kashmir, for almost 60 years. Considering the importance of the civil… Continue reading Winning hearts and minds

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India’s Silence on Chinese Incursions

China continues to convince the world about its ‘peaceful rise’, a claim which gets periodically belied by Chinese actions and strategic developments. The New Year was greeted by the first flight of China’s fifth-generation stealth fighter aircraft Chengdu J-20 on January 4, 2011. The Chinese have regularly asserted that it is upgrading its military weapons… Continue reading India’s Silence on Chinese Incursions