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Interaction with Dr Haseeb Drabu (Minister of Finance, J & K) on 'Developments in Kashmir'

On 05 Oct 2016, the VIF invited Dr. Haseeb Drabu, Minister of Finance in the BJP-PDP coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir, for a talk on the ‘Developments in Kashmir

Discussion on ‘Russia In The 21st Century: Where From, Where To'

The VIF organised an internal discussion the topic being, ‘Russia in the 21st Century: where from, where to’, on 23 Sep 2016. The discussion was conducted by Amb PS Raghavan and moderated by Amb PP Shukla, both India’s former Ambassadors to Russia.

Interaction with Ambassador Timothy Roemer, former Member of the U.S. Congress and Ambassador to India

On 26 Sep 2016, the VIF held a fascinating interaction with Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer, former Member of the US Congress for six terms from Indiana and Ambassador to India (2009-2011), sharing his perspective on the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Visit of a Delegation from China’s Pangoal institution

Leading a four-member delegation, Mr. YI Peng, founder President of the Pangoal Institution, a Bejing-based non-governmental think tank, visited the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) on 20 Sep 2016

Anti-Terror Laws in India and Pakistan: A Comparative Study

Anti-national acts of misguided citizens and their fanatic mentors have forced even democratic governments to enact special laws to deal with these. The purpose of such provisions, which many propagators of individual freedom view as 'draconian', is to prevent anti-nationals from abusing their freedom to harm that very society which offers them that freedom in the first place. Both India and Pakistan have enacted such special laws, but the difference is palpable - the latter, as it is its wont, has given itself more arbitrary powers. In this study, the Shri Sushant Sarin, Senior Fellow, VIF and a well known Pakistan expert, and Ms Navroz Singh, a Research Intern with the VIF, have delved into an interesting comparison between the premise under which such laws are enacted in the two countries.

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Fortnightly Review & Analysis - Neighbourhood Studies (Vol 1 Issue VIII)

(October 1-15, 2016)


News Controversy

Following a meeting of Corps Commanders and Principal Staff Officers, the ISPR issued a statement expressing serious concern over the ‘feeding of a false and fabricated news story’

भारत की पाकिस्तान नीतिः सही राह पर

पिछले कुछ हफ्तों के घटनाक्रम, जिनकी परिणति 29 सितंबर 2016 की आधी रात में भारतीय सेना द्वारा नियंत्रण रेखा के पार बेहद सफल लक्षित हमलों (सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक) के रूप में हुई, एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण की रचना कर गए क्योंकि उनसे भारत की पाकिस्तान नीति में एकदम निश्चित बदलाव दिखा। बिना शर्त बातचीत करते

Fortnightly Review & Analysis – Defense, National Security and Terrorism (Vol 1 Issue VIII)

(October 1-15, 2016)

Enhancing Indian Army’s Inter-operability with Foreign armies

In continuation of its ongoing efforts at enhancing its inter-operability with foreign armies, the Indian Army undertook separate joint exercises with the US and Russian armies over the last fortnight of September 2016.

Bringing Down The Unmanned Machine: A Formidable Challenge and Suggested Way Ahead

The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is as much an attackers’ delight as it is a defenders’ nightmare. In that, while the attackers are celebrating many a virtues of the unmanned phenomenon (long range, tremendous

Land Rights and Conflict in Manipur: Issues and Recommendations

Manipur, the Land of Jewels, has been besieged with conflicts on issues ranging from exclusivity, integration and governance. These conflicts have predominantly stemmed from the basic dispute concerning the land administration. Based on the author's long experience in the North East, this study identifies the contentious aspects regarding land rights in the state and the ethnic conflict that is fueled by it. At conclusion, the paper makes recommendations to manage the conflict of interest.

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