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What does recent sentencing of its officials tell about the Pakistan Army redefining the contours of ‘nationalism’?
Two former senior army officials and a civilian working for what the army termed as "sensitive organization" were awarded rigorous sentences under the Pakistan Army Act and Official Secrets Act on charges of espionage. While Lt. Gen (Retd) Javed Iqbal was handed over life imprisonment of fourteen years, Brigadier (Retd) Raja Rizwan and Dr. Wasim Akram were handed death penalties.1 Unconfirmed reports of their arrests began trickling in since this February, but it took more than three months for the army to confirm this. Since Lt.
भारत के लिए रूस अब भी इतना अहम क्यों है?
भारत एक स्वतंत्र विदेश नीति का अनुसरण करता है। किंतु भू-राजनीतिक वास्तविकताओं के खिंचाव और दबाव को देखते हुए स्वतंत्र विदेश नीति पर चलना आसान काम नहीं है। भारत में प्राय: अमेरिका और जापान पर ही अपने को केंद्रित करने और रूस को उपेक्षित कर देने की प्रवृत्ति देखी जाती है। ऐसा करना एकदम अनुत्पादक होगा। भारत इस तथ्य को झुठला नहीं सकता कि रूस परमाणु और ऊर्जा क्षेत्र में एक प्रमुख प्रारम्भिक ताकत है और रहेगा; कि वह आने वाले लम्बे समय तक संयुक्त राष्ट्र सुरक्षा परिषद का स्थायी सदस्य बना रहेगा। भारत को अपनी रक्षा एवं ऊर्जा-आवश्यकताओं की पूर्ति के लिए भविष्य में रूस पर निर्भर रहना पड़ेगा। चूंकि विश्व ते
After INF, the Future of New-START Hangs in Balance
After the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty early this year, the uncertainty surrounding the extension of New-START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is growing with each passing day. President Trump and his hawkish national security advisor John Bolton have so far shown no sign of renewing the accord, which is set to expire in 2021.
5G Technology: Transformational Synthesis for Armed Forces
Technological superiority has always been the main battle winning factor all through the history of warfare. With no matching weaponry in the Indian arsenal, Bharat, with all the requisite structures of a strong nationality, buckled in face of artillery fire of Babur and subsequently the fire arms of the European mercenaries. As a result, outsiders could intrude into the political space of the Indian sub-continent and ruled us for centuries. Technological superiority continues to be the fundamental fabric even in the present day hybrid warfare environment.
India and SCO Summit at Bishkek and Beyond
India has completed two years as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), and therefore it would be useful to assess the worth and utility of being a member of such an organization. There is no gainsaying in the fact that it is useful to be a member of a multilateral grouping rather than staying outside of it. If one were not a member of SCO it would have been difficult to either articulate or secure and guard against India’s interests whether political, economic or security concerns.
Pakistan: Another Judicial Crisis in the Making?
In 2007 President Musharraf had tried to brow beat the then Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Chaudhry to desist from hearing cases of ‘enforced disappearances’ in Balochistan. This had led to a nation-wide movement of lawyers and ultimately to the ouster of the dictator.
जल-शक्ति
जल-शक्ति नाम से सर्वथा नये मंत्रालय गठन प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी के नेतृत्व में दूसरी बार गठित सरकार के सर्वाधिक महत्त्वपूर्ण कामों में से एक है। दरअसल, यह पहल भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) के चुनावी वादे ‘संकल्प पत्र’ के मुताबिक की गई है। इसमें पानी से संबंधित समस्याओं का समग्रता में और एकीकृत तरीके से निदान की घोषणा की गई थी। नये मंत्रालय को इस सबसे अहम प्राकृतिक संसाधन जल से संबंधित सभी गतिविधियों; पेयजल से लेकर सिंचाई के लिए मैदान, पहाड़ों और जंगलों तक में फैले जल निकायों में पानी का पर्याप्त स्तर बनाये रखने के लिए तालमेल से काम करने का जनादेश मिला हुआ है। अब इसके पूरे एकीकरण में तो समय लगे
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