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National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) : Tryst with Terror

The killing of 24 people in Assam by NDFB—with a definitive accent on Hindi-speaking targets—has proven not only the futility of prolongation of ceasefires with insurgent organisations, but also the fact that engineering of splits in such outfits....

Whither Nuclear Japan?

Not a million dollar question. Nonetheless it has come to occupy the minds of policy makers, strategists and academics alike of late. Let us set aside the usual details for the sake of space and brevity and examine the factors that are attributed to ....

Abstracts of Speakers International Seminar on “How Deep are the Roots of Indian Civilization? An Archaeological and Historical Perspective”

Keynote Address delivered by Professor B. B. Lal (Former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India) For quite some time a series of postulates have been distorting our vision of India's past. Some of these are: 1. The Vedas are no o....

Post-election Myanmar and Indian Strategy

As India strives to find its place in the international system and in the region as an important player, the result of the recently concluded 7 November 2010 elections in Myanmar has apparently thrown up some challenges for Indian strategy. There wer....

Rising India Must Tap Full Potential of Ties with France

President Sarkozy’s impending visit to India (December 4-6) should be seen in the larger perspective of India’s rise and the external environment that has facilitated this. India-France relations have strong foundations built over many decades. U....

Need for Changing the Course of Sino-Indian Relations

The most important task for us ahead of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit in the middle of next month is to grasp the essence of the book ‘Diplomacy Today: Subject and Method’ written by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov last year. It is ....

A Cracker of a Visit, But will The Sparkle Last?

President Obama’s much heralded visit to India produced mixed results. The inordinate coverage given to the visit has exaggerated the positives and obscured some deficient outcomes. On the credit side, we can list a “forward looking” US posi....

Has Obama's Visit Addressed India's Core Concerns?

Satish Chandra, the former deputy national security adviser, wonders whether India's core interests were addressed during President Obama's meetings with Prime Minister Singh. That the three-day Obama visit to India was an indisputable su....

Enhancing the Indo-US Defence Relations: Dissecting the Three ‘Foundational’ Agreements

Introduction The international environment remains in flux. Even though there is a belief that major wars are unlikely yet history has the uncanny knack of surprising us; it is therefore encumbent for nation states while abjuring conflict....

Myanmar Elections: Legitimacy and Beyond

Feeble public interest in the elections in Myanmar scheduled for 7 November 2010 has not influenced neighbours of the country from watching keenly the unfolding scenario. The military regime seems to have decided on the exercise in order to gain some....

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