Technology 2019: Another Year of Breakthroughs

Introduction
The world is at the cusp of Fourth Industrial Revolution. 2019 has emphasised on the opportunities and growth from a sound digital economy. Technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IOT)....

Analysing Iran’s Counter Strikes

Iran on 8 January 2020 launched 22 surface-to-surface missiles at two US military bases in Ain al-Asad base in Anbar province and one facility in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.1 The operation called, “Shahid Soleimani” has been....

2019 ने रखी 2020 के लिए भारत में मजबूत ई-वाहन नीति की बुनियाद

भारत में राज्य सरकारों और केंद्रशसित प्रदेशों द्वारा इलेक्ट्रिक वाहनों (ई-वाहन) के लिए नीतियां....

Some Thoughts on the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

As far as I can understand, this act ties up a loose end of the chaos and confusion caused by the Partition of the sub-continent. I clearly remember the day when my parents bundled their children and a widowed mother into an over-crowded railway c....

India`s Chief of Defence Staff: Some Issues to be Resolved

Government of India has created the institution of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as a single point adviser to Raksha Mantri (RM) on all matters concerning the Defence Services of the country and as Secretary of a newly created Department of Military A....

Trump and Iran: Who Lost More?

The media as well as some scholars refer to “Iran-U.S. confrontation” giving the wrong impression that both sides are equally responsible for the genesis of the current crisis in their relations, a crisis that brought the world to the brink of di....

Sabrimala Issue and the Law

All eyes are on the pronouncement of the nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on the Sabarimala issue. The matter is to be heard soon and it is likely that the court will engage itself with the case in a manner that the dispute ends at the earliest.....

West Asia Roundup - December 2019

Abstract:
Year 2019, in keeping with the ongoing trend of conflicts and hotspots in the region, ended in heightening tensions between US and Iran which does not portend well for 2020. Iraq has been facing series of demonstrations and co....

IBGs – Need To Survive To Fight Another Day

Premise
It was reported in Nov 2019, that after having tested the Integrated Battle Group (IBG) concept (explained later) both in the Western, as well as, the Eastern theatre, the Indian Army will be operationalising the IBGs in the field....

Talk by Ambassador Basant Gupta on Spirituality and International Politics: India’s Role

VIF organized a talk by Ambassador Basant Gupta on Spirituality and International Politics: India’s Role on 9 January 2020. The purpose was to cull out strategic insights from our ancient texts. Amb. Gupta spoke about the Bhagavad Gita. He s....

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