Commentaries & Articles
AUKUS’s Nuclear Submarine Pact: Implications
Two strategic groupings – the Quad and AUKUS – are in the news that has caught world’s attention. While the Quad has been for been in existence for some time now, AUKUS is a recent construct. When in September 2021, Australia, the UK and the US announced AUKUS, a new security partnership with the objective to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific that is secure and stable there were murmurs in certain quarters in Japan and India that as two members of the Quad grouping, neither were consulted before its announcement.
India’s Internal Security Challenges
(The following is an updated version of Director’s talk on Internal Security given at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington on 06 Mar 2023) Introduction In the holistic concept of national security, internal security is an extremely important part of the country’s overall national security matrix.
Self-Styled ‘Bhindranwale 2.0’: A Troubling Element in Punjab
ਹਿੰਦੂ ਤੁਰਕ ਕੋਊ ਰਾਫਜੀ ਇਮਾਮ ਸਾਫੀ, ਮਾਨਸ ਕੀ ਜਾਤਿ ਸਬੈ ਏਕੈ ਪਹਿਚਾਨਬੋ ॥ [Quote bySri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, Tenth Sikh Guru] [English translation: “Someone is Hindu and someone a Muslim, then someone is Shia, and someone a Sunni, Recognise the whole of Human race as One.”]
Could the Reaper Have Been Saved – An Analysis
The Incident
According to "Defense One," two Russian SU-27 aircraft intercepted a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle over the Black Sea on March 14, 2023.
Has Singapore Changed its Stance on Ukraine?
On 8th of March 2023, Singapore’s minister for Home Affairs K. Shanmugam delivered the keynote address on the occasion of one year of the Russia-Ukraine war at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. His speech took a critical view of the West which merits attention. It led some wondering if the speech marks a shift in Singapore’s position on the Ukraine war. This commentary will offer an explanation if it is so.
The “One District One Product” Experiment
The state government of Uttar Pradesh is working diligently to grow the state's economy to $1 trillion and boost its share of India's GDP from the current 8% to 15–16%. The "One District One Product (ODOP)" programme was one crucial programme that was introduced in 2018 to achieve this goal. ODOP seeks to revitalise the economy by fostering regional development by utilising local talent, resources, and expertise.
India Impacted by the Great Geopolitical Churn
Any attempt towards predicting the emerging world order is more likely to be incorrect. The geopolitical churn is so immense and future so fundamentally incomprehensible that it will be well served to desist from dire prognostications. The era is cause for intense introspection, with geopolitical tensions stemming from several factors, like the US-China rivalry, pandemic, trade wars, military activities and wars, climate change and the like. Five issues need specific consideration.
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