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India and France Join Hands to Deliver ‘Public Goods at Sea’
Among the many facets of India-France bilateral relations, cooperation in the maritime domain has been high on the agenda. Maritime security with strong constabulary elements, exchange of information on White Shipping, Varuna series of naval exercises that have been creatively conceptualized and expanded, regular port calls by naval ships and training activities, and high level naval exchanges have figured prominently in the matrix of bilateral cooperation.
CDS Appointment: An Opportunity to Streamline Defence Acquisitions
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day announcement from the ramparts of Red Fort to create Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) constitutes a major milestone in the history of India’s defence reforms1. The appointment of CDS was one of the key recommendations of the Kargil Review Committee (KRC) and the Group of Ministers Report (GoM) along with a host of other measures to introduce structural reforms in the Indian defence2. Yet, for the past two decades, there has been much political and bureaucratic contestation around the appointment of CDS.
The 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (2019-2020)
The 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will be held from mid-September 2019 till mid-September 2020. The African Group’s candidate Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande of Nigeria, a political scientist, educationist and career diplomat, has been unanimously elected President of this session of the UNGA, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter on 26 June 2020.
कश्मीरी आतंकियों की नई नस्ल
कश्मीर में आतंकवाद के मौजूदा दौर के पीछे विचारधारा की मजबूत बुनियाद है। यह 1990 के दशक की विचारधारा से एकदम अलग है। आतंकवाद के इस दौर को जरूरत वैचारिक खुराक वहाबी और मौदूदी पंथों से निकलने वाले इस्लामी धर्मज्ञान से मिलती है। उस लिहाज से यह दुनिया भर में फैले जिहादी आंदोलनों से अलग नहीं है। वैचारिक नतीजे भी उसी तरह के हैं।
Is it Time for India to Up its Game in West Asia?
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and France this week to boost bilateral ties with these states. The visit comes in the wake of support that India has received from these countries after New Delhi decided to scrap Article 370 from its constitution, which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Modi government has worked hard to build close ties with the Gulf monarchies as well as France in recent years.
Misleading Reportage: India Remains a Miracle and Robust Democracy
A few days ago, a relative who lives in the US brought to my attention an article by Ramachandra Guha in The Washington Post of 14th August titled “India was a Miracle Democracy. But it’s Time to Downgrade its Credentials.” I wrote the reply below with the idea of giving friends and relatives living abroad a more balanced and less alarmist perspective on what’s happening in India. The reply is appended in the following part.
Education and Technology: The New Frontier of Indo-Bhutan Relationship
India and Bhutan share a very close relationship not only in terms of geography but also in terms of history, traditions, culture and spirituality. The relationship between India-Bhutan runs very deep and there are regular high-level visits between both the countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent two-day visit (17-18th August) was in line with the tradition.
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October 5, 2019
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October 18, 2019
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