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Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Sawhney to Russia
Lt Gen (retd) Ravi Sawhney, Distinguished Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) visited Moscow from 21st to 26th June 2010. During the visit, he met with a cross section of Russian establishments including Mr. Alexey N. Borodavkin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and members of leading Think-Tanks including Dr. Vyacheslav A Nikonov, President, Polity Foundation, CEO of Russkiy Mir Foundation, Professor Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, Director, Russian academy of Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies; Dr. Vladmir I.
Running Out of Talk Time
The next three weeks will be marked by a flurry of India-Pakistan exchanges in Islamabad. These comprise the India-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks on June 24, Chidambaram’s discussions with his counterpart Rehman Malik on terrorism related issues on the sidelines of the SAARC interior ministers meeting on June 26, and the foreign minister-level talks in mid-July.
India’s Strategic Criticality: Need for an Effective National Response
In the last six decades there has indeed been substantial accretion in India’s National Power. The economic progress, technological advancements, human resource development, infrastructural improvements and, to some extent, up-gradation in military capabilities have positioned India as a potential node of emerging multi-polar world order. India’s size geo-political positioning, world’s largest youth bulge, stable democracy and civilizational assets greatly enhance its strategic potential.
Has tank a future?
Introduced 93 years ago at the battle of Ypres in 1917 at the fag end of the First World War, tank (known as main battle tank/MBT) continues to adorn the stage and inventory of virtually all major armies of the world and produced by thirty one countries at present. Surprisingly, however, only six countries effectively used their home built tanks during the Second World War.
Stay Away from The Iran Imbroglio
The Iranian nuclear issue is not any the closer to a denouement with UN Security Council Resolution 1929 of June 9 slapping additional sanctions on Iran, dismissed promptly as inconsequential by its President. The announced sanctions target Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes, as well as entities, banks and individuals involved in these programmes, besides banning certain categories of military supplies. The energy sector has been excluded, but the US may unilaterally impose some additional restrictions in this area.
Glossing Over Rajiv’s Role
Leaders of the Congress are scurrying for cover as the television and print media have begun bombarding the nation with hitherto unknown facts about the horrific environmental disaster that struck Bhopal in 1984. While a host of Congress leaders, including senior Ministers in the Manmohan Singh Government, and party functionaries have come in the media’s line of fire, the real big story is the possible involvement of Rajiv Gandhi in the release of Union Carbide Corporation’s then chairman Warren Anderson.
The US Nuclear Posture Review : Prompt Global Strike System
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