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Electronic Voting – Election Commission Must Do A Rethink
The Election Commission may have won the legal battle vis-à-vis the efficacy of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in view of the recent judgement of the Delhi High Court1, but it has a lot of work to do if it wishes to remove the prevailing scepticism about the efficacy of these machines.
Working in Real Time
Will the long-awaited National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which will come into existence on March 1, make a difference? Most commentators feel it won’t. They say it is nothing more than affixing a fanciful American label that had fascinated home minister P Chidambaram on the decade-old Multi- Agency Centre (MAC). They also wonder why it took him three years to set it up.
An Indian Cyber Security Mechanism: Need of the Hour
Along with outer space, cyber space is slowly but surely emerging as a new frontier of the war. While in a space war, the adversary’s movement can be, to a large extent predicted, with a fairly good degree of certainty and counter measures deployed well in advance, in the cyber battlefield, the enemy not only remains invisible but also enjoys the advantage of deciding upon the timing and nature of the attack designed to inflict “maximum damage” on the adversary. Indeed, in a cyber war, stealth and anonymity stand out as the trump card of the enemy.
Political Crisis in Maldives and Options for India
In a surprising turn of events, even for many of Maldivians, Mohamad Nasheed, the first democratically-elected head of the state of Maldives, resigned on 07 February 2012 in the wake of anti-government protests and police mutiny. Although Mohamad Waheed Hassan Manik, who has been elevated as President (from Vice Presidentship), insists that it was “not a coup”, Nasheed claims that he was threatened with a “bloodbath” if he refused to step down. In his address to the nation soon after his resignation, Nasheed stated, “I don't want to hurt any Maldivian.
Analysing the Attempted Military Coup in Bangladesh
The civil-military relations in Bangladesh have always been unstable, in a country that has been marred by numerous military coups in the past. The Bangladeshi army has been known for factionalism and politicization of its forces.
Spot The Difference - Is the Turkish Model a Way out for Pakistan?
To start believing that democracy is taking root in Pakistan because the political confrontation between Prime Minister Gilani and General Kayani has not resulted in a military coup would be premature. There have been moments in Pakistan’s political history when the army has lost public support — both General Ayub and General Musharraf were ousted by civil revolts — without leading to any durable triumph of democracy in the country. Why should it be different now?
India’s Defence Production and Research – Need for Transformational up-gradation
Early January 2012, the US Defence Department came out with its Strategic Guidance Document, nineteen years after the last was brought out in 1993. Spelling out American “Priorities for 21st Century Defence,” this document delineates the future arc of competition and conflict extending from Asian Pacific to West Asia. Geographically, the median point of this strategically important region passes through India. This positions India in a setting that accentuates its strategic vulnerability as also provides openings for playing a more dominant and pro-active role in the region.
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