Commentaries & Articles
Forty Years of Bangladesh Liberation: Quite Young
Bangladesh has celebrated its forty years of liberation from Pakistan on 16 December2011. Anniversaries are very important in personal as well as collective life because it provides an opportunity to think about the time gone by and an opportunity to set new aspirations for the coming time. This becomes particularly important in the life of a nation state where 40 are considered quite young and has to go a long way. The Bangladesh government has begun planning to set an agenda of a “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021 the year when it will be celebrating 50th anniversary.
Pursue an Activist Policy, Reaching out to All Players
The US intent to draw down its forces from Afghanistan beginning July 2011 has been articulated on several occasions since President Barack Obama’s address at West Point on 1 December 2009. In this address he had justified the 30,000 US troop surge in Afghanistan, scheduled for the first half of 2010, on the grounds that it would allow the US to “begin the transfer” of its forces “out of Afghanistan in July of 2011”. He also dwelt upon the importance of capacity building in Afghanistan in order to enable a “responsible transition of US forces” out of the country.
Equipping India’s Defence Forces – Need for Transformational Shift
That a country, which has successfully accomplished a lunar mission and emerged as a global software and IT hub but continues to meet around 70 percent of its defence requirements through imports can hardly lay claim to the status of a military power of global standing. The very fact that India is today the world’s largest arms importer calls for a serious rethink of India’s arms production and defence acquisition strategy.
Give Foreign Policy More Coherence in 2012
The challenges facing Indian diplomacy do not change from one calendar year to the next. The opportunities and problems of 2011 will spill over into 2012 as they are not defined by calendar years. The end of the year provides, nonetheless, an occasion to reflect on some general and specific issues of our foreign policy.
What is The CBI?
So much controversy has been created over whether the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should be under the Lokpal or not that it is time to reflect on what the CBI is. Under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution, List 1, Entry 8 Parliament is competent to legislate on the creation, constitution and structure and working methodology of the Central Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence Bureau. Surprisingly neither agency has been brought under any form of legislation under this provision of the Constitution.
Is Our Secularism Only Skin Deep?
“By his Constitutions of Clarendon he (Henry II Plantagenet) sought to fix the relationship of Church and State and to force the Church in its temporal character to submit itself to life and law of the nation.” (A History of the English speaking people Volume I – Sir Winston Churchill) “We the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic” (The Preamble to the Constitution of India)
How About Some Commonsense in Dealing with Corruption?
I joined the Indian Administrative Service more than fifty-four years ago in 1957. Government was much less complex then, but we were already into an era of planned development and increasingly the regulatory regime of the British was giving way to a more development oriented but state driven government and economy. It was a transition from empire to republic and we of the IAS were a fairly important part of this transition.
VIF News Digest
Defense, National Security and Terrorism, VIF Alerts
July 9, 2019
VIF News Digest: National Security, Defence Studies and Terrorism, 16-30 June, 2019

Defence: Hosting of 12th ReCAAPISC capacity building workshop; Expression of Interest For six P 75(i) Submarines for...

Read More View All
International Development
July 5, 2019
VIF News Digest: International Developments (US, EU, Russia and Africa), 19 June - 3 July, 2019

United States 'Great friends are bound to have disagreements': Mike Pompeo soothes trade tensions on India trip’: CNN, 26...

Read More View All
Neighbourhood News
July 22, 2019
VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: July 22, 2019

PAKISTAN Afghan issue tops agenda of Bajwa’s talks with US officials: Dawn July 22, 2019 Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar...

Read More View All
Forthcoming Events

Search Tags

About Us

The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) is a New Delhi-based think tank set up with the collaborative efforts of India's leading security experts, diplomats, industrialists and philanthropists under the aegis of the Vivekananda Kendra. The VIF’s objective is to become a centre of excellence to kick start innovative ideas and thoughts that can lead to a stronger, secure and prosperous India playing its destined role in global affairs.

Read More


The Vivekananda International Foundation's security experts, diplomats, industrialists and philanthropists podcasts.

View Podcasts

Contact Us