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NSG stamp for Sino-Pak pact a blow to India
The June meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has legitimized the supply of two additional nuclear reactors to Pakistan by China in violation of its own NSG commitments. This is a blow to our security interests. China presented the NSG with a frontal challenge, and the NSG has buckled.
French Fire: Diplomacy eased the challenges Rafale faced to qualify for the MMRCA commercial bid
The concept of a strategic partnership between India and France emerged politically after our nuclear tests in 1998. France adopted a much more accommodating position on India’s decision to test than any other western country. Instead of punishing India with sanctions, a policy that the US supported, the French advocated a dialogue with India to find common ground between India’s security imperatives and preserving the non-proliferation regime. The French position was important given its status as a permanent member of the Security Council and a nuclear weapon state.
The Role of The Prime Minister in A Westminster Democracy
Under the Indian Constitution the executive power of the Union vests in the President and is exercised by him through officers subordinate to him. However, in exercising his executive power the President is bound to act according to the aid and advice rendered to him by the Prime Minister and the Council of Minister. Under Article 74 it is required that, “ There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Prime Minister at the head to aid and advise the President who shall, in exercise of his functions, act in accordance with such advice”.
China as Hydro- Hegemon : The Onset of Water Wars
The Chinese civilization is characterized by its ability to do long term perspective thinking of an unusual order. As far back as 1952, Chairman Mao Ze dong had articulated that Water Stress in the Northern and Western parts of China would be a very major challenge that would emerge a half century or so later. In fact this strategic long term thinking seems to have originated much earlier than 1952 and seems to have been instrumental in China’s decision to invade and conquer Tibet – the Water Tower of Asia – in 1950 itself. The following facts are pertinent:-
The Arab Spring: Opening A Pandorra’s Box?
The so called Arab spring represents a massive popular movement, not seen or predicted in the Arab world ever since the Suez sponsored Nasserite upheaval. It is as significant as the falling of the Berlin wall. The effects of the falling of the Berlin wall are still being felt. Similarly, the Arab spring will lead to irreversible and continuous changes.
The Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparation) Bill 2011 - A Review
Ever since the riots in Gujarat post Godhra the so-called civil rights groups have been gunning for Narendra Modi and the Gujarat Government. The allegation is that the riots which targeted Muslims were instigated and supported by the ruling party, BJP, with encouragement by government which ensured that the administration failed to react positively and suppress the riots.
Is Nepal Any Closer To Resolution of The Political Impasse?
On May 28, 2011 when the extended term of the Constituent Assembly was due to expire, almost everyone had given up hopes of averting a constitutional crisis that would have followed.
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