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India’s Military Strategy Vis a Vis China
“When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness”, - Sun Tsu. A Legacy of Dispute The territorial dispute in the Trans-Himalayan Region is a
The Pawan Bansal Case: Gaping Holes in CBI Probe
Remember Alice in ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and her meeting with the Cheshire Cat? The cat vanishes, leaving only her grin behind, at which Alice says, “Well! I’ve seen a cat without a grin but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!” The Pawan Bansal case, which pertains to a bribe allegedly offered by the then General Manager of the Central Railway, Mahesh Kumar to be appointed as Member, Railway Board, with the electrical portfolio, is even more curious a case than that of the grin without a cat. The officer was caught paying a bribe of Rs.
Uttarakhand Tragedy: Need for Preparedness, Accountability
There is this apocryphal story of how three men reacted on seeing a pedestrian ahead of them falling into a ditch. While the one immediately following the victim too fell into the ditch, the second person avoided the pothole saving himself whereas the third man got hold of a cover, covered the ditch and made a safe path for himself and others to cross the ditch.
The Ishrat Jahan Case Chargesheet: More Questions than Answers
On 4th July 2013, newspapers had headlined reports to the effect that the Delhi Special Police Establishment (hereinafter referred to as CBI for the sake of convenience) has put up a challan against eight police officers of Gujarat on a charge of murdering one Ishrat Jahan and three of her companions near Ahmedabad in 2004. The newspapers also reported that CBI is trying to prosecute the present Special Director of the Intelligence Bureau for being party to the murders.
Morsi’s Ouster: Failure of Political Islam
If the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak by the mass of protestors in Tahrir Square in 2011 was a surprise, the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by even larger protests in Tahrir Square and across Egypt in recent days is equally dramatic. Mubarak was in power for 30 years. The people, tired of his repressive and corrupt rule, wanted change. Morsi, in power for only a year, has alienated the people extraordinarily quickly, forcing a regime change.
Strategic Communication Planning -Critical for Governance, Security
A recent television commercial apparently meant to popularize Chinese noodles, in fact, establishes the superiority of products made in China. Over the years, Indian people have formulated a perception that products made in China may be considerably cheaper but actually are of very inferior quality and do not last long. This commercial is aimed to manipulate this popular perception and plant the thought in the minds of Indian children that Chinese goods are better and desirable.
Indo-US Relations: Time to Impart Momentum
The fourth India US strategic dialogue that was held in New Delhi in the last week of June was aimed at reviewing progress in bilateral relations and outlining the trajectory ahead. Given the nature of evolving Indo-US relationship, no major breakthrough was expected. However, the dialogue also brought on the same table all important government stakeholders involved in the Indo-US strategic engagement thereby providing a common platform for discussion besides ensuring a holistic understanding of the nuances and reducing the dissonance.
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