Commentaries & Articles
Futile Review Of National Security
The Task Force appointed by the UPA Government for national security review is unlikely to produce a report that will carry weight and be accepted for implementation. Its limited remit and the fact that it comprises retired officials who carry no clout make the much-needed review a non-starter. The Government should have made a sincere effort to bring the security reform process initiated by the Group of Ministers in 2001 back on track.
Encircling the ‘Light of Asia’: the Lumbini Project
Though he often lamented the extent and depth of Indian influence on Chinese civilisation in the past, Ambassador Hu Shih (1891-1962) scholar-formidable of China’s cultural renaissance nevertheless conceded India’s immense contribution to his country’s cultural and civilisational development in a paper entitled ‘East and West: The Indianization of China: A Case Study in Cultural Borrowing’ presented at the Harvard Tercenary Conference of Arts and Science.
A Blinding Obsession
The youthfulness of the new Pakistani foreign minister is in itself of little consequence for the revitalisation of India-Pakistan ties. Some optimism-laced commentary equating her youth with freshness of approach to bilateral relations is more wishful prose than properly weighed political judgment. Suggestions that older-generation Pakistan watchers in India, stuck in the groove of past attitudes, have reacted to her appointment with paucity of imagination is salon babble.
A Diplomatic View Of the MMRCA Deal
India’s tender for 126 Medium Range Multi-role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) has been the object of intensive and prolonged international interest. Such a massive order for advanced aircraft by a single country for procurement from the international market is rare. All the major defence equipment exporters in the world have been eyeing this $10 billion contract avidly, with US, Russia, France, Sweden and the European consortium of Germany, UK, Italy and Spain in the fray.
Dialectics of Ceasefires with Insurgents in the North East
Ceasefire with an insurgent outfit is expected to adopt a progression of steps which would lead to a comprehensive resolution of conflict. Indeed, the path, which a peace process normally takes after a ceasefire is entered into, is expected to be less cumbersome than the one that precedes a ceasefire. Whereas the dynamics that could witness the pre-ceasefire stage could be a long-drawn-out process, with protracted in camera confabulations, engagement of intermediaries etc, a properly managed post-ceasefire situation should ideally result in early resolution.
Indian Mujahedeen and Islamist Agenda in the North East
For some reason or the other, the three blasts that rocked Mumbai recently are being largely attributed to a group that is being termed as Indian Mujahedeen. However, at the time of writing, investigators are also reportedly looking into the possibility of the involvement of senior Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari. Kagzi was allegedly instrumental in carrying out the 11/7 serial train blasts, after which his real association with Lashkar began.
Our transforming relationship with the United States presents major opportunities as well as snares. The increasing attention we receive from the US recognizes as well as contributes to our growing international stature. If the US re-evaluates the potential of its relationship with India, others are spurred to do so in their own interest. If the allies and friends of the US are influenced to follow the US lead, those wary of a fortified India-US relationship because of their own differences with the US have good reason to engage India more.
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