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Afghanistan: Pakistan’s Kashmir Blackmail
US President Barack Obama has kept his promise to begin pulling out American soldiers from Afghanistan by 2011. At the recently concluded Lisbon summit (19-20 November 2010), he suggested that 2014 would be the final year for major US combat engagements in Afghanistan. “My goal is to make sure that by 2014 we have transitioned, Afghans are in the lead and it is a goal to make sure that we are not still engaged in combat operations of the sort we’re involved in now,” Obama declared at the Summit’s conclusion.
Indian Options in Afghanistan
President Obama, while agreeing to the ‘surge’ as suggested by General Stanley A. McCrystal announced in 2009 that US Army will start pulling out of Afghanistan after July 2011. This has resulted in a suspected loss of morale of the US Army and other NATO allies as also the Afghan Government and National Army. Given the home situation in USA, politically it will be very difficult for The President to reverse the order. Other members of International Security Assistance Force ( ISAF ) would, if anything, be too happy to even precede the US Forces.
Is the Red Star shadowing the Rising Sun?
When Manipuri insurgent organisation PLA’s commander-in-chief, Manohar Mayum met journalists in Myanmar’s Somra Tracts (opposite Ukhrul) and proclaimed his group’s alliance with CPI (Maoist) to fight the “common enemy”, the speculation that had been doing the rounds about Maoist inroads into the North East became a reality. Mayum was quite categorical about the alliance.
National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) : Tryst with Terror
The killing of 24 people in Assam by NDFB—with a definitive accent on Hindi-speaking targets—has proven not only the futility of prolongation of ceasefires with insurgent organisations, but also the fact that engineering of splits in such outfits only has a detrimental effect.
Whither Nuclear Japan?
Not a million dollar question. Nonetheless it has come to occupy the minds of policy makers, strategists and academics alike of late. Let us set aside the usual details for the sake of space and brevity and examine the factors that are attributed to constrain Japan from adopting the nuclear path. First, let us deal with the peace constitution and three non-nuclear principles. Article 9 of Japan’s constitution prevents it from resorting to force to settle international disputes, which effectively includes nuclear weapons as they are destructive in nature.
Abstracts of Speakers International Seminar on “How Deep are the Roots of Indian Civilization? An Archaeological and Historical Perspective”
Keynote Address delivered by Professor B. B. Lal (Former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India) For quite some time a series of postulates have been distorting our vision of India's past. Some of these are: 1. The Vedas are no older than 1200 BCE and the Vedic people were nomads. 2. The authors of the Harappan Civilization, ascribable to the 3rd millennium BCE, were a Dravidian-speaking people. This civilization was destroyed by Aryan invaders and thereby became extinct.
Abstracts of Speakers International Seminar on “How Deep are the Roots of Indian Civilization? An Archaeological and Historical Perspective”
Keynote Address delivered by Professor B. B. Lal (Former Director General, Archaeological Survey of India) For quite some time a series of postulates have been distorting our vision of India's past. Some of these are: 1. The Vedas are no older than 1200 BCE and the Vedic people were nomads. 2. The authors of the Harappan Civilization, ascribable to the 3rd millennium BCE, were a Dravidian-speaking people. This civilization was destroyed by Aryan invaders and thereby became extinct.
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