Commentaries & Articles
Can the Integrated Battle Groups Reinforce India’s Conventional Deterrence?
In a significant decision last month, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially cleared the proposal for launching the first Integrated Battle Group (IBG) under the Indian Army’s 9 Corps, which will be deployed along India’s Western Border.1 The 9 Corps has been test-bedding the concept of IBG ever since it was officially enunciated in Indian Army’s new military doctrine announced in December last year.
Sheikh Hasina Visit to India: Fostering Development, Connectivity and Security
India and Bangladesh are emerging economies with a combined GDP of 3000 US billion dollars (2018).1 These two big economies have forged a very strong relationship in recent years and the ties between both the countries have been on an upswing in the last decade. India and Bangladesh are one of the closest neighbours in the South Asia region and there has been regular high-level visit between both the countries. Prime Ministers of both the countries met each other on the sidelines of 74th United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in September.
Myanmar Round Up: September 2019
“…it is clear that China will never be an honest broker capable of mediating a peace process that can bring lasting peace to Myanmar. Rather, China conducts a peace process guided by its own interests—one that goes nowhere.” - Joe Kumbun1 Increased tensions, violence, claims and counter claims dominated the month and ensured that the fog of war hung low and heavy on the Myanmar nation. Disparate democratic initiatives ensured that the discourse continued on its long journey to a ‘true’ democracy. Continued Violence
India and China: Third Millennia of Culture and Commerce
The Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi and the President of China, Mr. Xi Jinping, meeting in Mahabalipuram exchanged mechanism for shaping future, unveiling dreams, deepening and strengthening relations, forging partnerships, establishing peace and prosperity with a collective approach. They have opened fresh avenues of cooperation, friendship and harmony following the ideals of life passed on to us by the sages looking at the world as one family and wishing well being for all. Hand-shake by the two leaders will unite hearts and minds for the benefit of both the great nations.
Radical Islam in the Maldives: Hotbed for al-Qa’ida and Islamic State
In his address at the Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) in Male city, the Republic of Maldives (hereafter Maldives) on 04 September 20191, former Maldivian President—Mohamed Nasheed highlighted concerns over the emerging threat posed by radical Islamist group in the Maldives. He called it the biggest challenge faced by nations spanning over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
अस्थायी अनुच्छेद 370 और ज़बरन लाए गए अनुच्छेद 35ए का ख़ात्मा
जो लोग अटकलें लगा रहे थे कि मोदी सरकार अनुच्छेद 370 और अनुच्छेद 35A पर मुश्किल भरा फैसला कर पाएगी या नहीं, उन्हें 5 अगस्त को जवाब मिल गया। सरकार ने न केवल दोनों प्रावधानों, जिनमें पहला अस्थायी था और दूसरा पिछले रास्ते से चुपचाप आया था, को खत्म किया बल्कि उसने दो कदम और आगे बढ़ा दिए। उसने जम्मू-कश्मीर के दो टुकड़े कर दिए और दो अलग केंद्रशासित प्रदेश बना दिए। इस तरह जम्मू-कश्मीर अब विधानसभा वाला केंद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा और लद्दाख बिना विधानसभा का कंेद्रशासित प्रदेश होगा। चूंकि दोनों प्रावधान केवल जम्मू-कश्मीर से जुड़े थे, इसलिए राज्य की दो बड़ी क्षेत्रीय पार्टियों नेशनल कॉन्फ्रेंस और पीपुल्स डेमोक्रे
West Asia Round Up: September, 2019
The Middle East continued to worry the world especially in the wake of drone attacks on the two Saudi oil facilities that reduced the Saudi oil output by almost half. It displayed the vulnerability of crucial Saudi assets and the vital installations, as well as the limitations of the American shield and the latest arms and equipment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
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