• 13 May, 2021

International Affairs

India-US Ties Survive Vaccine Test

Wed, 28 Apr 2021

Reading Time: 5 minutes by Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary …The White House read-out said Biden pledged the US “steadfast support” for India. A day earlier Tim Manning, the White House covid-19 Supply Coordinator in a Twitter post said that the US had “diverted our pending orders of vaccine filters to India’s vaccine manufacturing effort. This will help India make more vaccine. And it’s only one effort among many to help the their COVID19 response (e.g. therapeutics, PPE, and oxygen).” Vice-President Harris, Defence Secretary Austin and US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman have also issued messages of support to India, with the US Defense Department being directed to send across necessary equipment needed by Indian health workers. . Read more…

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  • Fulfillment of Chinese Dream

    Tue, 27 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 8 minutes By Former Ambassador Debnath Shaw …The Chinese Dream envisages it to once again emerge as a global superpower, a position it reportedly held in the last millennia. The pain of losing imperial greatness is kept alive by the CPC in the collective memory of its people. Given its pace of growth and all round development including in military strength, scientific innovation and cultural spread, the country seems well poised to achieve its target of developed country status by the middle of this century. Read more ….

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  • America’s Vaccine War

    Fri, 23 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 9 minutes by Col (Dr) DPK Pillay (Retd) Shaurya Chakra …. The US is the world’s only superpower and the selfish act to protect Americans first during the pandemic at the cost of the rest of the world seems even stranger when you see how rich America is compared to the rest of the world who they seek to deny the benefits of the vaccine. American export restrictions are a shroud to cover for the appetite of the pharmaceutical giants to make money from this humanitarian crisis. Distributing vaccine supplies globally without hindrance to the populations where they can do the most good is the most efficient way to bring herd immunity against this pandemic.

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Defence and Strategy

Why India Needs a Blue Water Navy

Thu, 06 May 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes By Vice Admiral Anup Singh, (Retd) former C-in-C Eastern Naval Command …India’s maritime force needs to wear a deterrent look against adversaries, protect Indian sea lines of communication (SLOCS), exercise presence in all areas of the region, extend support and succour to our friends and partners during crises, and maintain interoperability with like-minded navies. Nothing but a Blue Water Navy can achieve that effectively…

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  • India-China Cyber Asymmetry: Act Now

    Thu, 29 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 9 minutes by Cdr Sandeep Dhawan, Veteran ……The Chinese PLA Unit 61398, APT41, APT22, and some other groups from North Korea are known to systematically target and sabotage Indian defence and offence mechanisms. It is also public knowledge who controls North Korea, externally. We, in India, have been a little slow on the start, therefore over the years, a capability differential has come in. Most important, where the biggest differential lies, is in the field of cyber. We know that China is capable of launching cyber attacks on us, and that can disrupt a large amount of our systems -says the CDS. Read more….

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  • Rapid Response – Intervention Operations

    Fri, 16 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 8 minutes by Lt Gen Satisn Nambiar, PVSM, AVSM, VrC (Retd) ….Within the international setting in the first half of the 21st Century and beyond, India will have a role to play both regionally and globally. There is a compelling case for India to put in place and maintain, a sizeable dedicated rapid reaction force for intervention, stabilisation, and peacekeeping operations, as also for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), within the region, and beyond.

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Policy & Governance

Reappraisal of Indus Water Treaty (IWT)

Sun, 02 May 2021

Reading Time: 7 minutes by Lt Gen KJ Singh (Retd), Former Army Commander and Haryana State Information Commissioner. India and Pakistan resumed periodic consultations on Indus Water Treaty (IWT) after a gap of nearly eighteen months. Last meeting was held on 30-31 August 2018 at Lahore.  

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  • Kashmir Fashion Shows vs Jihad

    Thu, 15 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 5 minutes by Javed Beigh, State Secretary of PDF in Kashmir …The greater question remains about the hypocrisy of Kashmir’s Muslim society, which tries to act more Muslim than even the Arabs. At a time, when most of the Muslim world is confronting religious radical elements in their respective countries by asserting pride in their pre-Islamic culture. Is the opposition to Fashion Show really against Islam?

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  • Ground Realities – Chhattisgarh Ambush

    Tue, 20 Apr 2021

    Reading Time: 7 minutes by Mr BN Sharma, Former Inspector General of BSF. The ambush by Naxals in Chhattisgarh on 3 April 2021 inflicting heavy casualty on police and CRPF party came as a big shock and caused anguish across the country and also led to debate as to why the force designated for Internal Security continues to suffer high losses, surely enough, there have to be reasons behind it.

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OP-ED by Kanwal Sibal Former Foreign Secretary



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