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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Indian and Myanmar: A forgotten relationship


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Dr Manmohan Singh will be the first Indian Prime Minister in last 25 years to visit one of our most important neighboring countries, Myanmar. The visit is scheduled to commence from 27th May. He leads a big delegation comprising of National Security, economic and foreign affairs experts. As is the past practice, Indian foreign office is always late in following up the policies, which would benefit the country immensely. This time around too is no different because US Secretary of State, Chinese Premier, British PM, Japanese PM, South Korean President have all completed their visits. But the visit is anyway being talked about as one of the most important ones undertaken by Mr Singh considering the geostrategic significance of Myanmar, a resource rich country, where China alone accounted for more than 70% of FDI in the hydrocarbon sector. It is under this backdrop that I made my second visit to....


Tuesday , April 10, 2012

Southern Sudan : An opportunity for Indian Foreign Policy to take its rightful place


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African nations are not known for peaceful democratic movements but events of last few months have changed this perspective. People of Tunisia, Egypt and Southern Sudan rose to throw out Dictatorial and repressive regimes in a way that would have made Mahatma Gandhi proud. While Tunisia and Egypt grabbed global attention due to their proximity and strategic relations with the rest of the world, the independence of Southern Sudan went almost unnoticed. Egypt is important to Indian foreign policy because the lead role it plays in the Arab world but in today's context, it is Southern Sudan, which holds a more important role for us simply because they need us to develop their democratic institutions and we need them for our energy security. This apart, the huge investment opportunities that the new nation offers us could be our platform in Africa to loosen the Chinese stranglehold and regain some of....


Thursday , March 29, 2012

Chinks in the Armour: Our defence preparedness


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The defence budget for 2011-12 has been hiked by 11 percent, pegging the allocation at Rs 164,415 crore (from Rs 1,47,344 crores last year), to fuel the rapid modernization of the Army, Navy and the Air Force. The capital expenditure has also been hiked to Rs 69,199 crore. This bring smiles to the defence ministry mandarins, who hope to finalise several important arms deals such as the $10.4-billion contract for 126 combat planes in the next fiscal. This must also come as a big relief to the defence analysts who were increasingly alarmed at the pace of deterioration set in our defence preparedness due to constant mishandling of past few years. The signs of this decay and depleting force levels were too clearly visible even to general public to be ignored any further. An Army Chetak crashed near Nasik killing both the pilots. INS Vindhyagiri sank after colliding with a....


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