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Defence Technology Indigenisation: Need to go beyond Lip Service

Though public-private partnerships is encouraged, privately the government continues to retain its monopoly on research and development and defence production through the DRDO, the ordnance factories and the defence PSUs.

September 19, 2013

Iranian Nuclear Imbroglio: The Way Forward

After wining the elections, Hassan Rouhani has insisted that Iran is ‘ready to show more transparency’ over its nuclear programme, but has also affirmed that it has ‘inalienable rights’ to enrich uranium as a member of the NPT.

August 06, 2013

Defence Offset Guidelines – A Languorous Journey So Far

Several issues have been raised in the last one year, one such issue concerns the need for amending the policy to enable the MoD to demand offsets in specific area(s) rather than being driven by the vendors.

August 05, 2013

Maoists Link in Odisha: Case of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh

The Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS), an association of peasants, bonded labours and the tribal, is a classic case of a popular movement being hijacked by the Maoists to get their foothold in Koraput, Malkanagiri and Rayagada districts of Odisha.

August 05, 2013

Iran under Hassan Rohani: Imperatives for the region and India

The victory of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani as the President and his accommodative overtures have potentials of driving Iran into a new era of relationship with the neighbourhood as well as with the US.

July 19, 2013

Evolution of Aerial Combat

Trends towards direct energy weapons (DEW), though yet to be fully mature and battle proven, indicate a major shift in the conduct of aerial combat in the coming decades.

July 08, 2013

The Increasing Complexity of the Internationalised Syrian Conflict

Into its third year, the Syrian conflict has been fuelled by a multiplicity of interest groups and countries, overshadowing the initial cause of the protests. Gains for either side in Syria have come to mean corresponding losses for different regional and international stakeholders.

July 08, 2013

Does China Mix Business with Politics?

China maintains a twin track relationship with most countries. While its political differences are handled diplomatically it has continued to engage such nations economically.

June 21, 2013

Domination of Pakistan by Radical Islamists

The assertions of the new Pakistan government of Nawaz Sharif to de-radicalise the society by engaging the Radical Islamists (RIs) in a dialogue and accommodation with them in reality means, to many observers, a meek surrender to Islamic radicalism of Deobandi variety.

June 14, 2013

Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 – A Ringside View

Buy (Indian)’ the most important policy decision introduced through DPP 2013 suggests that it should be the first option or the most preferred category. It, however, gives rise to many questions.

June 11, 2013

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