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Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database
The Aadhar project remains complex - a herculean task. The UK government shelved its identity card project because it was untested and the technology not secure, and because of the risks to the safety and security of citizens. With India in the midst of an election, it remains to be seen what will happen when a new government is formed,
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
MH370 spotlight: Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Darshana M. Baruah
01 April 2014
With the Chinese navy's increasing ability to project power into the Indian Ocean, it is important for New Delhi to strengthen its strategic outpost in the Andaman and Nicobar territory and remain a security provider to the region.
 
PLA goes out
C. Raja Mohan
27 March 2014
In contrast to India's hesitant response to the humanitarian emergency following the MH370 disappearance, China's military operations have demonstrated Beijing's impressive maritime capabilities and the strong political will to use them.
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Space Security
 
Cyber control and management: The problem
Samir Saran
05 March 2014
The idea of the 'global village', the efforts to create a global economy and emerging global digital marketplace, are all likely to be impacted if nations and communities do not find it within themselves to agree to norms and laws that would apply to this realm.
 
A new paradigm for cyber security
R. Swaminathan
01 March 2014
There are three quixotic paradigms of cyber security. The first looks at cyber security as simply an issue of protection of specific digital devices against a malware or a virus. The second either sees in cyber security a conspiratorial state-corporate elite meta-strategy to take control of society and polity or conceives it as a necessary prerequisite of national security.
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Indian Defence
 
Internet governance debates gain steam within India
Mahima Kaul
09 April 2014
Though the Indian state has chosen to espouse a state-led mechanism for internet governance, one must remember that it is the civil society and media outrage that led the Indian government to ensure the IT Act, 2000 is not easily abused. All actors have their place at the table, be it at the state or international level.
 
Why is the Indian counter-insurgency failing repeatedly?
Rajesh Rajagopalan
08 April 2014
The Indian tendency to muddle through is likely to continue when it comes to counter-insurgency. The distance between the Army and its civilian masters is so gaping that advice, however enriched by experience and reflection, is likely to fall on deaf ears.
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Procurement & Self Reliance
 
Why India’s defence procurement is problematic?
Deba R Mohanty
10 April 2012
A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.
 
From MIC to NSIC
Deba Ranjan Mohanty
11 October 2011
Nomenclature notwithstanding, the evolution of an Indian National Security Industrial Complex (NSIC) must be watched with interest and caution.
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Non-Traditional Security
 
Moves to enhance response to CBR attacks
Astik Sinha
27 December 2011
The recent Indian government’s decision to equip 800 police stations in 80 cities with radiation monitors is a clear indication of how serious the threats posed by chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) weapons is being taken.
 
Winning the aerospace tech battle
Deba R Mohanty
29 August 2011
India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.
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"Nuclear Trends in West Asia"
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10-11 June 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
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Energy/Coal/Power
Nuclear Energy Report Card: 2013
8 April 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The time has come to evaluate the position of the Nuclear Power sector. Though it is contributing to the generation side, its overall share has declined from 4% (2012) to 3.4% (2013) due to dramatic increase in generation from other sectors.

 
Options for Increasing Viability of Investments in Solar Energy
8 April 2014
Praveen Kumar Kulkarni

Today in India, corporate companies / entities or the crony capitalist system is enjoying free equity due to the prevailing policies / political expediency: 1. through Accelerated Depreciation (AD) earning 19 to 24% Return on Equity (ROE)

 
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International
No splinternet
19 March 2014
C. Raja Mohan

India's challenges in negotiating a new framework for internet governance do not lend themselves to the old clichés of Indian diplomacy.

 
Taliban making political gains without any commitment
13 March 2014
Niharika Betkerur

Recent political developments suggest that the Taliban is taking measures to gain important political points while not committing to anything concrete.

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National
TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana
14 March 2014
T.V. Rajeswar

Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is likely to win most of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region on its own, its unwillingness to share the seats with the Congress party is understandable.

 
The 2014 elections could mark the start of 21st century politics in India
05 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

General elections of 2014 could well be the most interesting election they will witness in their lifetime. Several developments suggest that the elections could mark a big shift of the political paradigm and, in that sense, they could well mark the true beginning of 21st century politics in the country.

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Security
We need a lean, mean fighting force
07 March 2014
Vishal Nigam

The Indian military desperately needs to enhance its defence preparedness. However, given the country's fiscal constraints, this must be done by modernising weapons systems, instead of adding more boots on the ground.

 
Managing the nation's defence, somehow
06 March 2014
Vikram Sood

15 years ago the cabinet had drawn up a 30-year submarine modernisation plan to have 24 submarines by 2030. Half-way through this period, we now have more than half of the 14 submarines which have completed three-fourths of their operational lives. What is more, the Navy is increasingly deployed on coast guard anti-terror duties and not for its primary role.

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Economy
Why India must revive its manufacturing sector
25 February 2014
Abhirup Bhunia

The most urgent need is to upgrade India's physical infrastructure to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector.

 
Time to make villages attractive for tourists
21 February 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

India is now extending 'visa on arrival' to tourists from 180 countries to encourage tourism. But budget tourists, who aim at staying in small hotels/guest houses and not five-star hotels, face problems in finding clean and safe accommodation.

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Russia
Putin gives lessons in world politics
18 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more.

 
Obama's 'reset' button with Russia jammed beyond repair?
18 March 2014
Uma Purushothaman

In the end, every great power will have to accept the spheres of influence or "special interest zones" of other powers so that there are no clashes in interests.

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