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Drones are welcome, but where's the policy framework?
The Delhi police proposal to use drones for day-to-day law and order activities is bound to fail unless it is accompanied by a regulatory and manufacturing ecosystem for unmanned aerial vehicles
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
The European Union as a security actor: View from India
Samir Saran
15 January 2015
The central division between the EU and India is the tyranny of grammar. Europe and the EU pursue their interests under the grammar of values, which is sought to be achieved through ideological underpinnings. India has sometimes also couched many of its strategic interests in its own grammar of ethics.
 
The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning
Rajesh Rajagopalan
31 December 2014
2014 by far has been the most chaotic year in international politics, since the end of the Cold War. The Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East threaten to upturn borders settled for close to a century. Europe is in the throes of an unexpected tussle with Moscow. In the South and East China seas, China's aggressiveness is too clear now to be ignored.
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Space Security
 
India's cyber and space security policies
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
02 January 2015
While many countries still regard cyber security and space security as 'future challenges', or issues that will need to be dealt with in the coming years, India is already tackling them today.
 
We need intelligence upgrades
Vikram Sood
11 December 2014
Granted that the US normally goes for the overkill and in comparison our systems are in kindergarten stuff, there is no denying that we need upgrades. Intelligence and intercepts post-event, as in the recent Uri case, are of academic interest.
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Indian Defence
 
Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
Manoj Joshi
06 January 2015
There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers. But what the incident does seem to bring out is the continuing dysfunction of our intelligence system and the high levels of incompetence in matters of national security.
 
Army modernisation alone not enough
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
06 January 2015
Several developments over the last few months have made clear that the Army modernisation programme, at least, is turning into a train wreck. This is not to say that all is well with the modernisation of the Air Force and the Navy, but just that the Army modernisation programme stands on far shakier ground, with minimal scope for results.
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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Lydia Powell & Akhilesh Sati

Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.

 
The German Energiewende turns around Industry's Business Models (Part IIIa)
03 April 2015
Thomas Elmar Schuppe

The ongoing Energiewende in Germany ("energy turnaround") is not only turning around the basic structure of the energy market and prices - particularly in the power generation sector.

 
Key Requirement for Setting up Coal Washeries on Coal Company's Land in India
14 April 2015
Ashish Gupta,

 
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International
Pakistan in the eye of the storm
15 April 2015
Manoj Joshi

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict.

 
Canada cousins
14 April 2015
C Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi.

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National
Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings.

 
Land policy vital for Modi's manufacturing dream
13 April 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The land amendment bill, brought in by the Modi government, represents a crucial plank of his government's economic agenda to turbocharge Indian growth.

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China
Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
10 April 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics

 
Yemen evacuation
09 April 2015
C. Raja Mohan

While India continues to evacuate its citizens from Yemen, China was quick to complete its operation last week. China had barely 600 people in Yemen to rescue.

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Security & Intelligence
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra

India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates,

 
Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
15 April 2015
Pushan Das

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine.

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