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Talking and Fighting with Pakistan
Rajesh Rajagopalan
22 August 2015
The Modi government, like several earlier governments, have been faced with the dilemma of how to talk to Pakistan. India can avoid this dilemma if it develops military options to respond to Pakistan's transgressions, both to deter future attacks and also so that Indian decision-makers have options not limited to simply calling off talks each time Pakistan engages in such behaviour.
Strong legislation needed to combat gender based violence on social media
Tarushi Sinha
21 August 2015
Online harassment in India is a problem. The country is witnessing substantial growth in internet penetration. This, coupled with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India initiative, is bound to bring an unprecedented number of people online. There is a need, now more than ever, for appropriate legislation on social media.
It's time for India to rethink its nuclear policy
Pushan Das
21 August 2015
Does New Delhi need to review its nuclear doctrine to avoid misunderstanding or miscalculation in an ever-changing global and regional security environment?
Tianjin blasts: Lessons for India
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
20 August 2015
Does the Tianjin blasts have any lessons for India? India has several large chemical industry clusters, particularly in Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. Despite the dual-use applications of many of these materials, the control of hazardous chemicals has not been exactly foolproof. For India, the threat is manifold.
India and the NPT need each other
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Arka Biswas
18 August 2015
The failure of the recently concluded NPT Review Conference has highlighted the challenges the international community faces. India, as always, did not participate in the conference, but India has an important stake in the survival of the regime.
Wassenaar's web: A threat to technology transfer
Arun Mohan Sukumar
05 August 2015
The sweeping definitions in the 2013 amendment to the Wassenaar regime have prompted both computer scientists and policy analysts to highlight the "chilling effect" it may have on cybersecurity research.
India's Reluctance on Multilateral Naval Exercises
Pushan Das & Sylvia Mishra
29 July 2015
Given the centrality of the Indian Ocean to its national security, it is time for India to leverage existing and emerging multilateral platforms to engage deeply with partner countries and take on a greater leadership role in the Indian Ocean Region.
Defence sector needs drastic reforms
Manoj Joshi
27 July 2015
Resources are constraining the modernisation drives of India's three services. The government has not been able to check the growth of manpower in the Army and paramilitary forces. This has a direct repercussion on the modernisation plans of the military.
Keep Space Code of Conduct moving forward
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
23 July 2015
The negotiations on Space code of Conduct, set to begin in New York, provide an opportune moment for states to narrow down their differences and help establish a comprehensive instrument. The EU must be patient and develop the necessary consensus so that it establishes a strong support base, vital for the longevity of the code.
Gaoxin-6: Attempting to fill capability gap in Chinese Navy
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan & Arka Biswas
20 July 2015
As China continues to expand its presence in international waters, it is developing capabilities to counter foreign submarines which, otherwise, may pose challenge to its ambitions. This is where the recently launched Gaoxin-6 becomes important for Beijing.
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