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Sri Lanka: JHU fingerprints all over constitutional proposal

Paper No. 5851                                  Dated 26-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr Kumar David

China' factor in Sri Lanka election and strategic security

Paper No. 5850                                Dated 24-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

[Answers to questions raised by an international news agency on the subject in an e-mail interview on Dec 23rd.]

Any narrative on Sri Lanka would be incomplete if India's overwhelming influence in Sri Lanka is not considered. It comes from India's huge geographic size, economic strength and global political influence from times immemorial.

India Would be Ill-Advised to have Dialogue with the Pakistan Army Chief

Paper No. 5849                                 Dated 23-Dec-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Once again India witnesses the dawn of a revived momentum of Indian policy analysts advocating that since in Pakistan the real power resides with the Pakistan Army Chief, therefore ‘India should break the taboo on talking to the Pakistan Army’ implying the Pakistan Army Chief.

Pakistan Unlikely to Discard Terrorism as Instrument of State Policy Post-Peshawar 12/16 Attack?

Paper No. 5848                                 Dated 23-Dec-2014

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Pakistan and particularly the Pakistan Army is stunned and stung by the horrific TTP terrorist attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16 2014 in which over 140 innocent lives were lost. Global sympathy flowed-in but the question that Pakistan needs now to answer as a consequence is that whether it will discard use of terrorism as instrument of state-policy?

Maldives: Removal of Inconvenient Judges- Another set back to Democracy

Paper No. 5847                  Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 15th  December, President Yameen sacked the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ahmed Faiz and another Judge Muthasim Adnan on the recommendation of the Judicial Commission and approved by the Majlis all within a space of five days.

Article 154 of the Constitution states that a judge can be removed only after the Judicial Service Commission finds the judge to be guilt of gross incompetence or misconduct.  

Oil Politics in West Asia and India’s concerns!

Paper No. 5846                                Dated 18-Dec-2014

Guest Column by Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi

The current tensions in West Asia and the war clouds over the skies of Iraq due to rise of ISIS militants have their roots in the economics of oil resources of the Persian Gulf and the politics of American interests to remain predominant in the region.

Some thoughts on Victory Day

Paper No. 5845                                Dated 18-Dec-2014

By Col. R. Hariharan

[Based on excerpts from an interview in a TV channel beamed on the occasion of ‘Vijaya Divas’ on December 16, 2014.]

Q: On the occasion of the Victory Day commemorating India’s victory in the 1971 India-Pakistan War, what are your thoughts in general?

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