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Terrorist threat to India after Afzal Guru’s hanging


Paper No. 5396                                         Dated 15-Feb-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan

[This is an updated summary of comments made by Col Hariharan on some of the questions raised in a TV discussion on February 11, 2013.]

Question: After the hanging of Afzal Guru, curfew has been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir and the situation is volatile. Will there be retaliatory strikes from the terrorist groups in J and K?

China must Realize Tibet and Tibetans are a Reality

Paper No. 5395                                               Dated 14-Feb-2013

By Bhaskar Roy

The Chinese authorities, that is the Communist Party of China (CPC), must realistically admit that its minorities especially the Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongolians are flesh and blood people. 

Many of the country’s minorities have either disappeared or are too small in number to demand their identity.  That, however, is not the case at least for the Muslim Uighurs of Xinjiang (East Turkistan) and Tibet.

Communal Politics- Should Intolerance be accepted as the Norm?

Paper No. 5394                                         Dated 14-Feb-2013

By R.Upadhyay

Sri Lanka: India losing patience with Rajapaksa – Update No. 228

Note No. 675                                                          Dated 13-Feb-2013

By Col. R. Hariharan 

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is well known for wrongly timing his foreign visits. In the past his India visits were more successful than his European sojourns because they were diplomatically ‘tenderized’ in advance to avoid any embarrassment to the President.

Some disturbing questions on Westland helicopter deal

Paper No. 5391            Dated 13-Feb-2013

Col. R. Hariharan

The arrest of Giuseppe Orsi, the chief executive of Italy’s largest aerospace group Finmeccanica in Italy as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in international defence deals has once again put the focus back on yet another case of corruption in India’s defence procurement.

Accountability of Intelligence Agencies


Paper No. 5390                                  Dated 13-Feb-2013

By B. Raman

Intelligence agencies have to be accountable to the Executive. Otherwise, there will be no secrecy in their functioning. Without effective secrecy, there cannot be clandestine collection of intelligence having a bearing on national security. Nowhere in the world ---not even in the much cited US--- is the executive not primarily responsible for the effective functioning of the clandestine agencies.

Afzal Guru’s Execution: An Unfortunate Yardstick

Paper No. 5389                                        Dated 13-Feb-2013

By B. Raman


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