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India: War Preparedness Hit By Policy Paralysis of Defence Ministry

Paper No. 5401                                        Dated 19-Feb-2013

By Dr Subhash Kapila

Introductory Observations

India’s war preparedness against The China Threat and The Pakistan Threat is getting hit on two major counts. The de-emphasising of these two major threats by India’s policy establishment causes grievous harm to India’s security in more ways than one as reflected in my recent Papers on this site.

Maldives: High Drama in Male Continues:

 

Paper No. 5400      Dated 19-Feb-2013

by Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

As expected the situation in Male is getting messy and there appears to be no end to the high drama created when former President Nasheed sought refuge in the Indian High Commission to avoid an arrest warrant against him issued by the Hulhulu male Magistrate’s Court.

India, Pakistan Back to Ground Zero?

Paper No. 5364                                       Dated 15-Jan-2013

Guest Column by Rajeev Sharma

Familiar arch-rivals India and Pakistan are back with their familiar hate game. The trigger point is also familiar – the volatile Line of Control (LoC). What has happened between the two nuclear-armed adversaries is that on January 8 the Pakistani soldiers made a deep incursion into the Indian side of the LoC, according to New Delhi, and killed two Indian Army personnel and injured as many more.

Comments on Pakistan Army's actions in J &K

Paper No. 5361                               Dated 14-Jan-2013

By Col R. Hariharan

[Here is a summary of my comments made to print media and on TV on the India-Pakistan standoff after two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops on 8 January 2012.]

On the killing and mutilation of soldiers

Maldives: Is President Waheed in Control?

Paper No. 5356                                       Dated 10-Jan-2013

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.

Looking at the developments in Maldives, one gets the feeling that President ( by accident as some prefer to call him) Waheed does not appear to be in control of the events. In a moment of frustration he is said to have remarked that "Everybody runs the State as they please" and this has been widely reported in the press.

Rape and Punishment

Paper No 5350                                                   Dated 07-Jan-2013

By A. K. Verma

Rape is not necessarily an act of a deviant mind. More often it is a crime of opportunity. The intent behind the crime can be an amalgam of several thought streams.

Principally it is not about sex. The main motivation could be a drive to seek domination and power with ingredients of intimidation and violence interlaced. Instinct has a big role. It is important to understand this to determine how rapists should be punished.

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