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  • Pokharan II: How?
       ·   21 May, 1998    ·    #91    ·    Commentary    
    What do India ’s five nuclear tests signify in technological terms? Before discussing this question a more pressing one arises: why did US reconnaissance satellites not discover these tests. The Atomic Energy Commission and th...
  • Ghauri Missile : What Variant Is It Anyway?
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #90    ·    Commentary    
    Ever since the Pakistani government announced in April its having conducted a test of the "Ghauri" missile, 5th in the Hatf series, the debate is not so much on its lethality as its origins. In India , various theories have been f...
  • Ghauri Missile Test and Pakistan's Security
    Ashutosh Mishra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #89    ·    Commentary    
    Any nation's primary goal is to protect and secure adequate defence of its homeland. Any nation feeling insecure would be diverting its energies towards removing the sources of insecurity. They can resort to bilateral, and/or multi-lateral all...
  • Madeleine Albright's Trip to China, 29-30 April 1998
    Jolie MF Wood    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #88    ·    Commentary    
    United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited Beijing from 29 to 30 April in preparation for President Bill Clinton's visit in June, the first by a US head of state since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In...
  • Recent Statements by Defence Minister George Fernandes
    Mira Sinha Bhattacharjee    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #87    ·    Commentary    
    On 3 May 1998, only days after the quiet departure of General Fu Quanyou and his delegation from India , Mr. George Fernandes, Minister of Defence, declared China to be India ’s potential "threat number one". ...
  • Stability in South Asia through Nuclear Weapons and Missiles
    Lt. Gen. AM Vohra    ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #86    ·    Commentary    
    The recent test firing of Ghauri by Pakistan , an intermediate range ballistic missile that can carry a high explosive, chemical or nuclear warhead to a distance of 1500 kms, is an expected development. Nuclear weapons and missiles form par...
  • George: The
       ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #85    ·    Commentary    
    George Fernandes is an exceptional and fascinating personality in Indian politics. A socialist and once the leading labour leader of Mumbai, he follows his ideologue, the late Dr. Lohia and his formulations on socialism and social transformation i...
  • Bringing Prithvi Down to Earth The Capabilities and Potential Effectiveness of India's Prithvi Missile
       ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #84    ·    Commentary    
    This article summarises our technical evaluation of the effectiveness of India’s Prithvi missile. Our work, based on descriptions in newspapers, journals and magazines, suggests that if Prithvi is armed with conventional warheads and used ...
  • Visit to India of General Fu Quanyou, Chief-of-Staff of China's P.L.A.
       ·   11 May, 1998    ·    #83    ·    Commentary    
    Since the more normalised pattern of Sino-Indian relations following former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit to China in 1988, there has been a steady flow of high-level visitors from China to India and vice versa. All the members of the ne...
  • Reviving Indo-U.S. Relations? US Envoy Bill Richardson's Visit to India
    Jolie Wood    ·   05 May, 1998    ·    #82    ·    Commentary    
    Last week's high-level delegation from the United States was accompanied by a flurry of news reports reflecting the high expectations many Indians have for increased cooperation and closer relations with the US . Special Envoy B...
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