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  • Chirac comes calling
       ·   04 Feb, 1998    ·    #57    ·    Commentary    
    The honoured guest at the Republic Day parade on the 50th year of Indian independence was President Jacques Chirac of France . When many world leaders declined to visit India due to the terminal state of its current polit...
  • Huntington’s choice for India
    Dr. Giri Deshingkar    ·   29 Jan, 1998    ·    #56    ·    Commentary    
    Indians have a weakness for Westerners-any kind-management gurus, economists, and diplomats, giving their opinions on what Indians should do. And Westerns oblige by doing precisely that when they are lecturing in India . The latest is Profes...
  • The Grand Bargain
    Michael Krepon    ·   28 Jan, 1998    ·    #55    ·    Commentary    
    Nuclear bargains — grand or otherwise — require governments able and willing to compromise on sensitive subjects. It is far from clear that this basic prerequisite is in place in the United States , or will soon be in place in ...
  • Govt. Denials on Reductions in Army Manpower
    PR Chari    ·   27 Jan, 1998    ·    #54    ·    Commentary    
    The issue of manpower reductions in the Indian Army is getting curiouser and curiouser. Let’s start with the denial by the Government (The Hindu--January 16). This described newspaper reports asserting that the Cabinet had approved a plan to...
  • Manpower Reduction In The Army
       ·   27 Jan, 1998    ·    #53    ·    Commentary    
    1.                   The Chief of the Army Staff, General VP Malik, recently announced that the strength of the Army was to be reduced by 50,000 soldiers. ...
  • No to time-release mass murder weapon
    Ramesh Thakur    ·   17 Jan, 1998    ·    #51    ·    Commentary    
    The Mine Ban Treaty, signed in Ottawa on Dec 3-4 by over 120 countries, bans the use, production, acquisition, stockpiling and transfer of all anti-personnel landmines except for a minimum number for training. Antitank mines are still permitted,...
  • India doesn't need an Aircraft Carrier now!
    Prof. Giri Deshingkar    ·   05 Jan, 1998    ·    #50    ·    Commentary    
    Reports that the Government of India is planning to acquire an aircraft carrier to replace INS Vikrant have emerged again last week when talks were under way with a visiting Russian military delegation. Whoever is conducting these talks has indulg...
  • Post Ottawa Developments in Banning Anti-Personnel Landmines
       ·   30 Dec, 1997    ·    #49    ·    Commentary    
    A treaty banning anti-personnel land mines (APLM) was signed by 121 countries at Ottawa on 3-4 December 1997. For the first time in history, a weapon of war, extensively used by most armies around the world was eliminated from their arsena...
  • More on the Nuclear Bargain: A Response to Selig Harrison
    PR Chari    ·   29 Dec, 1997    ·    #48    ·    Commentary    
    In an important article contributed to Current History, Selig Harrison has outlined the contours of an Indo-US "nuclear bargain". This would allow their estranged relations, deriving from India ’s quasi-nuclear weapon status...
  • After Ottawa, what? Follow Australia
    Alexander Downer    ·   19 Dec, 1997    ·    #47    ·    Commentary    
    Excerpts from the statement by Alexander Downer, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs to the Ministerial Treaty Signing Conference for the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Landmine...
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