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#4713, 22 October 2014
Nuke Street
India: What is the Significance of the Successful Nuclear-Capable Nirbhay Test?

Amb Sheel Kant Sharma draws from the challenges faced by Indian defence institutions
#4712, 22 October 2014
The Futility of Internationalising Kashmir

Sushant Sareen provides a perspective on the India-Pakistan row over Kashmir at the UN
#4710, 22 October 2014
Indian Mujahideen: A Vehicle for Hire for Al Qaeda?
Saneya Arif examines why the AQ would find it difficult to gain a foothold in India through the IM
#4707, 21 October 2014
Big Picture
When Xi Met Modi: Juxtaposing China and India

Prof Varun Sahni weighs in on how the difference between the two states is not one of degree but of kind
#4705, 20 October 2014
Red Affairs
Might of a Fragile Revolution

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray takes stock of the CPI-Maoist insurgency and the Indian government's new policy to counter the insurgents
#4704, 20 October 2014
Regional Economy
Is India Ready for the Evolving Regional Economic Architecture?

Professor Amita Batra writes why India should take its membership of the RCEP to benefit from the evolving regional economic architecture 
#4701, 20 October 2014
Strategic Space
Pakistan's Version of Sea-based Deterrence: Inherent Dangers

Dr Manpreet Sethi explains why this type of deterrence is not conducive to regional or international stability
#4699, 20 October 2014
South Asian Dialectic
Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan: Implications for Asian Security

Prof PR Chari asks what India could do to ensure its national interests in the prevailing environment
#4695, 16 October 2014
“China Threat” in South Asia: A Perspective from China
Siwei Liu comments on the potential for cooperation between Beijing and the region
#4691, 13 October 2014
Eagle Eye
Modi-Obama Summit: Criticism for Criticism’s Sake?

Prof Chintamani Mahapatra looks at the successes of the Summit
#4690, 13 October 2014
The Strategist
Strategic Estrangement: An Odd Bedfellow to Economic Engagement

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar reflects on why the time may be ripe for a grand bargain between India and China
#4681, 6 October 2014
Voice from America
Modi’s US Visit: So Much Promise, Such Little Outcome

Prof Amit Gupta reflects on the perspective that when it comes to actually delivering, India’s policies lack substance
#4674, 25 September 2014
J&K Floods and the Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Deepshikha Hooda on the positive and negative contribution of the new media 
#4667, 19 September 2014
Floods in J&K: Hatred, Alienation and Relief Measures
Dr Ashok Bhan recommends to avoid politicizing the rehabilitation and rescue operations
#4665, 18 September 2014
Sri Lanka: A New Base for ISI against India?
Dr N Manoharan discusses the nature and extent of ISI threat to India through Sri Lanka
#4660, 15 September 2014
Strategic Space
Uranium and Nuclear Power: Three Indian Stories

Manpreeth Sethi analyses three related news on the sale of Uranium by Australia
India and Vietnam to sign a defence pact amid China’s growing aggression in region
Defence News, 22 October 2014
With a little over a month after President Pranab Mukherjee's Vietnam visit when a defence MoU was signed the two countries are expected to conclude another defence pact when Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is in India on October 27-28 amid...

New Indian missile can strike deep into Chinese territory
Defence News, 22 October 2014
India has successfully completed the test of a new long-range subsonic cruise missile capable of hitting Chinese territory. On Oct. 17, the surface version of the Nirbhay — meaning "dauntless" or "fearless" — missile was...

With eye on China, India to step-up military ties with Sri Lanka and Maldives
Defence News, 22 October 2014
India will further step-up defence cooperation with Sri Lanka and Maldives, including assistance in "capacity-building" of their armed forces through both training and supply of equipment, in tune with the overall policy to steadily boost military...

India Gives In to Russia's Terms For High-Priced Tank Ammunition
Defence News, 22 October 2014
The Indian Defence Ministry — faced with a shortage of ammunition for its Russian-made T-90 tanks, coupled with an inability to produce ammunition at home — has no choice but to give in to Russian terms and purchase marked-up ammo from Moscow,...

India warns Pakistan of more pain in Kashmir fighting
Defence News, 22 October 2014
India warned Pakistan on Tuesday of more "pain" if it continued to violate a ceasefire on their disputed border in Kashmir and said it was up to Islamabad to create the conditions for a resumption of peace talks.

India plays safe, grounds entire Sukhoi-30 fleet
Defence News, 22 October 2014
India has grounded its entire Sukhoi-30 fleet after a recent crash because it doesn’t want to put its pilots in harm’s way. The fighters have not flown for a week after a Su-30 MKI of the Indian Air Force crashed near Pune, raising questions...

Indian woman set on fire on a train in Kerala
BBC News, 22 October 2014
A woman has died of her injuries after being set on fire on a train in the Indian state of Kerala.

Lynching of boy underlines how the curse of caste still blights India
The Guardian, 20 October 2014
In another time, another place, Sai Ram might have escaped serious harm. But he died in great pain last week, a casualty of a bitter, barely reported conflict that still claims many lives every year.

India's BJP set to rule Maharashtra and Haryana
BBC News, 20 October 2014
India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states.

Pakistan again violates ceasefire in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir
Zee News, 17 October 2014
Srinagar: Pakistani forces fired across the International Border with India in Hamirpur sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm Thursday night.

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
Patterns of Naxal Recruitment
Uddipan Mukherjee
Issue Brief 253
Peace Audit Northeast: Implications of Ethnic Reorganization
HN Das
Special Report 159
Peace Audit Northeast: A Roadmap to Restore Normalcy
SP Kar
Special Report 158
Peace Audit Northeast: The Naxal Spread and its Local Linkages
Wasbir Hussain
Special Report 157
Peace Audit Northeast: The Road to Peace in Manipur
Chitra Ahanthem
Special Report 156
Federalism and Foreign Policy: Dynamics of Centre-State Dissensions in India
IPCS Debate
Special Report 151
Contemporary Ladakh: Culture, Commodification and Tourism
Tashi Lundup
Issue Brief 238
Contemporary Ladakh: A Subtle Yet Strong Patriarchy
Chimat Ladol
Issue Brief 237
Contemporary Ladakh: Evolving Indigenous & Quality Education
Samina Rehman
Issue Brief 236
Contemporary Ladakh: Identifying the “Other” in Buddhist-Muslim Transformative Relations
Sumera Shafi
Issue Brief 235
Contemporary Ladakh: Communal Divide in Kargil & Leh
Fayaz Hussain
Issue Brief 234
Destruction of the First Temple: Securing the Idea of Indian Nation
Vice Admiral (retd) Vijay Shankar
Issue Brief 229
Contemporary Naxal Movement in India: New Trends, State Responses and Recommendations
Rajat Kumar Kujur
Research Paper 27
Second National Dialogue on the Naxal Problem: Mapping the Motivations and Local Support
Conference Report 43
Building Bridges: A Regional Dialogue
Panchali Saikia , Pradeepa Viswanathan and Ruhee Neog
Conference Report 42
Australia and India in the Asian Century
Address by H.E. Peter Varghese AO
Special Report 127
India and the Rafale: Anatomy of a Bad Deal
Abhijit Iyer‐Mitra
Special Report 126
Nathu La: A Trip Report
Namrata Hasija
Special Report 116
Armed Conflicts in South Asia 2008: Growing Violence
D Suba Chandran and PR Chari (eds.)
New Delhi: Routledge, 2008
Book reviews
Sohan Prasad Sha reviews
Globalisation and Identity Politics: Contesting Ideas

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