THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 April 2017
OP-ED
INDO-PAK RELATIONS
The Parrikar thesis

Firdaus Ahmed analyses the recent comments made by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's in case of India being provoked by Pakistan.

Nat. Security Subcontinental Musings

CONFLICT IN NUCLEAR AGE
World War II redux in the nuclear age A mega Indian Army exercise aimed at sharpening Army's deep strike capabilities in enemy territory concluded last month in Rajasthan. Firdaus Ahmed analyses why having the strike capabilities in this nuclear age might be a mixed blessing.
Nat. Security Subcontinental Musings
BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Hope in Bihar Recently, Ashish Kothari visited some areas in Bihar where interesting things are happening. Under progressive governance and grassroots action by its citizens when these are implemented state-wise, Bihar would be well on the path of progress.
BIHAR
SYRIAN CEASEFIRE
Can India provide a new lens to the ISIS challenge in Syria? Is military combat the only way to deal with the Islamic state and its likes? Firdaus Ahmed ponders about the role India can play in making the ongoing temporary ceasefire in the five-year old Syrian civil war a more permanent one.
Firdaus Ahmed Subcontinental Musings
BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Towards radical democracy in India A multitude of grassroots movements are emerging across the country in resistance to the mainstream economy and polity. These initiatives are exploring sustainable, equitable and just paths to human well-being. Ashish Kothari and Pallav Das offer an insight into the need for such movements.
Ashish Kothari
DOCTRINAL DISCONNECT
Modi worsens India’s doctrinal muddle In light of events in Pathankot, Firdaus Ahmed analyses Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, given to the military brass last month at the Combined Commanders’ conference aboard the INS Vikramaditya, on the way forward with Pakistan.
Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed Peace Subcontinental Musings
BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
The language of diversity Adivasi Academy, a learning institute set up by Bhasha Research and Publication Centre is a must visit place for one to learn the importance of language and cultural diversity of our country. Ashish Kothari writes about his experience and learnings at the Academy.
Ashish Kothari
INDIA AGAINST ISIS
Fighting the ISIS: Why India should measure its steps The Indian defence minister’s recent interactions indicate an overt leaning towards military action against ISIS under the UN flag. While it may not be difficult to explain this stance, or even find apparent justification for it, there is a need for a more cautionary approach, says Firdaus Ahmed.
Firdaus Ahmed Subcontinental Musings
INDIA’S PAK STANCE
Pakistani “idiocy”: A general gets it half right Commanding general of Western Command, KJ Singh recently described Pakistan’s repeated military posturing in the broad framework of history as “the hallmark of being idiotic”. But can India really afford to say that? Firdaus Ahmed presents an incisive inward-looking analysis.
Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed Subcontinental Musings
OPINION
No, I will not give back my awards! Two-time national award winner, veteran journalist Shoma A Chatterji explains with disarming honesty why, despite being deeply concerned over the prevailing socio-cultural milieu in the country, she would not like to blindly follow her celebrated co-awardees in returning the awards.
Government opinions
BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
The seeds of revolution Deccan Development Society (DDS) is transforming the lives of villagers of Zaheerhabad, Telangana. Ashish Kothari visited the place recently and writes about how DDS is successfully working with Dalit farmers towards ecologically sustainable farming, women empowerment and community-led communications.
Telangana Ashish Kothari Ecommentary
MILITARY POSTS
The military musical chairs Key army posts are currently vacant including two very sensitive posts. Firdaus Ahmed highlights the plausible reasons for this hold up by the Indian government and cautions there there could be deeper reasons for this than is being discussed in the media.
Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed
BLOG: RESISTANCE AND RECONSTRUCTION
Ladakh in the throes of change The pristine and idyllic pictures of Ladakh do not tell the true story. In recent past Ladakh has been losing its rich cultural heritage and natural resources, and sadly there has been no sincere concentrated official effort to stop this deterioration. But hope is on its way, says Ashish Kothari who visited the region recently.
Jammu and Kashmir Ashish Kothari
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