A future government that is without the check of a strong opposition could strike out on a course that is markedly divergent from India's past record of abstinence from geo-political conflicts, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
The struggle to wrest back interpretations of Islam from the extremists could give security a boost, but more importantly, it could halt the
marginalisation and ghettoisation of Muslims in India, writes
With the government firmly in ostrich mode on issues of internal security, and the external situation appearing more complex than our laid-back
approach can handle, India awaits its Abhimanyu, writes
As the strategic enclave, comprising organisations dealing with nuclear weapons and high-end technology has grown, the agenda of political
discourse has been usurped by 'high politics'. This has wide implications for democracy, writes
In Advani's worldview, populist sorrow over the Babri Masjid demolition, and Narendra Modi's re-election after the Gujarat riots
amount to democratic endorsement of whatever happened, and is sufficient political accountability. Thankfully, the Supreme Court doesn't agree,
The absence of open conflict between India and Pakistan since both became nuclear states is cited as proof that deterrence works. But
there have been unacknowledged conflicts, and just as importantly, a closer look at each instance shows other factors are also at work,
The happenings in Pakistan, which have culminated in the unfortunate
assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, are equally portentuous
for India. India needs to contain the Pakistani predicament at the border, notes
Retired Army Chief General Shankar Roychowdhury, writing in a popular security magazine, says India's nuclear doctrine must be revised to cover the additional threat of sponsored nuclear terrorism that could, as part of Pakistan's proxy war, prove to be the 'Future Shock'.
analyses the General's views.
India's doctrine of 'deterrence by punishment' is least credible
the most likely scenario of Pakistani nuclear use. But the tenets
of this doctrine are not above revision, and times of relative peace
offer a better opportunity to find the way forward, says
Pakistan, under pressure in the Global War on Terror (GWOT), has restrained its hand in the proxy war.
By most accounts, Kashmir appears headed towards peace. This is the right juncture to approach the
issue politically, both in its external and internal plane, says
The United Stated-led Global War on Terror is all set to come up to India's doorstep this summer, with Pakistan's move from being a 'frontline state' to becoming a theatre of war. For India, a reflexive anti-Pakistani stance or a fashionable pro-American one are not the only choices, writes
The army may have delivered on its mandate of ensuring the return of an
environment more conducive to law and order since more than a decade, in Kashmir.
But the recent spate of suicides and fratricides within are showing that the army is under
stress, a slide that the political side can and must prevent, says
The impact of 9/11 has brought in a greater permissibility in the use of force by states. With terrorist attacks taking their toll of innocents
by design, a move away from the earlier restrictions on use of force appears defensible. Like its strategic partners, India too might act on this higher
latitude for war, writes
That Ex Sanghe Shakti concluded in the plains of Punjab without much ado
indicates the determination of both India and Pakistan to keep temperatures below the
now usual levels of the summer campaign in Kashmir. However, this positive
should not cloud the questionable premises of Ex Sanghe Shakti, writes
While agreeing with General S Padmanabhan who says in his recent book that "politicisation of
the military is a self defeating exercise in a democracy," it is difficult to
concede that "greed for fish and loaves of office" is how the politician would corrupt the military
establishment and wrench it from its apolitical moorings, writes
The furore over the counting of minorities in the armed forces has taken attention away from what such
a survey might reveal. Are the minorities adequately represented in the security services? This question too should
concern secular-minded citizens, says
Now that political alienation has been redressed to some extent by democratic changeovers,
the presence of the Army in Kashmir can be more boldly reduced.
The coming year is one of many possibilities, but it will be followed by an even more important year,
and the opportunities at hand now must not be lost, writes
What is the threshold for Pakistan to use it nuclear weapons? Public statements by knowledgeable insiders addressing this
question may only be a decoy, and at any rate the pressures of war might trigger unforeseen lower thresholds for the use
of nukes. Alertness and public scrutiny are both warranted, writes
In Second Strike: Arguments about Nuclear War in South Asia, Rajesh Rajagopalan
articulates that the probability of nuclear weapons use is less in the
This is comforting, and perhaps on that account,
dangerous, because of the false sense
its conclusions give rise to, says
Permitting Musharraf to sell the notion that what could not be wrested from India in a decade and half long jihad has
been obtained through diplomacy can help with this. Doing so would deflate the legitimacy that jihadi forces seek from their presence in
Among military planners, it is common to devise war games to counter any nuclear attack by enemy states. The theories
put forward in such games, however, are not always grounded in reality. The peace community should alertly challenge such
The new army chief, Lt. General J J Singh, has drawn much attention as
the first Sikh to head the army. More interesting than this
sidelight, however, is the fact that he takes office at a time of
great opportunity for peace, as political relations with Pakistan
have taken a small turn for the better.
welcomes the new commander.
Conventional wars are passé, but
the military planning for conflict is still rooted in the past.
Meanwhile, human security does not get the deserved attention.
wonders how this can win or keep the peace.