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January 2003
Center-NSCN (IM) Peace Talks and Manipur’s Woes
31 January 2003 Paolienlal Haokip argues that internal factors are as much responsible for threats to territorial integrity as external ones, citing the case of Manipur
The Naga Peace Talks: Some Glimmer of Hope
27 January 2003 R Radhakrishnan provides a backgrounder on the Naga issue
What’s in the NAM(e)?
23 January 2003 Aisha Sultanat highlights the relevance of NAM by focusing on its potential to “provide an alternate worldview to counter unilateralism”
The Indian Diaspora: An Untapped Asset
23 January 2003 Prafulla Ketkar calls for measures to tap the economic potential of the Indian diaspora
Mobilization by India: Of What Avail
21 January 2003 Air Cmde Prashant Dikshit analyzes the payoffs in the recent border confrontation
Pakistan Naval Expenditure
21 January 2003 Cdr Vijay Sakhuja expresses difficulty in determining the exact size of the defence allocation in Pakistan as lack of transparency allows camouflaging actual expenditures
Discord in the Chittagong Hill Tracts
21 January 2003 Anand Kumar warns that the situation in CHT might turn explosive if the government is disinterested in implementing the provisions of the peace accord
Sri Lankan Peace Talks – VI: Fourth Round: Where, When, Who and What
18 January 2003 N Manoharan looks into the outcome of the Fourth Round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE
“Enduring Freedom” vs “Freedom of Navigation”
18 January 2003 Lt Cdr Atul Bharadwaj, in the light of the interception of a North Korean ship carrying missiles bound for Yemen, juxtaposes the legitimacy of the patrol operations under the banner of “war on terrorism” with established maritime laws
Proliferation of Small Arms in South Asia and Human Security
18 January 2003 Col PK Gautam, explaining the threat from small arms, appeals for enhanced international action against its proliferation
LoC as International Border - II: A Pakistani Perspective
17 January 2003 Rizwan Zeb appeals for adherence to the UN resolutions and argues that “change of circumstances” cannot be cited as reason for noncompliance
LoC as International Border - I: A Kashmiri Perspective
17 January 2003 Arjimand provides a Kashmiri perspective on the issue and opines “the very idea of LoC conversion raises more questions than answers”
Putin's visit: Enhancing the Indo-Russian Ties
17 January 2003 KM Pari Velan highlights the many vital issues on which India and Russia found mutual concurrence during the Russian President’s visit
Pakistan’s Nuclear Gamble: A Deadly Ploy
17 January 2003 Parama Sinha Palit analyses the implications of Musharraf’s revelations on his preparedness to nuke India during the border standoff
Peace drizzles in the Northeast
12 January 2003 Bibhu Prasad Routray says that peace can be made to be contagious by peaceful settlements emerging from ongoing dialogues with some insurgent groups in the Northeast
NWFP, Pakistan and Anti Americanism
10 January 2003 Suba Chandran brings to light the level of anti-American sentiments and explores the causes behind it
Pakistan Media Survey (18-24 November 2002): The First Baloch PM
10 January 2003 Suba Chandran scans the Pakistan Media and reports its highlights
Jamali the Thirteenth
10 January 2003 Suba Chandran highlights the tepidity of Jamali’s support structure, which definitely does not auger well for Pakistan’s political well-being
Engaging Myanmar: Principles versus Pragmatism
6 January 2003 Paolienlal Haokip assesses Indo-Myanmar relations and questions the rationales behind India’s “constructive engagement” with Myanmar
Kashmir through Media: A Survey of the Kashmir Urdu Media, 15-30 November 2002
6 January 2003 Irfan ul Haq reports the highlights of the Kashmir Urdu Media in the fortnight ending 30 November 2002
Oil Tankers: Vital but Risky Commerce
6 January 2003 Vijay Sakhuja flags pertinent issues relating to maritime security in the wake of the Prestige accident
King as an Emergency Light in Nepal
3 January 2003 Nishchal Nath Pandey allays all apprehensions regarding democracy and the role of monarchy in Nepal
‘Copy cat’ PWG and the al Qaeda cell model
2 January 2003 PV Ramana reports the formation of Permanent Action Teams in the PWG and analyzes its implications
Iraq and the New World Order
1 January 2003 Lt Cdr Atul Bharadwaj questions the real motives behind US’ unilateralism in Iraq
The General Did Not Bite!
1 January 2003 Firdaus Ahmed points out that “it should not take a war to bring politics through non-military means back into the reckoning”
US-India Relations: New Dimensions
1 January 2003 Mohammed Badrul Alam flags various areas of cooperation between India and the US
Conversions and Caste Conflicts
1 January 2003 Radhakrishnan comments on the Forcible Conversion of Religion bill passed by the Tamilnadu Legislative Assembly and issues relating to it
Outfits of Suicide Terror: A Ready Reckoner
1 January 2003 Manoharan provides a comprehensive reference on suicide terrorists. Last updated: 8 July 2004
Sri Lankan Peace Talks – V: An Overview of the Third Round
1 January 2003 Manoharan provides a summary of the third round of talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE
Dirty Bomb: A Scoop or a Hoax
20 January 2003 Maj Gen Yashwant Deva highlights the possibilities of a terrorist using a dirty bomb in India and appeals for precautionary measures
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