COMMENTARIES
  • China’s Track Record in Nuclear and Missile Proliferation
    Arpit Rajain    ·   01 Dec, 2000    ·    #440    ·    Commentary    
    Over the last decade and a half, China ’s missile and nuclear co-operation with Pakistan has caused great concern to the non-proliferation community. Viewed in this perspective the current assurance by China to reinfor...
  • Burghers: The Forgotten Community
    N Manoharan    ·   22 Nov, 2000    ·    #439    ·    Commentary    
    Burghers are a minuscule but important ethnic group in Sri Lanka . They are the descendents of children of Portuguese and Dutch marriages with Ceylonese. They were in fact Dutch tradesmen who came to Ceylon after the establishment o...
  • Muslims: Third Political Force?
    Zarein Ahmed    ·   22 Nov, 2000    ·    #438    ·    Commentary    
    In the multi ethnic Sri Lankan society, Muslims form the second largest minority community with a population of 7.4 % as against Sri Lankan Tamils (11.6 %) and the majority Sinhalas (74 %). From a pliant minority they have emerged as a key politic...
  • US Presidential Elections: Implications for Indo-US Relations
       ·   22 Nov, 2000    ·    #437    ·    Commentary    
    Speaker: Chintamani Mahapatra Prof Mahapatra commenced his presentation by describing the process of the US Presidential election under and the US Constitution. He said the US constitution was not democratic and was, in fact, an eliti...
  • The Academia and Defence
    Wg.Cdr. NK Pant (Retd.)    ·   22 Nov, 2000    ·    #436    ·    Commentary    
    The scholarly talk on Nuclear Policy, Grand strategy and Political Values in India, delivered by Professor Kanti Bajpai of the Jawaharlal Nehru University a few months back in New Delhi as part of the PC Lal Memorial Lecture under the aegis of the...
  • Indo-Russian Relations: Perspectives
       ·   22 Nov, 2000    ·    #435    ·    Commentary    
    The most important issue in President Putin’s visit to India was the state of Indo-Russian relations in the post-Cold War era. Earlier, despite India ’s Non-Aligned status, the nature of Indo-Russian relations amounted t...
  • Pakistan Today – I: PML (N): In a Perfect Storm?
    D Suba Chandran    ·   16 Nov, 2000    ·    #434    ·    Commentary    
    The Pakistan Muslim League (N) ever since the arrest of Sharif has been fighting to pose a united front. Though the party has not split formally, the danger of such an event cannot be ruled out.  Since the arrest of Nawaz Sharif...
  • The Future of India – Nepal Relations: Problems and Prospects
       ·   16 Nov, 2000    ·    #433    ·    Commentary    
    Dr. Lama initiated the discussion on India-Nepal relations. According to him, there is a  structural and strategic transformation of bilateral relations due to the following factors. First, the restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepa...
  • The LTTE Network
    Sabil Francis    ·   16 Nov, 2000    ·    #432    ·    Commentary    
    In mid-1991 an LTTE hit squad assassinated Rajiv Gandhi. The Indian security forces, who had supplied arms and ammunition to the LTTE, and trained its cadres in Tamil Nadu, struck back, smashing the LTTE network in the state. The LTTE’s stru...
  • Advanced Jet Trainer for the IAF
    Wg.Cdr. NK Pant (Retd.)    ·   16 Nov, 2000    ·    #431    ·    Commentary    
    Acquiring the Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) has definitely become a top priority item for the Indian Air Force. It been projecting the vital need to induct the AJT in its flying training establishments to the Ministry of Defence since the 1980s when ...