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  • The Hijacking of IC-814
    PR Chari    ·   14 Feb, 2000    ·    #306    ·    Commentary    
    The one-week ordeal of the hostages, starting on Christmas Eve and concluding on New Year's Eve, ended with their exchange for three captured militants. Its reverberations, however, will be heard for a long time. The BJP's boast of makin...
  • Ideological Hegemony in China
    Rahul Arun    ·   14 Jan, 2000    ·    #305    ·    Commentary    
    "The policy on religious freedom does not apply to the communists. Communists are atheists, and they should uphold materialism and atheism”, proclaims a 1985 publication of the National People’s Congress panel. Such an ideological...
  • The CTBT: To Sign or not to sign
       ·   12 Jan, 2000    ·    #304    ·    Commentary    
    Speakers: Mr. Bharat Karnad, Mr. P.R.Chari & Gen. V.R.Raghavan     The debate centered on the issue of signing the CTBT. Opinion was divided into two opposing camps reflecting various concerns regarding national security...
  • Indo-US Relations in the New Millenium
    Arvind Kumar    ·   12 Jan, 2000    ·    #303    ·    Commentary    
    Two of the recent events or actions of the United States have again sparked off a new debate among analysts on the futureof Indo-US relations. The de-listing of 51 Indian entities from the US sanctions list is a good development an...
  • Indo-US Relations
    Sonika Gupta    ·   31 Dec, 1999    ·    #302    ·    Commentary    
    Alok Prasad provided  an overview of Indo-US relations with an emphasis on its Post- Pokharan aspects . According to him, the US began a reassessment of its relations with India in the early 1990s. A change of personnel in the...
  • Macau: A stop on the way to Taiwan
    Sonika Gupta    ·   31 Dec, 1999    ·    #301    ·    Commentary    
    With the handover of Macau , the Peoples Republic of China moves a step closer to its eventual goal of reunification. Macau is the oldest colony in the world and its peaceful return to the Chinese fold af...
  • Pakistan's Afghan Policy: Towards a Change?
    D Suba Chandran    ·   23 Dec, 1999    ·    #300    ·    Commentary    
    The Chief Executive of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf in his address to the nation on 17 October declared that Pakistan "shall continue (its) efforts to achieve a just and peaceful solution in Afghanistan … (and) wis...
  • Arms Exports: Filling the Budgetary Gap
    Wg.Cdr. NK Pant (Retd.)    ·   21 Dec, 1999    ·    #299    ·    Commentary    
    Indian defence planners have reportedly finalised a long list of combat and support equipment to add further teeth to our front line troops. Amongst the inescapable priorities are satellite surveillance, UAVs, battlefield surveillance radars, ther...
  • Sri Lanka: Elections, Human Bombs and the LTTE
    D. Azhagarsu    ·   20 Dec, 1999    ·    #298    ·    Commentary    
    On December 18, the last evening of campaigning, when everything seemed to be under control, there were two human bombings in Colombo to assasinate both the leading Presidential candidates of the People's Alliance (PA) and the United National ...
  • US Policy towards the coup in Pakistan
    Dr. Subhash Kapila    ·   30 Nov, 1999    ·    #297    ·    Commentary    
    The United States was not surprised or caught off guard by the military coup in Pakistan on October, 12, 1999 by General Pervez Musharraf. The United States had prior knowledge of the impending coup as evident from the warn...
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