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January 2018

Gen Bipin Rawat In The Hot Seat

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Author: Cecil Victor

Gen Rawat has made known his views on the use of pellet guns against civilians interfering with cordon-and-search operations. Given that the sight of sightless children could encourage someone like the student of Aligarh Muslim University to join the militants is counter-productive and undermines the counter-insurgency rationale.


Neighbours In Soup

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Author: Brig Dr Anil Sharma (Retd)

Recent Agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh (November 23, 2017) for refugee repatriation is a good beginning as it defines bilateral negotiations as the framework, mandating that the United Nations be involved only “asneeded.” Thedeal calls for the voluntary return of refugees once citizenship is verified but puts oversight of this verification in the hands of the Myanmar government. Bangladesh wants the full implementation of the terms of a Kofi Annan UN Commission.


India Must Be On Guard

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Author: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch (Retd)

India, too, has a large number of Rohingyas in West Bengal, J&K and in other parts of the country. These Rohingya remain a potential threat to the nation, especially when Pakistan-based terrorist groups, aided by the State, are focussed on subverting them. The challenge across the region, though humanitarian, has assumed deep political and security overtones, which unfortunately are justified.


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