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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (December 2015)

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13 November 2015 will long be remembered for a Friday that brought chaos and carnage to Paris. Much like 11 September 2001 did to New York and some other cities of the United States. Both dates and events, would be recalled in history as the starting point of the endgame in the campaign against Islamic State and Al Qaeda respectively. While 11 September proved to be the trigger that launched the operation which culminated in Abbottabad on a hot May night in 2011, how post-Paris events unfold is anybody’s guess, as yet. But it is certain that the war on Islamic State will see fundamental changes.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (November 2015)

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National Security is not the domain of any one service, any department or any particular field of profession. It is in fact the total outcome of various facets of human and national life that converge to secure a nation, a people and their lands. Since various fields of human endeavour contribute to making a nation secure it is worth paying attention to all that is possible in order to improve conditions. There is a need, nay an urgent requirement, to opening the minds in order to focus better on all that can contribute to making national security. Time is now.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! (October 2015)

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The People’s Liberation Army of China has recently announced that it would be shedding about 300,000 troops from its standing manpower strength. What makes it even more noteworthy is that the plan is to complete the trimming in 2017. In routine course such cuts take time to be worked out, calculated and an even longer time to implement. It isn’t an easy exercise to shed weight, let alone hundreds of thousands of troops of an army that happens to be one of the principal power players in a country that seeks the world stage. China aims to do just that.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! - SEP 2015 ISSUE

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Even as details are yet to be worked and the’re a work in progress, the announcement of an agreement with the NSCN (IM) is the best news that has come from the national security sphere. For a long time there has not been any positive news of this type. And in terms of importance there has not been any news of this level since the short-lived and hurriedly aborted, ceasefire with the Hizbul Mujahideen. That was in the last decade and when it has taken so long to produce good news the scale of the national security drought can be well understood.

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Editor-in-chief view on INDIA PAK WAR 1965 (August Issue)

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The fighting that began in April 1965 culminated at the end of September 1965. That is a really long-time to keep at it and yet not produce a result. Which is broadly what happened in the 1965 War between India and Pakistan. There are narratives and counter-narratives of what is the only really indecisive conflict between two neighbours constantly at it. All of the other wars, 1947-48, 1971 and even the localised 1999 Kargil conflict, produced results. But this one was a strange one, because having ended in the manner in which it did and yet a result is claimed by both. When both claim victory it is fair to say neither won.

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