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

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

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There is a seamless link between all the most sophisticated battle ships, combat aircraft, advanced tanks and other heavy equipment used by the army. That seamless link is intrinsically connected to India’s quest for industrial growth, economic opportunities and fulfilling the aspirations of many in the job market. It is something with which India is well versed and which could provide an even brighter future for India’s economic growth. And its national security. In a nutshell that seamless link is software, with which many in India seem to have developed an innate ability. The connection goes something like this.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! - June 2015

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A lot of India is living in the 21st century with 19th century policing structures and manuals. The living conditions of many are of course still some centuries behind, but they’re largely out of the policing page. Those that are exposed to the police on a regular basis have to deal with a service that is manned, trained, managed and reports, in a 19th century cultural ethos. Society and the crimes it commits, are now largely 21st century. But the governing ethos of the police is still in its imperial era origins. That has to change for India to modernise as a country and as a lifestyle.

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