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

DSA is as much yours, as it is ours!

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Islamic state in Iraq and Levant has spread its influence and control over parts of Iraq at a pace and with a ferocity that few expected. Its expansion from a remote provincial threat to one that could pose a challenge to Iraq as we know it is a serious issue that has ramifications well beyond regional boundaries. It is a challenge to global order as most of society would like it to be, anywhere in the world. An established government, however inefficient or corrupt it maybe, cannot be allowed to be changed by the use of force. Which is what ISIL seeks to do in Iraq, having failed in its endeavours in Syria.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours!

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Indian politics has seen a paradigm shift. The momentous verdict of 2014 is deeply connected to its recent past and also has a long-term impact on its political and social development. The mandate is significant for many things, foremost of which is the fact that India voted for change like it hasn’t in decades. The upheaval of 2014 is certain to have long-term implications for Indian politics, governance, decision-making and most of all in the realms of policy formulation. The change that India has voted for must also be reflected in changes in policy. People have voted for a change in how India is governed. They have voted out the old order, the established way of governing India and how policies are made in the country.

 

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India's Alienated Neighbours

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Since independence in 1947 India has remained locked in a sapping bind with its neighbours over territorial matters or internal politics. The fact that local politics in all South Asian countries is influenced by relations with the neighbours is testimony to the long held belief that political separation does not necessarily mean psychological or emotional distancing. In fact the opposite is true and despite political boundaries separating countries, each still feels a perplexing connection to the other. This connection is by no means an entirely positive phenomenon wherein the other country harbours goodly feelings for its neighbour. The history of South Asia since 1947 in fact points to other direction, wherein neighbours have harmed each other only so as to spite the other.

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A face of India's Defence and Security

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A sound defence industrial base takes years of effort and investment. Effort involves putting together a vibrant and dynamic team coupled with raising the necessary infrastructure. Investment in research, hiring the brightest minds and developing cutting edge technologies produces the end result of a complete defence cycle. But all of this is only possible when the country has a well thought out long-term defence planning and vision. After all it takes a lot of time to develop the talent, put together the infrastructure, conduct the research and finally develop the state-of-the-art product. For all this to happen the country first needs to think through its national security strategy, develop a national security doctrine, both of which finally produce a national security policy.

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Editor-in-Chief view on March Edition

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War is a man’s world. The much repeated cliche has come to develop its own momentum and universal usage. It is now the common perception that wars are created and fought by men. There is a gender gap when it comes to conversations about wars, defence and security. It is commonly accepted that war is a man’s business and everything around it has a gender barrier. In perception terms women are excluded from the world of wars. But this hasn’t always been the case in societies that functioned long before the Victorian era brought its own mores into the world.

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