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

Editor-in-Chief's View on Global Security and Role of ThinkTanks

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has been involved in military operations for over a decade in Afghanistan. This makes it possibly the longest active combat campaign undertaken by NATO. For all its bad press and worse social impact on account of extraordinarily large, albeit accidental, civilian casualties, the NATO campaign has not been a failure.

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Social Media - A powerful weapon for Modern India

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Social media is a game changer that has followed the logical development of the Internet. If the web was an equaliser in spreading knowledge beyond the confines of those in possession, then access to social media platforms spreads information faster than conventional media is capable of. Traditional media, be it state or privately owned, cannot match social media platforms for the speed of disbursement. It is also a fact that much of what goes as information through social media may lack credibility, but its distribution cannot be stopped. At least not in a free democratic country. And that is where the catch lies in terms of the utility of social media.

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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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