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

Indian Ocean Community: Challenges and Opportunity

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The Indian Ocean as a community has not existed as a definable concept for very long. Yet it has existed in an economic sense and cultural to a point. For millennia there has been an active economic and cultural exchange between peoples living along the rim of the Indian Ocean. Ideas have travelled along the oceanic currents, propelled by the monsoon winds. ‘Asian values’ as a common denominator across the ocean begins its journey from the shores of the Indian Ocean, spreading over generations of interaction. So languages have common words across thousands of oceanic miles. Common cultural traits are found amongst people who don’t live anywhere near each other, but are in fact separated by the vast expanse of water.

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United Kingdom and India - Strategic Partnership

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India and the United Kingdom have a strangely embedded relationship. In the four centuries of official and unofficial contact the relationship has seen many turning points. Despite its many challenges the relationship has endured the tests of time. And the tests have been numerous. But the shared sense of the past and common interests in the future, ensure that the two countries cooperate and communicate in an enduring manner. The cooperation and communication is not always savoury or pleasant, but it endures and that is testimony to this bond. Hurdles of the past and of the present, have not been able to undermine the relationship. Which is its innate strength. Hurdles there are many.

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Air Force Special - Global Trends

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The First Gulf War of 1991 gave a glimpse of war fighting in the future. From the management of logistics to mobilisation of troops and then to the actual conduct of combat operations.

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Internal Security Problems - Analysis by Manvendra Singh

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Barring the occasional hiccups on the Line of Control or Chinese intrusions on the Line of Actual Control, the country is far more focused on its internal security problems. The issues with terrorism and Naxalism are a constant source of news within the country. The recent arrest of Tunda the bomb maker for Pakistan based jihadi groups is a case in point. He occupies more news space in the papers than any other national security related subject. It is safe, therefore, to say that the biggest challenge facing India currently is that of internal security. The external environment may not exactly be the most benign, internal security is a bigger challenge than the external, by a mile at least.

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Editor-in-Chief View on "The Arms Trade Treaty"

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The Arms Trade Treaty has been approved by the United Nations and received its predictable response in India. And a host of other arms importing nations, including Pakistan. India abstained from the voting process and hence conveyed a mixed signal as to what it thinks of the treaty. It isn't always that India and Pakistan find themselves in the same corner of a divide in the United Nations. Not that it portents positive things for the future between the two squabbling neighbours, but just the bizarre nature of international negotiations and agreements. While each country has its own reasons for the position taken on the vote, India's arguments follow a familiar pattern established in the past.

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