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

India and Israel - Strategic Partnership (Founding Editor View)

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The frequency with which the Ministry of Defence bans organisations and companies from doing business with India is perplexing and worrisome. The latest to suffer the ire of South Block is the Israeli Military Industries. Coming in the wake of bans on some other globally regarded entities, it begs serious attention to the long term vision of the managers of the MoD, or its lack thereof.

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Tibet: Chinese Bridgehead or Vulnerability | April 2012

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Tibet is not China. One of the legendary documents in the archives of the Ministry of External Affairs relates to the closing of the Indian consulate in Lhasa during the 1950s. The orders to close the consulate, the only one of its kind in the Tibetan capital, dismayed the then Consul General. And he is meant to have said, paraphrased, ‘that with the decision to close the consulate the Himalayas will now cease to be a natural frontier between India and China’.

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DSA is As much Yours, As it Our’s | March 2012

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India and Iran were neighbours until 1947, a fact that is just about forgotten today. Both were in regular cultural and trading relations long before the birth of Islam and the discovery of oil, the reasons commonly stated for the closeness between the two civilization states. In a very real sense Iran is India’s oldest trading partner, culturally as well as economically.

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Founding Editor view on Jointness Synergy

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When the Chief of Army Staff goes to the Supreme Court it reflects poorly on the functioning of the Ministry of Defence and in particular it’s Minister. The matter has been in public domain for the longest time and its details are available to all and sundry. The interpretation of the details, or facts, is, however, the issue that occupies most of the minds. Those inclined in a particular direction will choose to interpret them in their own peculiar manner. And likewise for those inclined in the other direction. What has remained sadly unaddressed is the long term erosion of Army institutions, their sanctity and significance in military governance.

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Founding Editor view on Limited wars in South Asia

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The 26 November attack on Pakistan Army’s post in Mohmand Agency is a seminal event in a troubled relationship between allies in a constant spat. Whatever the spin put out by the Pakistan Army, or United States military spokespersons, the truth of the matter will remain confined by the differing perceptions generated out of this vexed relationship.

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