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

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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Founding Editor view on Armed Forces Special Powers Act

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The Armed Forces Special Powers Act is once again in the news, albeit for the wrong reasons. Politics over the AFSPA continues unabatedly and as always, without any logic. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir has taken it upon himself to ask for its repeal from certain areas of the state that he believes are not affected by terrorist violence. This is not the first time he has taken this position and this is also not the first time he has been explained the true picture of the situation.

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Founding Editor view on Homeland Security

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The Indo-Afghan Strategic Agreement is one of the most significant national security developments in the last decade. In its scope it is on par with the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement, but in its impact it is more immediate as far as national security is concerned. The potential of the agreement is such that it could directly influence developments across three regions of Asia - West, Central and South. For it is in Afghanistan that these three regions meet, making the country unique in its history, as well as its future role. The significance of the Indo-Afghan Strategic Agreement is well understood in Tehran, Tashkent, as well as in Dushanbe. For the moment though it is misunderstood in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. And that is where the rub lies.

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