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

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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Founding Editor view on Aerospace Special Issue

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There is a game of serious brinkmanship underway between Pakistan and the United States of America. Actually the game has been started by Pakistan and the US willy-nilly has to partake in it. Because that is the peculiar nature of the game and since it involves countless lives and at least three countries. All of it revolves around the shape and structure of a post troop withdrawal Afghanistan.

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Founding Editor View on Land Force India

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Everything about the government’s attitude toward its largest armed force is epitomized by its handling over the age matter of the Chief of Army Staff. It is truly bizarre as to the depths of ignorance that the government can sink. And it is downright dangerous the levels that the government can go so as to manipulate its agenda onto the Armed Forces. In this case the army, its largest land force and the true reflection of the Union of India, for it is the union of all communities and regions of this country. And yet the government will not hesitate to mishandle sensitive matters concerning the army.

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Founding Editor View on Afganistan Special

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The announcement of a troop withdrawal by President Obama has sent many theorists over the top, but there is much happening under the radar that suggests Armageddon is not imminent. And if the game is played well and fairly, that doomsday can safely be prevented till eternity. But that of course depends on the inimitable 'if' of regional politics and global visions. There are many imponderables enroute and much to happen before the last western soldier leaves the dust and destruction of Afghanistan behind.

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