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

Founding Editor's Blog - February 2011

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There is nothing predictable about Russia. Things are never going to happen as they are meant to in other countries of the world. For in the country that straddles more time zones than any other, things will always happen in their own way, in the Russian way. It is a world, in a sense, by itself and over there things will happen in ways perplexing to most in the world, but par for the course for most of its citizens. There are, of course, those who are on the other side of ‘the way things happen’. And they sometimes pay a particularly wicked price. But that is Russia, an enigma in itself.

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Editor's Blog - January 2011

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Wikileaks has set the world of governance alight. Julian Assange has assembled a cast of info-warriors, info-martyrs and what not. If it is trunk loads of United States government cables tomorrow it will be another country. Of that there is a certainty, for the doors of defiance have been opened and they cannot easily be bolted again without changing the nature of governance. There is nobody spared, no country free from the vast stores of diplomatic limes. There are a lot more cables on India yet to be released. And Wikileaks have provided enough teasers to whet the appetite. Wikileaks have set the trend.

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Editor's December Blog

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Even as the country celebrates Navy Day it is worth placing the Indo-US relationship in the context of the opportunities offered by the service that keeps the seas safe. The Navy operates over the horizons, revelling in the vastness of the oceans. Vaster the better, is at the core of the Navy’s thinking. And in a very real way that is also the crux of the Indo-US relationship. The Navy is, curiously, the pointer to the potential of this nascent relationship.

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Editor's November blog post

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Trying to source a declassified copy of the Henderson-Brooks report on the 1962 Indo-China war is the spot on way of unravelling official India's mind-set towards its large eastern neighbour. Official histories of wars prior to and those since 1962 have been declassified. But not 1962, for it is the war that continues to haunt India, plague its psychology and colour its decision making. Official India will say that releasing the report will affect our relationship with China. Preposterous as it may seem in the 21st century, but that is how the Government of India believes that a limited war of the early 1960s continues to wield disproportionate influence on the country thinking. How an essentially after-action report of a restricted military campaign continues to impact on political relations between two neighbours is an idea that has long done its time.

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DSA is as much yours, as it is ours! - Anniversary Special

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It is now a year since we launched your magazine and we wouldn't be here without you and your tremendous support and encouragement. Here is wishing you all a very happy first anniversary and with all our thanks. So much has happened in the last one year that the headlines don’t seem the same at all. And most of all, there is something deeply disturbing in the manner the governments of India and of Jammu and Kashmir have responded to the stone throwing mobs. They are, after all, only stone throwing mobs, nothing more, nothing less. And for that rallying crowd to have the two governments in apoplectic fits is a poor testimony to both governance and national priorities. It is one thing to be sensitive to public opinion, but another to buckle and betray a complete absence of balance. The state government can be accused of the former, while the government of India is guilty of the latter.

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