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Publisher and CEO Blog - Pawan Agrawal Blog

Balochistan: The Counterpoint

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The signs came in quick succession that Pakistan and China were preparing to present India with a fait accompli in Jammu and Kashmir. First, Pakistan and then China called on India to participate in the creation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor connecting the Chinese province of Xinjiang with the Gwadar seaport on the Balochistan coastline that dominates the North Arabian Sea through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. With India refusing to commit geostrategic harikiri by joining the project, PoK announced that it would only be formally annexing the territory in Jammu and Kashmir that it had illegally occupied in 1948 and designating it as the “Fifth Province” of Pakistan.

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Indian Women Have Come A Long Way

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Post-Independence, progress has been seen in all spheres of the Indian society but the most commendable evolution has been in the overall reformation of the Indian women in these 70 years of freedom. There was a time till 1950s when girls and women were not allowed to study. But soon established women in India like Sarojini Naidu, Mahadevi Verma, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, Bikaji Cama and others became inspirational to others. Barriers were broken and the girls started getting enrolled in schools and later in colleges and universities that set them on the path of mental development that was to pay dividends in decades to come.

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Demonetisation: A Hammer On Terrorism And Fake Currency

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India has a prolific chronicle of dates which we cherish every year as a part of our proud revolutionary history. Joining the list of revolutionary dates is the event of 8 November 2016 which has served as yet another revolution in modern India. Every Indian became associated, willy-nilly, with this date. When I say ‘everyone’ it includes not only individuals but organisations, homes and every sector of human endeavour in India.

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Indian Army Post Strikes : New Posture and Policy?

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It has been a period of interminable patience over the past 44 years since the signing of the Simla Agreement when India has used soft diplomacy to convince Pakistan that it is in the interest of both countries that we seek ways to live in peace, amity and cooperation. Nothing worked. Not even the return of 93,000 Pakistani prisoners of war evacuated from Bangladesh to prevent the people of that new nation from venting their anger on the Pakistan Army for the merciless genocide of Bengali people. So, the current government had resorted to the surgical strikes across the Line of Control (LoC) raising speculations of a new posture and the advent of a policy of ‘offensive defence’. Perhaps, it is time to give our due thought to the former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf (of Kargil infamy) who had remarked that even if Kashmir is settled to Pakistan’s satisfaction India would still be under attack.

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Conflicts in Ocean Space

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As the world has progressed into prosperity and development, the environment on earth, the sky and the seas have become contaminated by various means and the world’s natural resources are dwindling. We all know that for human survival water and air are the most critical elements. The main source of water and increasingly, new discoveries of hydrocarbons and other exotic minerals and metals, are the oceans. Coupled with the rapid depletion of fish stocks around the globe, the deteriorating state of oceans and the frenetic desire to control the seas has nation-states bordering water bodies to become hyper-possessive of their territorial waters and the adjoining Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). These zones were created by the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Seas (UNCLOS) several decades ago and have acknowledged legitimacy in geopolitics and exclusive exploitation. The depletion of resources on land has contributed to the exacerbation of conflicts in ocean space. The oceans are not just the main source of water for mankind but they have minerals, oil, gas and many other costly herbs and spices which are sold at high prices in the world market. It is not that the conflict is only for the water but it is also for the other precious things available in the oceans. Almost all the countries close to the oceans have their naval forces guarding their sea boundaries.

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