April-May-2017

  • NEEDLING THE ARMY
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    A rather peculiar phenomenon which is now appearing on the political landscape and in the mainstream and social media, is that anyone who is anyone, feels compelled to comment on the country’s Armed Forces, more so on the actions of the Army. The trend gained traction after the terror attack on the Air Force Station […]

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    Dear Sir, A very relevant subject has been touched upon by Gen. Sudhir Sharma in his article “Be Distinct” in SALUTE – Feb- Mar 17. Besides the valid points highlighted, one wonders if there is a planned strategy to equate the Army with other uniformed forces. The media plays a very dubious role — deliberate […]

  • GESTATION OR PROCRASTINATION?
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch ofincredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was […]

  • POTENTIAL PITFALLS OF CPEC
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    The dust on recently organised Belt Road Initiative Forum in China is yet to settle. Chinese and Pakistani media is gaga over the benefits from one component of BRI ie China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). India and Bhutan were unrepresented at this forum and for good reasons. India could not have participated due to objection […]

  • CHINA’S STRATEGIC GATEWAY TO THE INDIAN OCEAN
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    Connectivity is an old game that great nations have played since times immemorial. To sustain its empire, Rome supposedly paved 55,000 miles of roads and built aqueducts across Europe. It is China’s turn to play this game now. Discussions on connectivity should address not only the physical infrastructure aspects but also the institutional, financial, commercial, […]

  • HAS CHINA GONE OBOR-BOARD?
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    Last month Beijing hosted its much touted Belt and Road Forum (BARF) and managed to earn the bragging rights of being a beacon for free trade around the world.China announced a bonanza of billions of dollars for the participating countries and it was such an enticing economic buffet, that many economically emaciated countries couldn’t resist […]

  • THE INDIA-CHINA RELATIONSHIP: COMPETITION AND COOPERATION
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    In the aftermath of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India-China bilateral relations have plumbed new depths. China accuses India of using the Dalai Lama to provoke anti-Chinese sentiment, and says that diplomatic relations are “seriously damaged”. But His Holiness is a popular and revered guest in India, and so the Indian government’s resolute […]

  • CHABAHAR PORT: STRATEGIC NECESSITY FOR INDIA
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    Location Chabahar port is located in Iran next to the Gulf of Oman and at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz. It is the only Iranian port with direct access to the Indian Ocean. Located in close proximity to Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, it has been termed as […]

  • THE CHINA PAK NEXUS: CAN IT BE COUNTERED?
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    In mid May this year, Beijing formally unveiled its plans for a $1.3 trillion Belt and Road Initiative, that was previously referred to as the new Silk Route and then the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative. Its flagship project will be the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $46 billion investment that will connect […]