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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive yet brotherly’ relationship with Pakistan as the US withdrawal becomes imminent. The complications of a dialogue with Pakistan are all too evident with the Taliban

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Pakistani Strategic Culture: False Invincibility or Persistent Revisionism?

The issue of revisionism is a strange and important one in International relations discourse. Revisionist states, simply put, are the ones wanting to revise the status quo. Tacit or explicit consent to the status quo leads to long term detrimental effects to their interests in their national security calculation and perception. The most persuasive of the justifications of revisionism is encapsulated in the following dictum: In a race as in the case of the International political system, if you are not moving forward, you are going backward. A state that is not dynamic in its strategic thinking and nation building

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Independence – our lost PRIDE?

“You have to fight for freedom and once that freedom is achieved you have to fight to be free within that freedom” ~ Michael Sage My heart swells with pride the moment the national anthem is sang or heard; be it at the podium of the Olympics games, a sporting event, in educational institutions or in a foreign land. That feeling is held captive within, which none can steal. The anthem is a beautiful mix of what makes us Indian, a reminder that beyond all odds there is an INDIA which is one at its core. However the pride I

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Pakistan Political Economy- Where are the Actions for Leap frogging?

The Pakistan politico-economic strategy, like many developing countries is based on the logic of leap frogging certain stages of development. Channeling new information and hardware technologies, flow of international capital and goods, liberalizing trade, massive infrastructure and private sector investment along with parallel human resource development are essential components of this strategy. It is based on the idea that developing countries can learn, improvise and refashion best practices looking at the experiences of developed countries thus avoiding the mistakes and time constraints that some developed countries faced during their process of development. The strategy also aims at integrating social goals

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Indian Narrative in International Politics

What is soft power and how relevant is it? Soft power is the ability to influence perceptions of your own country in a person’s mind, who is not aware of the various aspects of your national life. It is a modern approach in the information age to influence the undecided and the neutrals. While beneficial to sectors like tourism, arts and culture, Soft power is essentially a citizen concept. The govt can invest, organize and encourage but it cannot direct and interfere in the exercise of soft power. True soft power lies in the standards and discourse that citizens and

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NSG is not strategic but the strategic involves NSG

NSG is not worth the effort but process wise it’s important to make the effort to enter. Good Indo-US relations are worth the effort. If US does not involve itself in Asia, India, Japan and others can’t do anything about China.   China does not forget, it will never forget it’s century of humiliation before 1949 and Chinese are very hard working people and PLA is a party state army, the only army that serves a political party before a nation. Japan, Vietnam, south Korea will never compromise with China and NATO obliges US to support them. If Asian allies

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Why Sex Has Become The Only Strong Attraction

Santosh Desai, who writes the column City City Bang Bang for the Times of India, is one of the very few of what I would call the Thinking Man’s Journalist. When most other news articles across various media are filled with details and opinions, his are the rare exceptions, filled with an honest and unbiased analysis of the issue at hand. In  TOI, he wrote about the whole furore over Dr Harsh Vardhan’s comment on sex education in our country. He said that as opposed to the vehement self-righteousness with which sex education is being defended by the so-called liberals,

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An Insight into the minds of Pakistani hockey players

Sporting encounters between India & Pakistan are the epitome of fierce rivalry. Over-the-top & exaggerated celebrations by the winning team are very common. But the ‘celebrations’ carried out by Pakistan hockey team after the semifinals match against India in Champions Trophy held recently crossed all the limits of exuberation and decency. Spirit of sports was sacrificed at the altar of a ‘middle-finger’. Pakistan hockey team thereafter is in the eye of a storm and has received a lot of flak from sports lovers all across the world, particularly from India. But before we go ahead with the criticism of Pakistan

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Rehan Poncha’s Open Letter To Narendra Modi

A letter to the most powerful man in the country! I would appreciate it if you could share this post so it reaches many! Thank you! Dear Mr. Narendra Modi, I write to you as an athlete of the country you lead and have been elected to better. Amidst the hysteria around the football World Cup, a news channel broke the story of a few MLA’s who were going to Brazil to watch the World Cup under the pretext that they needed to see how an event as big as the this was being managed. A day later, after much

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यह कैसी इन्सानियत है

यह कैसी इन्सानियत है जिसमें न किसी को शर्म आये सुनी एक ऐसी खबर जिससे कि सबका दिल दहल जाये वैसे तो ऐसी खबर अक्सर हर रोज सुनाई देती हैं नारी पर अत्याचार, बलात्कार की चीख सुनाई देती हैं यहाँ एक तरफ माँ बैठी दिखाई जाती है शेर पर तो दूसरी माँ बच्चे को जन्म देती है कचरे के ढेर पर एक तरफ शेर पर बैठी महिला के आठ हाथ दिखाई देते हैं दूसरी महिला के आँचल को खींचते दस हाथ दिखाई देते हैं यह कैसी अजीब सी दिखाई देती, देश की तस्वीर है जहाँ भूखा मनुष्य को मारती, खुद

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