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The jihadist attack in Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery, a posh café and restaurant next to a tranquil lake frequented mostly by expats looking for French croissants and Manhattan-style brunches, where at least 28 people were butchered on July 1-2, left intelligence experts and many others stupefied, flummoxed over the cruelty shown by a small group of youngsters armed with semi-automatic weapons and improvised grenades. Former CIA officer-turned-academic Paul R. Pillar has observed that terrorists everywhere almost always target non-combatants: “people who cannot defend themselves with violence in return”.

 
 

The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is once again in the eye of the storm following the recent Supreme Court ruling by Justice Madan Lokur and Justice UU Lalit on alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur. The ruling though may lead to an unintended situation the honourable justices may never have imagined.

 
 

As the strategically important Indian Ocean archipelago of the Maldives continues its descent into political anarchy with democratic institutions facing an unabated onslaught under the authoritarian regime of President Abdulla Yameen, India can no longer afford to be a mere spectator.

 
 

Words are the new weapons, satellites the new artillery… Ceasar had his officers, Napoleon had his armies. I have my divisions: TV, news, magazines,” were the telling words of Elliot Carver, a media baron and arch villain in the movie ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, to James Bond.

 
 

The ‘green crescent’ on the map of Asia, which begins directly from under the Black Sea and till recently ended in the Kashmir valley, poses the single greatest threat to the Indian deep state.

 
 

India is unlikely destination, but intel agencies must keep guard

 

A flowing red turban above an Indian soldier’s khaki caught my eye. He was among the Allied troops paying homage at the Thiepval monument in France during last week’s 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 

 
 

Seventeen years ago, on July 4-5, 1999, the Indian army fought and won a magnificent battle victory during the Kargil war. There were two turning points in the Kargil war: the capture of Tololing which started the 'turn in the tide' and the back-to-back capture of Tiger Hill and Point 4875. 

 
 

The mission computer that will guide the multi-mode radar inputs is Indian.

 

An India-Russia venture, the new BRAHMOS missile is a unique illustration of joint design, joint development and joint production. Russia built the propulsion system and seeker while India worked on the guidance, air frame and on-board electronic modules

 


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India will on September 26 dispatch around 900 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh which is being loaded on to Indian Naval Ship Gharial at Kakinada port in Andhra Pradesh.
 
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The Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to amend its constitution at the upcoming national congress.
 
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An atmospheric test by Pyongyang  would ensure that North Korea could become a pariah state for the rest of Kim Jong-Un’s lifetime...However, their technologies in terms of making nuclear and thermonuclear bombs and rocketry that was acquired from late Pakistani scientist A Q Khan network and the Chinese/Soviet sources merit
 
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The apprehension was justified. US President Donald Trump’s disregard for institutions and fondness for reckless rhetoric meant that his maiden appearance at the annual UN General Assembly was a closely watched affair.
 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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