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India–Pakistan power play 2019: A Sri Lankan perspective By Piyumi Fonseka

The Indian subcontinent is home to two of the largest armies on Earth. Not only are the armies of India and Pakistan among the world's largest, but they have stood on alert facing one another since the dissolution of the British Indian Army in 1947.

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India’s National Security , Speech by Shiv Shankar Menon

Lecture is delivered at  (Ananta Aspen Centre, 5 March 2014) by Shivshankar menon, NSA, India

We live with a paradox in India. We are both increasingly secure and increasingly paranoid about our national security.

Pakistan: polio, jihad and the future of democracy

Since its independence Pakistan has always failed to establish itself as a democratic state in its full sense. The very origin of Pakistan, on which it was founded, was religion, and was always a dominant factor behind the idea of a Muslim nation or Pakistani nationalism writes Md. Afroj

Operation Bluestar: Unanswered questions about Britain’s role

The current Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Feb 5 sought an unconditional apology from the British government for what he termed "secretly assisting" India in the launch of Operation Bluestar in 1984 writes Gaurav Dixit

India-Sri Lanka ties: Needed engagement not absenteeism

In the post-CHOGM 2013 scenario, relations between India and Sri Lanka have reached status quo ante that signified their bilateral relations over human rights concerns vis-à-vis its Tamil minority in the Northern Province. In other words, it’s a situation which would suit the idiomatic “back to square one” where India continues to sing requiem for the Tamilians killed in Sri Lankan civil war excesses and demand accountability while Sri Lanka refuses to be “cornered” writes Vivek Mishra

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