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No lessons learnt from past; 'Military History of India' makes clear

Sometime in 2001-02, a Group of Ministers headed by L.K. Advani, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India, had accepted a recommendation of a task force headed by Arun Singh, a former Minister of State for Defence, to create the post of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to ensure that the three wings of the armed forces operated on the same page, particularly in times of conflict.

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Partition: A dissection of the 'metaphor for madness'

Book: The Psychological Impact of the Partition of India; Editors: Sanjeev Jain and Alok Sarin; Publisher: Sage; Price: Rs 850; Pages: 241

A new idea of Pakistan's multi-layered reality

Title: Points of Entry - Encounters at the Origin Sites of Pakistan; Author: Nadeem Farooq Paracha; Publisher: Tranquebar; Pages: 188; Price: Rs 499


Reminiscences of an Indian Frontier Administrative Service Officer Major Krishna Chandra Johorey, IAS (Retd)

An astute study of early Indian sociology

The author contends that the "colonial connection" has gone a long way in shaping the ideological nuances of Indian sociology and anthropology. 

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.