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Core concern

Harsh V. Pant Tags : harsh v pant , columnist indian express , Core concern Posted: Thu Jun 30 2011, 01:07 hrs news/core-concern/810673/0 In an unprecedented move in 2008, the 46-nation nuclear cartel, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), granted a crucial waiver to India enabling it to carry out nuclear commerce and ended 34 years of India’s isolation from the international mainstream in the wake of the 1974 nuclear tests. Describing it as a “historic deal,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it “a recognition of India’s impeccable non-proliferation credentials and its status as a state with advanced nuclear technology”. The NSG exemption was a major step in the implementation of the US-India nuclear accord and since then Delhi has been working towards establishing a mutually beneficial partnership with friendly countries in an area important for both global energy security and climate change. Last week, however, at its 2011 plenary meeting in the Net

REPORT: Naxal cheerleaders should be 'left alone': govt study

Agencies Posted online: Thu Jun 30 2011, 15:53 hrs DOWNLOAD REPORT New Delhi : A study sponsored by the Union Home Ministry has recommended that Naxal sympathisers should be "left alone" to the confinement of seminar halls rather than persecuting them. "Distinction needs to be made between Naxal activists and the cheerleaders, between incitement and advocacy and between criminal conspiracies and ideological sympathises. While the state can go all out against the Naxal overground activists, alleged persecution of the cheerleaders would provide no operational benefit. "It would only endorse the Naxal description of the state as an intolerant oppressor. As long as the cheerleaders are confining their activities to the limits of the seminar halls, they should be left alone," the study conducted under the aegis of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) said in its action plan for Left-wing extremism hit areas. BPRD does studies on policing subject

Sanskrit goes defunct at Andhra University

TNN Jun 29, 2011, 01.50am IST VISAKHAPATNAM: Sanskrit that is the mother of most Indian languages does not have any takers in the Andhra University. Not a single student has come forward to take admission in the post graduation course in Sanskrit this academic year. Thirteen applications for admission had been received in April second week for a total of 20 seats. But ultimately nobody joined the course. The university authorities did not conduct the entrance examination in the first place as there were fewer applications than the seats that were to be filled up. So, they sought to admit the students directly. Four reluctant candidates appeared for the counselling but not one of them was willing to take admission in the PG course. In the meanwhile, the admissions director of the university sent a missive to the faculty members concerned on the need to fill the vaca

The Next Winning Move in Private Equity To outperform their rivals, private equity firms will need to enhance their ability to spur organic growth in the companies they own. (And public companies will need to follow.) by Ken Favaro and J. Neely Illustration by Kate Edwards Where does private equity go from here? Now that the business has bounced off its lows of 2008 and 2009, it seems like the right time to ask that question. Looking at the strategic shifts that the biggest private equity (PE) firms have been making since early 2010, it’s clear that they are searching for an answer. There is the shift in the way fund raising is being handled, especially at a time when many of the limited partners who invest in private equity firms have “maxed out” their PE allocations — and the few who haven’t are being courted by every major firm. There is the shift toward public ownership of the PE firms, led by Blackstone, KKR, and, most recently, Apollo Management. And there is th

Nuclear chickens come home to roost The myth of a clean waiver from NSG has been finally busted with the group tightening its guidelines During the more than three-year-long process to finalize the terms of the nuclear deal with the US, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh kept meretriciously reassuring the nation that he would operationalize the deal only after securing a broad political consensus in support. He even pledged: “Once the process is over, I will bring it before Parliament and abide by the House.” Yet, he completely bypassed Parliament. And instead of any attempt at consensus building, the country witnessed a polarizing single-mindedness to clinch the deal at any cost. Now, with several of Singh’s key assurances to the nation falling by the wayside, the nuclear chickens have come home to roost. The Nuclear Suppliers Group’s (NSG’s) new ban on enrichment and reprocessing (ENR) equipment transfers fulfils one of the last remaining conditions

The Arab Spring: Opening A Pandorra’s Box?

By A. K. Verma The so called Arab spring represents a massive popular movement, not seen or predicted in the Arab world ever since the Suez sponsored Nasserite upheaval. It is as significant as the falling of the Berlin wall. The effects of the falling of the Berlin wall are still being felt. Similarly, the Arab spring will lead to irreversible and continuous changes. Although a common thread links the movement in all the regions its origins are not monocausal. The common denominator is that the entire region seeks a total transformation of ruling political structures and processes, fundamental reforms in governance to foster social equity and emancipation of the poverty ridden classes. The downtrodden have risen to forge a new identity, to look for better opportunities in education, development and personal enhancement. The spring started in Tunisia with a policewoman slapping a young adult who immolated himself later. This ignited into a blaze the widespread discontent which had bee

ON ANOTHER PLANE : Indo-US relationship cannot depend on a single deal

- The Indo-US relationship cannot depend on a single dealKanwal Sibal 1110630/jsp/opinion/story_ 14136893.jsp F-16 fighters The competition for the 126 medium multirole combat aircraft deal has sprung a surprise. The two American aircraft, the F-16 and the F-18, have been eliminated after technical evaluation by the Indian air force, belying the expectations of the government of the United States of America, American companies and most Indian analysts. American officials and specialists on India had built up anticipation that a US aircraft would eventually win the contract. In their view, this would be tangibly rewarding the US for the nuclear deal and the nuclear suppliers group exception permitting international cooperation in India’s civilian nuclear sector. Indeed, it was seen as a legitimate ‘deliverable’ for steps the US took to end our nuclear isolation, more so as our nuclear liability legislation has put on hold prospects for Indo-US civilian

Has India outsourced its foreign policy to US?

Shobhan Saxena 29 June 2011, 06:38 PM IST http://blogs.timesofindia. entry/has-india-outsourced- its-foreign-policy-to-us We are so proud of the techies in our little Silicon Valleys (Bangalore, Hyderabad) that we mistakenly believe that the nerve-centre of US economy is now in India and the Americans can’t do anything until a guy sitting somewhere in India presses a button. No doubt, thousands of young Indians (with fake names and fake accents) every day tell hundreds of thousands of Americans how to make their credit card payments or how to use a toilet cleaner, but to assume that we run America is preposterous. The fact is that our economy is dependent on American companies which outsource their work to us (at the cost of poor Americans). If the Americans stop hiring our cheap labour, it’s India that will get hit, not the Americans. Every time an American leader talks against outsourcing, India’s BPO bosses begin to shiver with fear. But, this o


B.RAMAN We tend to have an over-fascination for nuts and bolts and an allergy for concepts. The reports of such reviews ultimately turn out to be a plethora of nuts and bolts recommendations without a proper conceptual framework which could sustain our national security management system in the coming 10 years, if not longer.We should avoid this in carrying forward this important exercise. Since India became independent in 1947, it has had four in-house and one inter-ministerial reviews on certain aspects of national security management. 2. The in-house reviews went into the deficiencies in national security management as noticed during the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, the Mizo uprising of 1966 and the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai. The inter-ministerial review by the Kargil Review Committee (KRC)headed by the late K.Subramanyam in 1999 went into the operational deficiencies noticed during the Kargil military conflict in 1999. 3. Of the five revi

Nuclear materials security: Cooperation is key

BY FISSILE MATERIALS WORKING GROUP | 28 JUNE 2011 As South Korea prepares for the second Nuclear Security Summit, scheduled to take place in Seoul next March, the momentum for collective international action on nuclear terrorism must be sustained. In the months before the 2012 talks, states will have to work together to retain focus on the summit's ultimate goal -- securing vulnerable nuclear material worldwide -- or else risk taking a step backward in the fight against the menace of nuclear terrorism. Protect the gains made so far. The April 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, created a tremendous opportunity to reshape global perspectives on nuclear terrorism. For the first time, the idea of fighting nuclear terrorism emerged on the collective international agenda, rather than on the discrete agendas of individual nations. Before the 2010 summ