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B.RAMAN   Gen.V.K.Singh, who will be retiring as the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) on  May 31,2012, will go down in history as a highly competent General, who did not deserve to be the head of the proud Indian Army despite his excellent record in the battle-field against our adversaries. 2. He proved during the last months of his tenure that to command the Indian Army, one's professional qualities and battle-field achievements alone are not sufficient. One requires leadership qualities like firmness in man management combined with fairness to subordinates and colleagues, discretion, an ability to win the respect of the colleagues and establish an atmosphere of trust with the political leadership. 3. India has been a successful democracy. Its success has been due to not only its voters and its electoral system, but also to the responsible behaviour of the heads of its institutional pillars. Our Army has always been one of the important institutional


  B.RAMAN Reports from Myanmar indicate that during his visit to Myanmar next week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be meeting Aung San SuuKyi at Yangon (Rangoon) on May 29,2012. She has reportedly re-scheduled a visit to Bangkok, her first visit abroad since her release from house-arrest, in order to be available at Yangon for meeting our Prime Minister. 2. This gesture of hers is indicative of the importance attached by her to Myanmar's relations with India despite her past unhappiness over India's close relations with the military junta that ruled the country till the end of 2010. 3. The Prime Minister's visit comes at a time when there are reports of spreading public unrest over severe power-cuts in many towns. The unrest in the form of street demonstrations first started in Mandalay and from there has since  spread to Pegu, Monywa and Yangon.The protesters have not taken the permission of the Police for holding demonstrations which is


  B.RAMAN The Government of India has taken the first important step towards the modernisation of our national security apparatus by commissioning a study of the apparatus as it stands today and as it ought to be to counter likely future threats from other States and non-State actors. 2.The exhaustive study, lasting nearly 10 months, was undertaken by a special Task Force headed by ShriNaresh Chandra, who has had the distinction of having served as the Defence Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary as well as the Governor of Rajasthan and our Ambassador to the US during the critical period following our nuclear tests of 1998. He is, therefore, no stranger to the internal and external aspects of national security and to the linkages between national security and national strength. The report of the Task Force was submitted to the Prime Minister on May 23,2012. 3. The exercise has now moved into the second and even more important step of

Terrorism and the Not-So-Exceptional Individual

  May 24, 2012 | 0900 GMT Print Sttratfor By Scott Stewart In last week's Security Weekly, we used a thwarted underwear bomb plot , as well as the U.S. government's easing the rules of engagement for unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in Yemen, as an opportunity to examine the role of exceptional individuals in militant groups that conduct terrorist attacks. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP's) innovative bombmaker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, is one such individual. Reported by AP on May 7, the news of the thwarted underwear plot overshadowed another event in Yemen that occurred May 6: a U.S. airstrike in Shabwa province that killed Fahd al-Quso, a Yemeni militant wanted for his involvement in the attack against the USS Cole in October 2000. Al-Quso appeared in a video released by AQAP's al-Malahim Media in May 2010, during which he threatened attacks against the continental United States, its embassy in Yemen and warships in the water

Case against ‘non-interference’: New world order and clash of civilizations

by G. Parthasarathy   The Government of India has faced not even slightist criticism in Western capitals and even from its own "liberal intelligentsia" for not supporting Western attempts for effecting "regime change" in those countries labelled to be "rogue states," or said to be acquiring "weapons of mass destruction". This Western propensity for "regime change" was justified ideologically, as the Soviet Union was falling apart and finally collapsed on December 25, 1991. In his thesis entitled "The End of History", American scholar Francis Fukuyama then proclaimed: "What we are witnessing is not just the end of the Cold War, but the end of history as such; that is the end of man's ideological evolution and the universalisation of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government". Even as American aircraft commenced bombing Iraq in August 19

For a fistful of dollars, America and Pakistan wrangle

By Sanjeev Miglani   MAY 22, 2012   Pakistan's relationship with the United States can't get more transactional than the prolonged negotiations over restoration of the Pakistani supply route for NATO troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan, according to leaked accounts of so-called private negotiations, is demanding $5000 as transit fee for allowing trucks to use the two most obvious routes into landlocked Afghanistan, blocked since November when two dozen Pakistani soldiers were killed in an U.S. air strike from Afghanistan. The United States which apparently paid about $250 for each vehicle carrying everything from fuel to bottled water all these years is ready to double that, but nowhere near the price Pakistan is demanding for its support of the war. It also wants an apology for the deaths of the soldiers but America has stopped short of that, offering regret instead. The two cou

Islam and Nazism, twin diseases Mohammad Merah the Muslim Murderer Expressing the sort and degree of indignation we wish we heard more often, Daniel Greenfield writes at Canada Free Press: There was a time when Jewish children were hunted down and killed in France. Their killers believed themselves to be members of a superior group that was destined to rule the world and enslave or exterminate members of inferior groups. The cowardice and appeasement of the French authorities allowed them to operate fre ely, to kill Jews and launch attacks on other countries. What was then is now again. The occupying army doesn't wear uniforms, it wears keffiyahs. It doesn't speak German, it speaks Arabic. It doesn't believe that it is superior for reasons of race as much as for reasons of religion. It does not view all others as Untermenschen, but as infidels. It looks forward not to a thousand year Reich, but to a thousand year Caliphate. Mohamme

Is the U.S.-India relationship losing steam?   Posted on May 19, 2012 by chellaney Brahma Chellaney WASHINGTON — Was the U.S.-India strategic partnership oversold to the extent that it has failed to yield tangible benefits for the United States? Even as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just held detailed discussions in New Delhi, an increasing number of analysts in Washington have already concluded that the overhyped relationship is losing momentum. The skeptics cite two high-visibility issues in particular: India's rejection of separate bids by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. to sell 126 fighter-jets, and New Delhi's reluctance to snap energy ties with Iran. The discussion over these issues, however, obscures key facts. Take the aircraft deal.  Despite that setback, U.S. firms have clinched several other multibillion-dollar arms deals in recent years. These contracts have been secured on a government-to-government basis, wit


    India-US relations have neither burgeoned as much as the enthusiasts may have wanted nor withered as much as the skeptics may have anticipated. The relationship is neither in an impasse nor is it set to surge ahead dramatically.   The welcome improvement in India-US ties does not automatically mean a convergence of interests on thorny issues.   On Iran, for example, our differences are real. The US is pressuring India to scuttle its relationship with Iran, which India is resisting.   The inconsistency of the US position on Iran and Pakistan in relation to India is glaring. This weakens the US case on Iran in India's eyes.   The US wants India to disengage itself from Iran which is not India's adversary but engage Pakistan which is one.   It wants, moreover, to retain the freedom to disregard India's concerns while maintaining a   level of relationship with Pakistan that it feels its national interest require

Doug Casey on Taxes and Freedom, Part II

The Daily Reckoning Presents   Doug Casey on Taxes and Freedom, Part II                           In yesterday's edition of The Daily Reckoning, we featured Part I of a provocative interview with Doug Casey about taxes and freedom...and whatever else was on his mind. "Taxation is force alloyed with fraud," Doug declared in Part I of the interview. "It's theft, pure and simple. Most people basically admit this when they call taxation a 'necessary evil,' somehow mentally evading confrontation with the fact that they are giving sanction to evil. But I question whether there can be such a thing as a 'necessary evil.' Can anything evil really be necessary? Can anything necessary really be evil?..." In Part II, Doug expands upon this assertion. Enjoy! Louis James: Tax Freedom Day this year was April 17. Doug: That means that all the work the average guy does until April 17 goes to pay for the government that failed to protect him on September

India’s rise as an Asia–Pacific power: rhetoric and reality

  Strategic Insights 58 - India's rise as an Asia–Pacific power: rhetoric and reality Monday, 7 May 2012 India's emergence as an Asian power—and eventually perhaps as an Asia–Pacific power—has wide implications for the region and consequently for Australia. This paper, authored by Dr Sandy Gordon, considers those implications as they relate to three closely related areas: the restraints that act on India's security strategy and limit its strategic reach; its ambitious goals in the Indian Ocean region; and its emerging role in shaping the geostrategic structure of the Asia–Pacific region, which must simultaneously accommodate China's rise and America's relative decline.   Download PDF

Australia's Strategy

May 22, 2012 | 0900 GMT STRATFOR   By George Friedman Australia is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, ranked in the top 10 in gross domestic product per capita. It is one of the most isolated major countries in the world; it occupies an entire united continent, is difficult to invade and rarely is threatened. Normally, we would not expect a relatively well-off and isolated country to have been involved in many wars. This has not been the case for Australia and, more interesting, it has persistently not been the case, even under a variety of governments. Ideology does not explain the phenomenon in this instance. Since 1900, Australia has engaged in several wars and other military or security interventions (including the Boer War, World War I, World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq) lasting about 40 years total. Put another way, Australia has been at war for more than one-third of the time since the Commonwealth of Australia was