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In defeating Irom Sharmila, the voters of Manipur have demonstrated their opposition to her call for the revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the State. It also exposes human rights activists of all hues That Irom Sharmila, well- known human rights activist from Manipur, synonymous with her 16-year-...
Politics must have played a huge part in the 2005 Delhi blasts case investigation not being re-opened after new evidence came up. Why did neither the police nor the then Government take cognizance? Was this because the Congress itself was a divided house? It is not surprising that the verdict on...
If the political class is unwilling to take steps to sort out the issue in J&K, then the security forces have little choice but to put in place measures to ensure that they do not become the only ones to bear the brunt of violence The recent tragic martyrdom of six...
The Government must take a firm stand on higher defence selection. This is difficult but essential. It will define the Prime Minister’s tenure in office For some time now, the Army has been in the news for the wrong reasons, be it the controversy over the selection of the Army chief,...
The only viable option for the Modi Government is to go back to the status quo ante as it existed before the Third Pay Commission started tinkering with the issue of civil-military parity. But sooner or later, the Government must take initiatives to move ahead in this direction When is a...
The Government has missed out on an opportunity to restructure the defence establishment in a meaningful way On the hotly-debated issue of selection of the Chief of Army Staff, let there be no doubt that hypocrisy and selective use of facts seem to be the norm on both sides of the...
Apart from bringing an immediate institutional change, the establishment needs to change its mindset. If technology and state-of-art measures are to be given primacy of place in our military doctrine, a drastic reduction in the size of our forces is also required It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever...
All appointed constitutional authorities in the country should spare more time to address grievances of the people. It’s better that they don’t interfere in serious political matters. Those should be left to Parliament’s wisdom Not too many months ago, the Supreme Court threw out the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, terming...
Our military personnel must be given their due, not just in monetary terms but also in matters of self-respect. They have been routinely sidelined by the politician-bureaucrat nexus. Things were expected to change with the new regime, but that change is still not in sight Nearly four decades after the famous...
Only dead soldiers get treated better, but that too not in all our States. An individual who dies after consuming illegal hooch in West Bengal, for instance, gets the same compensation that was offered to a martyr of the Uri terror attack. It’s a sad state of affairs There is a...