“Any action by Pakistan to alter the status of the militarily occupied so-called ‘Gilgit-Baltistan’ has no legal basis whatsoever and is totally void ab-initio. Our position has always been clear and consistent. The entire territories of the Union Territories [UTs] of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh have been and are an integral part of India and would remain so”, he stated. … [Read more...] about Gilgit-Baltistan polls have no legal basis, says India
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What has actually taken aback most strategic commentators is the fact that President Trump decided to send the secretary of state and the defence secretary for the 2+2 Dialogue with India seven days before the crucial presidential election in the US which could see a change of administration. … [Read more...] about 2+2 2020 could be a game changer
By Rajan KochharBorder disputes have been the bane of India since ancient times. Unfortunately, the leadership never had the urgency to address these issues which has resulted in differences being converted into disputes. The present conflict with China has been the manifestation of this malaise.It has been no secret to us that the Chinese leadership has never desired a settlement of the border dispute. They have followed Mao Tse Tung’s expansionist theory of “Five Fingers,” i.e. Ladakh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. The Chinese has ever since made repeated intrusions in these areas and tested the resolve of our forces to defend these moves.China understands that mobilization of large forces will not make any difference to their 15 trillion economy but will definitely impact the economy of other nations like India, Bhutan and Nepal. The PLA has over a period of time amassed huge military assets which are exhibited by them to intimidate other nations. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Unraveling the Chinese Code
While Chinese troops withdrew 2 kilometre from Patrolling Point 14 (PP14) in the Galwan heights, which was the site of the clashes on 15 June 2020, Indian troops also had to withdraw 2 kilometreinto their own territory onto the river-valley floor. The PLA remain on the heights. … [Read more...] about Did Modi ignore Xi’s betrayal in Ladakh?
105.Hon'ble Members, my Government is showing a new path towards rapid development and modernisation based on the belief that a prosperous society can be built on the principles of humanity, equality and fraternity which the founding fathers of our nation so cherished. We are presenting a new template of a society where livelihoods can be secured for millions of underprivileged and the aspirations of our youth for a better life can be met; a society where massive developmental projects do not impinge on the security of the ecology and environment; a society that is open, democratic and transparent, but where national security is always paramount. … [Read more...] about President Pratibha Patil’s address to Parliament – March 12, 2012