Rajeshwari Krishnamurthy

Aggressive Hindu Radicalism: India’s Achilles Heel

in Culture, Education, India, Policy, Politics • 1 Response

In the seven months since India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took office in May 2014, there has been a noticeable rise in aggressive (not necessarily violent) Hindu radicalism percolating into political and social spheres in one way or another. The existence of Hindu radicalism of the aforementioned nature is not new. However, the frequency

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Julia Thompson

Quote of the Week: Societies and Military Power

in Culture, India, Military, Quotes, Theory • 1 Response

In Societies and Military Power: India and its Armies (1996), Stephen Peter Rosen analyzes how the structure of a society – as opposed to “culture” – impacts its military power. Using the history of the Indian armed forces as a case study, he argues that societal structure, mirrored in the armed forces, can contribute to or

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Syed Hussain Shaheed Soherwordi

De-escalation of Tensions along the Pakistan-India Divide

in India, Kashmir, LoC, Pakistan, Security

Pakistan-India border tension is again on fire. Last month saw heavy exchanges of fire from both countries targeting border posts along the Line of Control and the International Border. The fierce cross-border duels, which have caused civilian casualties on both sides, even led UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon to ask India and Pakistan to resolve their

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Arka Biswas

Reality of Cold Start and Its Nuclear Implications

in Deterrence, India, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan, Security • 4 Responses

In a report, “Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age,” published in November 2014, nuclear developments in Pakistan, especially the development of tactical nuclear weapons, have been identified as one of the factors that make South Asia the most volatile region in the world. The report, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that

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Julia Thompson

Quote of the Week: Realism and Nuclear South Asia

in India, Nuclear, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan, Quotes • 2 Responses

In his introduction to Inside Nuclear South Asia, Scott D. Sagan discusses and critiques what he terms “excessively narrow realist views of nuclear proliferation,” saying: “Realists in political science argue that states will acquire nuclear weapons only if such an arsenal is absolutely necessary to counter an international threat to vital security interests. They also

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