Arun Kumar Singh

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Arun Kumar Singh

Clear and present danger

The Indian media, with the odd exception, has missed out on analysing a recent incident at the Karachi naval dockyard. On the night of September 6, half a dozen serving and retired Pakistan Navy (PN) personnel, led by an officer, entered the Karachi naval dockyard in a boat and attempted to take over the 3,000-tonne Chinese-built frigate, PNS Zulfiqar, when the warship in the harbour.

Promises to keep

Media reports indicate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all ministries to hand him, by August 10, “implementation reports” of the various projects announced by the government in the Budget, so that he can announce these in his August 15, Independence Day speech to the nation.

Contested coastlines

The recent July 7 verdict by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in The Hague, the Netherlands, has resulted in some media and Indian think tank comments supporting the accord as a “win-win” event for India and Bangladesh, while others have lamented the loss of EEZ (exclusive economic zone) equal to the size of Bengal. Some others have called it a “civilised example of maritime dispute settlement” and asked for similar solutions to the ongoing disputes in the South and East China Seas.

Trial by fire

It was believed by strategic experts that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reputation as a no-nonsense and decisive leader would be tested soon by Pakistan and China. On June 29, a series of media reported events indicated that the expected trial by fire was greater than anticipated.

Navy in the dock

The Indian Navy has always had a sound strategy to develop a “balanced force capability” comprising naval aviation, submarines, warships and marine commandos, so that it can protect national interests

Foreign funding of NGOs is a topic that never seems to lose currency.

The recent comments of Justice Markandey Katju, a retired Supreme Court judge, in support of the uniform civil code on the ground that the Muslim personal law is “barbaric, backward and unjust” has ra