Arun Kumar Singh

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Arun Kumar Singh

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.

Let’s talk business with Uncle Sam

In 2006, whilst in the Navy, I attended and spoke at an international seminar in Manama (Bahrain). I still recall the host country speaker, regaling the audience of politicians, military personnel and diplomats from over a hundred nations when he said, “The US is a great democracy. It always arrives at the right answer to global problems after having exhausted all other options”.

The power of the sea

The Chinese Navy — also known as PLAN or People’s Liberation Army Navy — has emerged as the world’s third largest Navy in terms of blue water capable combat units, after US and Russia.

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

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.