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A long due and welcome step
APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
22.08.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi that the country would have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a long due and welcome step. This had been the need of defence forces since long and is in keeping with the requirements of modern warfare.

Most other democracies, including the United States, already have this system for better coordination among various wings of defence forces and for having a single-point link between the elected government and the defence services.

Currently the country has a coordination committee comprising the three chiefs of army, air force and navy. The chairman is the senior most among the three service chiefs. However since these officer are of equal rank, there had been problems in taking decisions. Also the chief of the committee was reporting to the Defence Secretary who would report to the Defence Minister and who, in turn, would report to the prime minister.
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It is more good than bad for the Congress
SONIA GANDHI RETURNS TO LEAD
14.08.19 - Pushkar Banakar

It is more good than bad for the Congress with Sonia Gandhi coming back at the helm of party affairs. Her appointment was pivotal at this juncture to unify the party. With some big names including the likes of Karan Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Deepender Hooda and others coming out in support of abrogation of Article 370, the cracks in the party were out in the open. The party also saw crossovers like former Congress chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Bhubaneswar Kalita.

At this point, a non-Gandhi president like Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury or Mukul Wasnik would have proven to be disastrous for the party. Sonia Gandhi will act as glue which the party requires at this juncture.

Apart from acting as the binding agent, Sonia Gandhi with her vast experience as a former Congress president and approachable leadership will help to contain any possible revolt or mutiny. She will also ...
  


This year too the Chinar will turn Red
PUNJAB & KASHMIR - PAST & PRESENT
13.08.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

AFTER THE PARTITION of India and Pakistan, the unresolved fate of princely state of Jammu and Kashmir aggravated the situation between the two nations, and they went into an undeclared war with each other. After India took the case to the United Nations, the international organization mediated to put ceasefire into effect between the two belligerent countries. In the following years, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolutions in which not only was the right of self-determination of the Kashmiris people primarily accepted but it was also proposed that the people of Kashmir would be given an opportunity of holding a plebiscite.

It was assumed that once an impartial plebiscite in Kashmir is conducted according to the United Nations resolutions, peace would prevail in the state. More than seventy hard years have passed but this long-drawn promise has not been fulfilled so far.

On August 5, 2019 the Narendra Modi government in ...
  


6 things Pakistan and India can do instead of fighting
BULLETS CAN'T BRING PEACE
01.08.19 - Talha Ahmed

They live side-by-side. They started off their journey together. They share history and in some instances much the same culture. They know it and the world knows all the good that they can do so simply by standing together.

Still, it appears that Pakistan and India would much rather fight each other and end up killing scores of civilians rather than join hands in progress.

In case they change their minds, here are six things India and Pakistan can do together instead of fighting:

1. Increase people-to-people contacts
 
We need this more than ever. The forces of extremism and bigotry are loud on either side, and the way to counter the ensuing misconceptions, hatred and stereotyping is to get the people in touch with each other in a manner unfettered and unfiltered by media biases.

To this end, the governments should facilitate traveling between the two countries. Ease up visa regimes, provide security to tourists, ...
  



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