China, at Pakistan's behest, is learnt to have brought up Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane’s recent remarks on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir at the UN Security Council meet on Wednesday, in its failed attempt to build a case that India was preparing a military action against its western neighbour.
The current crisis in West Asia hangs by a fine balance — and held by the stability of oil prices
India, for its part, will have to reconcile Iranian regional ambitions with a repackaged US idea of global power.
Any files related to defence policy issues would still have to pass through the Defence Secretary.
In the coming year, the political focus will largely shift squarely on governance.
There’s no doubt that CAA along with Article 370 decision and Ayodhya order have recast foreign policy priorities.
BJP has lost power in a politically significant state like Maharashtra. And, in the bigger picture, it has to strike a working relationship with more Opposition-ruled states as compared to, say, two years ago.
Taking a leaf out of its big-power diplomacy with US, India should target bipartisan support in neighbourhood. India should not become a contentious issue in the internal politics of its neighbours, the relationship should have a distinct institutional character Indian diplomacy should ensure bipartisan support for a healthy relationships.
In a recent interview to ET, Justice Bobde also said he was in favour of creating a national judicial service. GoI has been pushing this idea with the intent to create an all-India cadre of judicial officers from where bulk of future judges could be selected. The proposal has been gone into in considerable detail, including on ways to carry out an all-India test and selection.
Can the money raised from auctioning this land not be used for the military’s benefit? Back-of-the-envelope calculations suggest that up to Rs 25,000 crore can be raised from this effort. This is a healthy corpus, which could be invested in secure financial instruments, if possible.
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