Author: Himangshu Guhathakurta

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India’s internal security threats – Part II

Fake Currency racketeering In the year 2011, a container ship started from Dubai and docked itself in the Mumbai harbour. Each container held around Each container held around ₹ 1000 crores fake Indian currency bills of ₹ 500 and ₹ 1000 bills. The ship had hundred such containers. Some private agency transported those shipment to all over the country to some pre-designated people who in turn re-distributed the cash to numerous persons. These counterfeit notes were largely intended to get mixed into Indian financial system to break India’s economical progress. Large amount of these counterfeit notes was given to people...

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What are India’s Internal Security Threats – Part I

Everybody knows and acknowledge the fact that both our neighboring countries pose a serious threat to India’s national security. The CoAS on multiple occasions re-iterated that the Indian Armed Forces are ready to face the two-front war, if the situation so warrants. What many of us fail to understand is that the biggest threat to national security does not arise from over the borders but from within our geographical boundaries. This internal threat is perhaps the biggest challenge which the Indian Union is facing in recent times. Urban Naxals When India gained independence, Pt. Nehru assumes the seat of the...

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Will there be a limited war between India and China?

The four thousand kilometers long ‘Line of Actual Control’ or famously termed as LAC between India and China post the war of 1962 is witness to border skirmishes for long. It is all the more evident in the areas of UT of Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh (which China refers to as South Tibet). In the past, whenever a Chinese incursion happens, the Indian Armed Forces were asked to back off from their position under orders from Indian government of the times. But no more. China was longing to challenge the gut of the incumbent Indian government. When the Modi government...

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Sino-India Standoff. Can India rely upon the United States as its’ ally?

The deterioration in China’s relations with the United States and India have not entirely uncoincidentally been accompanied by the growing ties between the latter. Nevertheless, as India looks down through the barrel of a military confrontation with China, as a consequence of the China’s aggression in Ladakh, there has been some scepticism in the country about the military support that it can bank upon from the US of A. This fear is essentially based on the legacy of long standing suspicions about the USA letting down friends and fears that a change in US Administration would drastically alter the current...

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Andaman islands got its’ first high-speed data link. Why is developed Andaman and Nicobar islands important to India?

According to official data, Internet with speed of 400 gigabyte (GB) per second will be provided at Port Blair and for other islands it will be 200 GB per second. It would provide fifth-generation (5G) connectivity, the latest in cellular wireless technology, to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Archipelago. With a population of around four hundred thousands and an area roughly 8250 kilometer square, why the government of India invested 1200 br rupees in laying 5G lines in the islands? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andaman_and_Nicobar_Islands To answer this question, lets look at the geographical location of the island chain. Andaman and...

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Has a Cold War already started between the United States and Peoples Republic of China?

The rift between the United States and China threatens to become a chasm. Barely a day passes without some tit-for-tat exchange of barbs, accusations, or actions designed to make life difficult for the other country or to trumpet the superiority of their respective political systems. The United States of America has castigated China for the forced sterilization of Uyghur women; lobbied Europe to ban Chinese security screening firm Nuctech; imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials held responsible for Hong Kong’s new national security law; literally on the verge of banning Chinese apps like Tictok and placed 90-day limits on work...

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Is China trying to ignore the change in Sino-India relationship post Galwan clash?

On 30 July 2020, the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong delivered an important speech at the Delhi based Institute for Chinese Studies in which he spoke about the current state of Sino Indian relations and its’ effect in future after the Galwan incident on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in which 20 Indian soldiers and an unconfirmed number of Chinese soldiers died during a brutal confrontation among them. The speech came at a time when both sides are engaged in talks on de-escalation and disengagement from the no-mans-land areas. The progress in restoring the status quo ante is...

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An year post abrogation of Article 370 (and 35A). What India has achieved?

It has been one year since the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution which conferred a special status to the erstwhile status of Jammu & Kashmir within the Union of India. It seems that the annulling of the Article 370 is a fate accompli not only because the SupremeCourt of India (where the revocation has been challenged) is quite unlikely to revoke the decision but essentially because of the political, strategic and diplomatic equations involved. And elaboration on these factors will certainly provide an answer to the question about what the Indian government has achieved one...