By Ali Mustafa *
On May 18, 1974, India conducted its nuclear test. It reaffirmed the international community’s fears that nuclear technology and materials provided for peaceful purposes can be used in nuclear weapons. In 1975, in order to curtail such gross misuse Canada, France, West Germany, Japan, Soviet Union, United States and United Kingdom got together and formed the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG). The purpose was to regulate the nuclear trade so further diversions like India’s don’t take place.
By Pallava Bagla *
This network has cost one billion dollars. It has been funded by 183 countries. And it has one agenda - to detect within minutes nuclear explosions that are conducted on land, air or even under the sea.
India has not signed up.
By A. Vinod Kumar*
For over two decades, a dominant section of western analysts harped on the volatilities of the India and Pakistan nuclear dyad, often overselling the ‘South Asia as a nuclear flashpoint’ axiom, and portending a potential nuclear flare-up in every major stand-off between the two countries. The turbulence in the sub-continent propelled such presages, with one crisis after another billowing towards serious confrontations, but eventually easing out on all occasions.
By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow; Institute for Conflict Management
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, in a ceremony held at the new National Defense University built to train Afghanistan's future military officers, announced on June 18, 2013, that his country's armed forces were taking over the lead for nationwide security from the United States (US)-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) coalition.
By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza *
President Karzai’s three-day official visit in May 2013 to India with a wish list of military equipments has reignited speculations regarding an increased Indian military assistance and presence in post-2014 Afghanistan. However, the lack lustre response in New Delhi belied such expectations. Official response to the 'list that grows longer each time Karzai visits India' did not go beyond the oft repeated semantics of India's long-term commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan.
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *
In his immediate statement when the news came about Gandhiji’s assassination, Jinnah had described him as “the greatest man produced by the Hindu community”
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s stand on peace and friendship between India and Pakistan has always impressed me. During his second stint as prime minister he met his Indian counterpart, Inder Kumar Gujral, at Male in May 1997, and both agreed to work for peace. Later, he and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee signed the Lahore Accord of February 21, 1999. What happened subsequently, we all know.
By Dr. Abdul Ahad *
Our leaders' understanding of Kashmir dispute is pitiable. So is that of the jobbing “historians” who leave no stone unturned to conjure up sensational narratives with a storyline too far-fetched? On the one hand our leaders believe that Sheikh Sahib was signatory to the “Instrument of Accession” and on the other the jobbing “historians” absolve him of all the blame in this episode of infamy that mutilated the independence of Kashmir; leading to its occupation by disparate forces, with enormously irreconcilable and ill-assorted racial, cultural and religious differences, and to collective humiliation and bondage of its hapless, poor people.
By Ravi Nitesh *
Attack and death of an Indian prisoner and alleged spy named Sarabjit Singh in a prison at Pakistan followed anger and dismay in India. Some people came out on streets to protest against Pakistan, large number of nationalist jingoism observed on social media, people started challenging once again the peace activists who talk about Indo-Pak Peace. Role of media was quite obvious, finding techniques to increase TRP and selling emotions over the national trauma.
By Devika Mittal *
In 1950s, China incorporated Tibet into its territory and since then, it has began a major reform of all aspects of Tibetan life - social, religious, political and economic. The Tibetans had organised an armed resistance but it could not challenge the Chinese army. As a result of this, thousands of Tibetans fled from Tibet and seek asylum in nearby countries like India, Nepal and Bhutan where they have created refugee or exile communities. But other forms of resistance had been continued and is still continued by Tibetans in Tibet and in exile.
By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate; Institute for Conflict Management
On June 10, 2013, at least 15 people were injured and many vehicles vandalised in Dhaka city during the nationwide hartal (general strike) enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS). JeI-ICS had called the strike in protest against the punishment meted out to three of its leaders in the War Crimes trials – absconding JeI lawmaker Hamidur Rahman Azad; JeI Acting Secretary General Rafiqul Islam Khan; and Assistant Secretary General Selim Uddin – by the International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on June 9, 2013, for contempt of court, after they spoke in disparaging terms of the trial process.
ICT-2 indicts Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan in absentia for their crimes during Liberation War in 1971: International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on June 24 indicted Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan in absentia for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. ICT-2 also fixed July 15 for starting opening statement in the case. On May 2, ICT-2, had issued arrest warrant against them after taking charges against them into cognizance.