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Shivananda H

Shivananda H. is Research Assistant at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi.

Reassessing India’s Disaster Management Preparedness and the Role of the Indian Armed Forces

In recent years, the intensity of the occurrence of natural disasters has increased manifold. Responding to this, the Government of India has undertaken various measures to mitigate the impact of disasters. Even so, the response of the civil authorities is often found inadequate and the armed forces are called out to assist the civil administration. The armed forces never fail to respond in a prompt manner, but without proper data on various local resources, skills, essential services and equipment.

China’s Pipelines in Myanmar

January 10, 2012

In order to meet its energy demands, China is constructing oil and gas pipelines in Myanmar, almost reaching to the seashores of Bay of Bengal.

Sino-Myanmar Military Cooperation and its Implications for India

China is emerging as the closest strategic partner of Myanmar. This has been advanced by politico-military assistance followed by economic and energy cooperation. Besides, Myanmar is becoming strategically significant for India for strengthening its economic links with South East Asia; for acquiring energy resources and from the security perspective. The Sino-Myanmar military cooperation which started with the negotiation of purchase of arms including jet fighters, armoured vehicles and naval vessels has gone much deeper.

Relocate the Security Forces to Lift Economic Blockade on NH-2

September 12, 2011

The government can redeploy a segment of the security forces at choke points along NH-2 to prevent the various tribal groups from imposing the blockade and keep the line of communications open.

Why Replace the Assam Rifles along the Indo-Myanmar Border?

July 29, 2011

Replacing the Assam Rifles with the BSF along the Indo-Myanmar will be a sub-optimal option to ensure security in the Northeast region.

Is India’s Transport Infrastructure Prepared for the Eastern Front?

June 15, 2011

It is imperative that the transport connectivity in the Northeast be strengthened by the establishment of railway networks in the hinterland, by the timely construction of roads that extend to the borders, and by expediting the construction of bridges.

Tamanthi Hydel Project: India’s Eastern Foothold

June 06, 2011

Building dams like the Tamanthi represent India’s attempt to enhance strategic ties with Myanmar, which is seen as India’s gateway to the ASEAN.

Arming the Unarmed

May 18, 2011

Given lack of training, combat exposure and expertise in use of weapons, SPOs are unlikely to be effective even in the defensive line of action.

Economic Potential of Northeast India: An Asset or Threat?

May 12, 2011

Although the causes of insurgency in the region have been primarily political, the ambiguity related to its economic potential has added fuel to the turmoil.

Nexus of Drug Trafficking and Militancy Exposed at New Delhi

April 13, 2011

Drug trafficking has become a major source of funding for armed groups in the north east and contributes to the continuance of militancy in the region.