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Gautam Sen

Gautam Sen is ex-Additional CGDA and had served in the High Commission of India in Colombo during 1988-1990. Presently he is serving as Adviser (Finance) to Government of Nagaland.

How Workable will Consultants be in the Existing Framework of the Ministry of External Affairs?

July 06, 2015
How Workable will Consultants be in the Existing Framework of the Ministry of External Affairs?

There are also grey areas to the extent that the professional and hierarchical relationship which the Consultants will have with regular IFS officers is yet to be clearly outlined.

Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

June 23, 2015
Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

Converting the Services` HQs as departments of the government within the scope of Allocation of Business Rules, with responsibility to Parliament for obtaining defence appropriations, may be in the long-term interests of the country.

Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb by Feroz Hassan Khan

July 2014

Feroz Hassan Khan’s credentials are high considering that he served with the Pakistan army for 32 years with his last assignment as director of arms control and disarmament affairs in the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), the secretariat of Pakistan’s National Command Authority (NCA). The book under review was not an easy venture, as the author observes: ‘new nuclear states such as India, Israel and Pakistan perforce keep their nuclear programmes opaque to avoid international non-proliferation pressures’ (p. ix).

Is the Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar a Step Towards Political Accommodation?

April 06, 2015
Is the Ceasefire Agreement in Myanmar a Step Towards Political Accommodation?

It may be an over-optimistic assessment to expect the present Thein Sein regime to achieve a substantive and comprehensive political accord in the run-up to the elections.

Border tension between Bangladesh and Myanmar

August 22, 2014
Border tension between Bangladesh and Myanmar

There are logical reasons for India to suitably intercede with both its neighours to facilitate an agreement on the border. A mediatory role by India may not be unwelcome by Bangladesh and Myanmar as both have friendly relations.

India-Sri Lanka Fishermen Problem: Some Solutions

June 18, 2014

New Delhi should work out an arrangement with the Rajapakse government wherein the rights of both the countries’ fishermen are protected within the respective territorial jurisdiction. If this is not done, the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils, which different governments of India have endeavoured to promote as part of a decided long-term policy, will be compromised.

Sri Lankan Presidential Elections: India’s Stance

December 15, 2014

It will be in India`s interest to adopt a neutral posture vis-à-vis the contestants in the January 2015 Sri Lankan Presidential elections.

Sheikh Hasina’s Secular Political Approach

January 23, 2015
Sheikh Hasina’s Secular Political Approach

Sheikh Hasina has to ensure that the writ of the Awami League central leadership runs throughout the country, and elements like the Chhatra League are not allowed to derail accommodative and secular policies.

Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

December 17, 2014
Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

The Centre must reiterate its commitment to uphold the Constitutional provisions enshrined in Article 371, expand the scope of the Sixth Schedule, and empower the autonomous council institutions in the North-East.

India’s Military Conflicts and Diplomacy: An Inside View of Decision-making, by General V.P. Malik, Noida: Harper Collins

The book is a good example of chorological tabulation through a method of historical narrative of events of significant strategic decision making in the military history of post-independent India. General V.P.

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