Priyanka Singh

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  • Priyanka Singh is Associate Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile

    First Draft: Witness to the Making of Modern India by B.G. Verghese Westland, 2010, 573 pp., Rs. 695, ISBN 9-7893-8028-3760

    Verghese, B.G. has written several books in his multifaceted career, spanning over six decades. His latest work First Draft: Witness to the Making of Modern India is somewhat unique and is a summing up of his variegated experiences. It is a valuable addition to the body of work on India's modern ‘general history’ on which, according to the author, little work has been done (p. xii).

    September 2011

    Makers of Modern India by Ramchandra Guha

    Penguin Viking, New Delhi, 2010, Rs. 799, ISBN 9780670083855

    March 2011

    The United States in South Asia: An Unending Quest for Stability

    Seth G. Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2010, pp. 430, ISBN 978-0-393-33851-5 (paperback

    Forrest E. Morgan, C. Christine Fair, Keith Crane, Christopher S. Chivvis, Samir Puri, and Michael Spirtas, Can United States Secure an Insecure State , RAND Corporation, US, 2010, pp. 232, ISBN 978-0-8330-4807-3 (paperback)

    January 2011

    Chinese Activities in PoK: High Time for India to Put its Act Together

    A recent New York Times report that 11,000 soldiers of the Peoples’ Liberation Army have been stationed in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the PoK, carries important implications for India. For India to put forth its legitimate claim to the whole of Kashmir, the time is now or else, never.

    September 09, 2010

    Pakistan: The Beginning of the End?

    Mary Ann Weaver, Pakistan: Inside the World's Most Frightening Place , Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2010, pp. 292, $16.00, ISBN 978-0374532253

    Fatima Bhutto, Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir , Penguin Viking, India, 2010, pp. 470, Rs. 699, ISBN 9780670082803

    Ira Pande (ed.), The Great Divide: India and Pakistan , Harper Collins India, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 380, Rs. 495, ISBN 978-81-72238360

    September 2010

    End of Al Majid ‘Chemical’ Ali

    The execution of Chemical Ali might enliven the debate on chemical warfare. It should inspire the global community to revisit the threat from chemical weapons and renew cooperation to ensure chemical agents remain inaccessible to the non state actors like the al Qaeda and the Taliban. These militant groups are irresponsible and are forever looking for ways and means to induce maximum damage to innocent lives across the globe.

    Militant Training Camps in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir: An Existential Threat

    Investigations into Mumbai's 26/11 attack made startling revelations about the militant training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Mumbai perpetrators started from Baitul-Mujahideen in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the so-called ‘Azad Kashmir’, and headed for Mumbai via Karachi. They underwent specialized training in PoK for an extended period before the attack.

    May 2009

    Bhasha Dam: A Tomb Stone of Gilgit-Baltistan’s Aspirations

    This year Pakistan is facing an acute water shortage and the shortage during the current Rabi crop is estimated to be around 35 to 40 per cent, which will adversely affect the wheat output, critical for the country’s food security. Pakistan also faces an acute power shortage, which has exacerbated by the reduced outflow from Tarbela Dam. To tide over the problems, Pakistan is building Bhasha Dam on River Indus, which is the largest dam being built in Pakistan since Tarbela was completed in 1976. Continuous silting has reduced the storage capacity of Tarbela and Mangla dams considerably.

    January 31, 2009