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  • Need to effectively manage the India-Nepal Border

    Transforming the India-Nepal border from an ‘open border’ to a ‘closed border’ would severely damage the traditional socio-cultural and economic ties. It would be prudent to keep the border open but manage it more effectively through mutual cooperation.

    September 19, 2013

    Arrest of Yasin Bhatkal: An Analysis

    The arrest of Bhatkal, head of the Indian Mujahideen, highlights the measures taken by security agencies including improved coordination in different states to apprehend a number of terrorists in the last few years.

    September 02, 2013

    The Maoist Threat

    As a nation, we have a tendency to react once a crisis overtakes us. This holds good in the case of natural disasters like the annual floods in the North-East, earthquakes, the tsunami, the most recent calamity in Uttarkhand or national security threats like Kargil, 26/11 in Mumbai, and the Chinese intrusion in Eastern Ladakh in April 2013. To this list can be added the chimera of Maoism or Left-wing Extremism (LWE).

    July 2013

    Meeting the Maoist Challenge

    A well-deliberated and finely calibrated response strategy with matching operational doctrines is essential to deal with the Maoist challenge.

    June 03, 2013

    India abstains and exposes the Arms Trade Treaty

    By abstaining from voting on the global arms trade treaty, India has exposed the treaty’s loopholes in not addressing concerns about illegal transfer of arms to terrorist organisations, insurgents groups and other non-state actors.

    April 08, 2013

    Sarabjit Singh asked: Can NCTC control terrorism in India?

    Reply: Refer to following IDSA publications:

    V. Mahalingam, “Countering Terrorism: The Way Forward”, IDSA Web Comment, March 3, 2013.

    Ellie B. Hearne, “Re-examining India's Counterterrorism Approach: Adopting a Long View”, Strategic Analysis, 36 (4), July 2012.

    Gurmeet Kanwal, “India’s Counter Terrorism Policies are Mired in Systemic Weaknesses”, IDSA Web Comment, May 14, 2012.

    The Need for a Strategic Response to Insurgency and Terrorism”, Issue Brief, Internal Security Cluster, November 26, 2010.

    Arvind Gupta, “Learning from the American Experience in Counter Terrorism”, IDSA Web Comment, January 30, 2009.

    Pushpita Das, “National Investigation Agency: A Good Start but not a Panacea”, IDSA Web Comment, January 12, 2009.

    Also, refer to an earlier response of Vivek Chadha on a similar issue, at

    Countering Terrorism: The Way Forward

    A National Counter Terrorism Head needs to be established with the single point authority for all CT activity and with authorization to muster all resources within the country. The authority vested in him will be matched by his accountability to every terrorist strike.

    March 03, 2013

    Countering Urban Terrorism in India

    The key to success in fighting urban terrorism lies in obtaining accurate intelligence about impending attacks and the neutralisation of the terrorists before they can launch their planned attacks.

    February 22, 2013

    Armed Forces Special Powers Act: The Debate

    Armed Forces Special Powers Act: The Debate

    The debate over the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), has been raging within affected states, armed forces, central and state police organisations, human rights groups, legal fraternity and the central leadership. There have been different views and opinions voiced based on strongly held beliefs. This monograph attempts to present some of these diverse views, with the aim of capturing the ongoing debate.


    Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight Against Terrorism

    Return from the Precipice: Bangladesh’s Fight Against Terrorism
    • Publisher: Pentagon Security International

    The image of Bangladesh of being a ‘moderate Muslim country’ was tarnished at the turn of the 20th century. The country known for its Sufi Islam was witnessing a spurt of Islamic radicalism. While delineating the threat posed by Islamic radicalism to Bangladeshi politics and by Indian insurgent groups to Northeast India, the book also focuses on their sources of finance. This book marks an advance over other works on the same topic as it discusses the actions taken by the Sheikh Hasina led Awami League government to counter terrorism.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-697-8,
    • Price: ₹. 595/-
    • E-copy available