Gautam Sen

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  • Gautam Sen is a retired IDAS officer who has served in senior positions at the Centre and in a north-east State Government.

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

    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).

    July 2014

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

    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.

    April 06, 2015

    Border tension between Bangladesh and Myanmar

    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.

    August 22, 2014

    India-Sri Lanka Fishermen Problem: Some Solutions

    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.

    June 18, 2014

    Sri Lankan Presidential Elections: India’s Stance

    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.

    December 15, 2014

    Sheikh Hasina’s Secular Political Approach

    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.

    January 23, 2015

    Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

    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.

    December 17, 2014

    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.

    Venezuela’s Political Chaos: Flailing President and Strong Generals

    The country is witnessing protests which are the biggest in over a decade and will only worsen unless a political accommodation is arrived at soon. The efficacy of multilateral institutions like the UNASUR, not subservient to US interests, is also on test.

    April 16, 2014

    Implications of India`s Services Voters

    India has had a healthy tradition of the armed forces personnel being apolitical while being allowed to exercise their democratic right of voting in the electoral process. While the state police and central police and para-military units have been in the front tier of security network during the elections, the armed forces have discharged a crucial auxiliary-cum-supportive role.

    April 09, 2014