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  • Ashish Meena asked: What is the importance of North Korea for India?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: It should be noted that despite all apparent international isolation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) or North Korea is a member in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Also, it has embassies and diplomatic missions in number of countries. Similarly, its capital Pyongyang has embassies and missions from several countries.

    China’s vulnerability, India’s opportunity

    India must jettison the attempt to maintain a balance between China and the US and instead take advantage of China’s internal and external vulnerabilities to gain an upper hand in the asymmetric power equation that has developed.

    August 27, 2018

    Examining the Feasibility and Affordability of Raising the Share of Defence Expenditure to Three Percent of GDP

    The Brief argues that MoD’s total allocations should be considered for any discussion on defence expenditure since the official defence expenditure does not capture all the expenses that the government incurs on national defence efforts.

    August 20, 2018

    India’s Quest for Recognition

    India’s quest for being recognized even as a regional power, let alone a global power, requires a balanced and simultaneous growth of its economic and military capabilities.

    July 25, 2018

    Averting India’s Fall into a Geopolitical Trap

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a foreign policy course-correction after realising that the strategic tilt towards the United States has not only grossly upset India’s geopolitical image but also undermined national interests.

    July 06, 2018

    India and the UAE: Progress towards ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership'

    The way forward for New Delhi is to seize the momentum and develop a strategic partnership with the UAE to safeguard its core national interests while avoiding regional entanglements.

    July 05, 2018

    Sandeep asked: What is the strategic importance of Lakshadweep?

    Abhay Kumar Singh replies: Lakshadweep are the northernmost islands among the Lakshadweep-Maldives-Chagos group. These islands are actually the tops of a vast undersea mountain (Chagos-Laccadive) Range in the Indian Ocean. Lakshadweep is an archipelago of 12 atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks, with a total of about 39 islands and islets. These islands lie 200 to 440 kms off the south west coast of India and are divided into three groups. The North and South group is separated by the 11 Degree North Parallel.

    Abhimanyu Redhu asked: What is the significance of the growing Chinese engagement with Afghanistan for India, given the fact that China is also an ally of Pakistan?

    Vishal Chandra replies: It is precisely due to China’s known proximity to Pakistan that its engagement with Afghanistan is considered as significant. Beijing’s increased diplomatic and political engagement with Kabul should be seen as a welcome development, particularly in terms of strengthening the position of the democratically-elected and UN-recognised national government in Afghanistan. Both India and China enjoy a very stable, robust and a dynamic bilateral relationship with Afghanistan.

    Aneri Ketan Shah asked: How many Indian defence personnel become disabled every year and what is the status of their rehabilitation?

    D.P.K. Pillay replies: The exact number depends on multiple variables and cannot be listed as an annual statistic. The numbers vary according to the deployment and operational activities that vary from year to year.