Monthly Archives: May 2012

Lavoy and Indian Tanks in Afghanistan?

Heard the other day from Rahul Bedi of Janes’s and, following up on my blogging re: Lavoy, said he had heard from his MoD army sources that Lavoy, during his trip here last week, had urged India to dispatch Indian … Continue reading

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Mission Taliban

There are some immutable laws of military history that repeated attempts at disproving them only end up confirming their veracity. One such law has to do with certain countries being simply intolerant of interventions by foreign powers. Vietnam and Afghanistan … Continue reading

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More strange, Lavoy

Peter Lavoy, leading a Pentagon team to convince India to up its stake in Afghanistan, acted strange. May be he wears his intel background too seriously on his sleeve. In the dinner table conversation, I brought up the matter of Lt Gen Ausaf … Continue reading

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Lavoy — Nukes in S Asia; India in Afghanistan, please!

A Pentagon team headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy is in town. At a dinner hosted last night by the newly credentialed US Ambassador Nancy Powell, Lavoy rvealed that his team was in Delhi to plead … Continue reading

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India, an example?

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Constitution last Sunday, speaker after opposition speaker pointed out that while democratic norms have been tenuously maintained, the promise of social and economic equity is nowhere near being achieved for the … Continue reading

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India-US trade, Iran

People may wish to see what was said on a panel disccussion on NDTV Profit channel earlier this week. We Mean Business: Outsourcing backlash hurts India-US trade http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/we-mean-business/we-mean-business-outsourcing-backlash-hurts-india-us-trade/231760

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Brothers-in-arms

Bharat Karnad The test-firing of the Agni-V intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) on April 19 was greeted with a heartening absence of official bluster in Pakistan. The matter-of-fact counter-launch a few days later of a medium-range Pakistani Hatf missile likewise … Continue reading

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