Nuclear Deterrence

7th August – Nuclear Deterrence

Taking nuclear vulnerabilities seriously While Hiroshima and Nagasaki have been the last two cities to be destroyed by nuclear weapons, we cannot be sure that they will be the last. Since 1945, the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea have armed themselves with nuclear weapons …

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Nuclear Energy

5th August – Nuclear Energy

Whither nuclear energy? It has been exactly 15 years since the announcement of the historic US-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement. This high-profile deal signed in 2005 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush dominated Indian politics through the second half of the previous decade. But it has failed to provide rich dividends …

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3rd June – Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme

Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) On 30th April 2020, the Prime Minister held a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss ways to boost the Defence and Aerospace Sector. Within a fortnight of this important meeting, the Defence Minister launched the Defence Testing Infrastructure Scheme (DTIS) at an investment of Rs 400 crores. What is DTIS? …

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30th May – Moving beyond geopolitics

Moving beyond geopolitics Deeper issues arising due to the pandemic are slowly emerging as the world relaxes lockdown measures. Shift in geopolitics – Issues, especially those relating to the convergence of technologies such as biotechnology, genetic engineering and information technology, will have a long-term impact on geopolitics. National governments, policymakers, and healthcare researchers are using …

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Facial Recognition Technology

7th May – Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition is an invasive and inefficient tool The Automated Facial Recognition System (AFRS) recently proposed by the Ministry of Home Affairs is geared towards modernising the police force, identifying criminals, and enhancing information sharing between police units across the country. Details – The AFRS will use images from sources like CCTV cameras, newspapers, and …

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6th April – NPT

NPT @50 – The Genesis of a Flawed Bargain March 5, 2020 marked the 50th 50th anniversary of the entry-into-force of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), a legal instrument treated as the cornerstone of the global nuclear non-proliferation regime. About Non-Proliferation Treaty – NPT institutionalised the non-proliferation norm by delegitimising ‘proliferation’ …

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Indian Defence Exports

3rd April – Indian Defence Exports

Still no bullseye, in volume and value The emergence of evidence of a rise in Indian defence exports, also accompanied by a decline in imports, is a welcome development though the reasons for both are not identical. Details – Based on the latest estimates released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in the …

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Jal Shakti

31st March – Water management

Fighting coronavirus and saving water In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is an urgent need to understand the importance of water management in India. What is the relationship between the two? According to WHO, Covid-19 is “not robust”-it’s less stable in the environment and more susceptible to oxidants such as chlorine. Conventional, …

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Facial Recognition Technology

19th March – Facial Recognition Technology

Coming to terms with biometrics in policing Ever since the police became a formal organisation nearly 150 years ago, there is a global consensus that the police charter ought not to be restricted to a mere maintenance of peace in public places. It should focus equally on crime prevention and detection. It is in the …

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Data Protection Bill

17th March – Data Protection Bill

Data Protection Bill is vague and intrusive The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019 introduces significant new requirements and challenges for legal and compliance functions. This entails changes to the ways in which technologies are designed and managed, including focus on search, storage and security of data.  A gamut of cautions – The PDP framework …

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