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GSLV success: A major technology boost
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
07 January 2014
From a strategic perspective, the successful launch of the GSLV means India is self-reliant in the area of satellite launching, including heavier satellites. This also means that India will not have to depend on foreign agencies to carry their heavier payloads.
 
India's GSLV launch: A major milestone for ISRO
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
04 January 2014
India's GSLV launch is significant both from the commercial and strategic perspectives. In addition to the large number of domestic satellites ready to be launched using the heavier launch vehicle, a successful launch will also mean India's ability to cash in on the large lucrative foreign satellite launch market.
 
Why such a hue and cry over Yasukuni Shrine visits?
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
31 December 2013
While the visits by political leaders to the Yasukuni Shrine potentially exacerbate regional tensions, it is the right of every country to honour those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. All countries have war memorials where they honour such sacrifices. The Yasukuni Shrine should not be seen as an exception.
 
Will the aircraft carriers be the game changers?
P K Ghosh
02 December 2013
New aircraft carrier Vikramaditya will undoubtedly have a major role to play as force multipliers and strategic game changers in the region, but as a ship without even the basic defences against air borne threats, it will be extremely vulnerable, obviating its usage to its potential to the maximum.
 
East China Sea: Disputed islands to disputed airspace
Darshana M. Baruah
29 November 2013
The recent developments in East China Sea carry a high risk of confrontation and miscalculation in the already volatile region. Beijing's unilateral move to extend its authority and control in the region runs against its policy to change its image amongst its neighbours.
 
Admiral Gorshkov to INS Vikramaditya
Nandan Unnikrishnan
19 November 2013
While the state of defence cooperation between India and Russia could be described as "healthy and robust", there are some underwater reefs the two sides should carefully steer past.
 
Cyber debate in India: Finding a middle way
Samir Saran & Abhijit lyer-Mitra
14 November 2013
The India Conference on Cyber Governance and Cyber Security, organised recently by ORF and FICCI, is the beginning of a strong forum that can debate India's policies, help mould its strategy and simultaneously address global challenges.
 
EU's new Space Code: A significant improvement
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
12 November 2013
The new draft of the EU-initiated International Code of Conduct for Outer Space is a significant step forward. The language has been tightened to make it more precise. The document is particularly mindful of the interests of emerging space actors and instituting measures for greater international cooperation. There have also been several practical measures suggested for more transparency.
 
Mangalyaan mission plays vital role in India's development plans
Rajeswari Rajagopala​n
11 November 2013
Today, world powers are debating a regime to regulate outer space activities. India cannot let itself be left out of any space regime as happened over nuclear weapons. In order to be heard in the discussions of any new rule-making effort, India needs to demonstrate its capabilities in space research and technology, something that the Mangalyaan amply did.
 
India's race to Mars goes way beyond science
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
06 November 2013
Though India is yet to demonstrate anti-satellite test capability, as China did in January 2007, the scientific establishment has made it amply clear that they have the technological blocks ready should there be a political decision to do so.
 
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