Category Archives: National Interest

INS Betwa accident: Is the Indian Navy a serious military force?

The toppling of INS Betwa, a Brahmaputra-class guided-missile frigate, puts a huge note of interrogation on the Indian Navy — a force on whose competency rests not only India’s maritime security, but aspirations to become a global power. The December 4 accident, which took place at the naval dockyard in Mumbai while undocking after undergoing… Read More »

Musings on free speech and possible limits

The second half of 2010 saw some great online debates, fights and rants on an individual’s right of expression and limits to it, much fuelled by Arundhati Roy’s controversial essay in Outlook on the Maoist insurgents followed by her even more controversial speech supporting Kashmir separatists that prompted some people to file a case of… Read More »

Time to do away with death penalty

Recently, the Supreme Court of India dismissed Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea that the life imprisonment awarded to Dara Singh for leading a mob that burned alive Australian Christian missionary Dr Graham Staines (58) and his two sons — Philip (10) and Timothy (6) — on January 22, 1999 by the Orissa high court… Read More »