Earlier this year, in the wake of the terrorist attacks by the ‘Indian Mujahideen’, Pragati had argued that war has already been declared on us, that it is necessary to recognise it for what it is, and prepare the nation to confront it. Unfortunately, even as the political class tied itself into knots while playing to its numerous partisan interests, India’s enemies planned and pulled off an attack that will have far-reaching consequences not just for us, but for the whole world. Even before these attacks, we had intended to focus the December 2008 issue on domestic aspects of counter-terrorism policy. So this issue covers both the geopolitical and internal security dimensions of India’s strategic response to terrorism.
In addition to this, you’ll find in this issue articles examining how India could make the most out of the India-US nuclear deal and the NSG waiver; taking stock of Bangladeshi politics as it prepares to return to representative government; and a review of two recent books on Pakistan since 2001.
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Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review
Issue 21 – December 2008
Retaliation, punishment, deterrence
The external and internal dimensions of India’s response
The elusive national counter-terrorism policy
A problem of political vision, federal structure & the nature of the threat
Ajit Kumar Doval?
Don’t blame the constitution
The central government is not impaired from acting against terrorism
India-US relations under the new administration
The problem is in Pakistan, not Kashmir
The “solve Kashmir to solve Afghanistan” is an old red herring
Sushant K Singh
Joining the nuclear renaissance
How it looks to a man from Mars
On using the final argument
Cultivating the diplomacy of violence
Harsh V Pant?
A quiet arrangement in the Middle East
Sushant K Singh?
Another restoration of democracy
Towards meaningful democracy or back to confrontational politics
State of the FATWAT
How Pakistan has fared as a Frontline Ally in The War Against Terror