‘US Should Help Build Indian Navy to Force China Back Down’

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A former Republican senator has suggested that the US strengthen the Indian Navy by outfitting it with nuclear weapons to send a “devastating” message to China and force it to back down from its “antagonistic stance” in the Asia-Pacific region.

Larry Pressler, who represented South Dakota in the Senate from 1979-96, recommended building the Indian Navy’s nuclear capability in his new book: ‘Neighbours in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent’.

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Committed to Non-discriminatory, Verifiable Nuclear Disarmament

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India said it was committed to non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament, nearly a week after it along with some other nuclear powers like the US, China and Pakistan boycotted the negotiations on a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons in New York.

India believes that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in no way constitutes or contributes to the development of any customary international law, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

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Warnings of a ‘Chance of War’ Between India and China

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As Nuclear Rivals Face Off

By Benedict Brook

ASK most people to name a current crisis between nuclear armed states and North Korea and the US’ rapidly worsening relations would come to mind.

But there’s another skirmish happening between two nuclear nations and both have far more fully functioning missiles, poised and ready to fire, than Kim Jong-un could even dream off.

Ten thousand feet above sea level, in the sub zero cold of the Himalayas, things could be about to turn hot.

Since mid-June, Chinese and Indian soldiers have lined up “eyeball to eyeball” on the remote Doklam plateau. In recent days, more troops have been sent to the frontline.

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UN Adopts Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons; India Skips Talks

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Over 120 countries have voted in the UN to adopt the first-ever global treaty to ban nuclear weapons, even as India and other nuclear powers including the US, China and Pakistan boycotted the negotiations for the legally binding instrument to prohibit atomic weapons.

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India Adds 10 More Nuclear Warheads to its Arsenal

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Develops tech for strike-back: SIPRI report

By FP Staff

Though not a leader in terms of total number of nuclear warheads, falling behind Pakistan and China, India has continued on its efforts to increase its arsenal of nuclear weapons while continuously upgrading technology for an assured strike-back, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its annual report.

According to the report, India is believed to have added nearly 10 more nuclear warheads to its arsenal, which was estimated at 110-120 in 2016.

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China’s Stance on NSG Membership Shows the

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Extent of India’s Challenge in the Global Nuclear Order

By Kate Sullivan de Estrada and Nicola Leveringhaus

India’s challenge to China is about nuclear status – the relationship that each country has to the key institutions and central players of the global non-proliferation order.

China’s opposition to India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) was again on display at the grouping’s twenty-seventh Plenary Meeting in the Swiss city of Berne this weekend. What is most striking about India’s NSG membership saga is not New Delhi’s persistent failure to make headway on one of the current government’s central foreign policy priorities, but the extent and durability of China’s uneasiness at allowing India a seat at the table.

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India Voices Concern at UN Over Tterrorists Access to Weapons

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By Yoshita Singh

India voiced deep concern over the possibility of collusion that leads to proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist networks and non- state actors, calling for an early conclusion of negotiations on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism to deal with the menace.

"Preventing access to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and their means of delivery to non-state actors is a continuing concern, especially as terrorist groups and non- state actors strike ever deeper roots and exploit different avenues to strike terror," Indias Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Tanmaya Lal said here.

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Terrorism Hinders Hailing Modi's Israel Visit Climaxing 25 Years

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By Shastri Ramachandaran

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-day visit to Israel from July 4 to 6, the first ever by an Indian Prime Minister, is a historic departure with ramifications that may have been missed in the euphoric aftermath of the moment.

This was also the first time that a high-level Indian dignitary visiting Israel did not travel to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority. Usually, visiting dignitaries are at pains to emphasise, at least, optical equality between Israel and Palestine, and make it a point to visit Ramallah. This act of omission – or is it commission? -- alone, it is observed, takes India-Israel relations to a new level.

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India at 70 – I: Responding First as a Leading Power

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By Constantino Xavier

India celebrated 70 years of Independence from British colonial rule on August 15, 2017. This is the first in a series of three sponsored articles on India at 70. Constantino Xavier is a fellow at Carnegie India, based in New Delhi. His research focus is on India’s foreign policy, with emphasis on relations with its neighboring countries and South Asian regional security. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . – The Edtor

NEW DELHI (IDN-INPS) - The emerging concept of India as a “first responder” reflects the country’s growing capability and increasing willingness to assume the role of a leading power. By contributing its resources to prevent or mitigate regional and international crises, India is demonstrating its commitment as a responsible actor in the international order.

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India at 70 – II: The Paradigm for Citizen Friendly E-Governance

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By R S Sharma

India celebrated 70 years of Independence from British colonial rule on August 15, 2017. This is the second in a series of three sponsored articles on India at 70. R. S. Sharma is Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). - The Editor

Building trust between governments and citizens is fundamental to good governance. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been recognized as an essential tool for achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by United Nations for the welfare of mankind. It is globally recognized that ICT promotes good governance.

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India at 70 – III: From Aryabhata to Mangalyaan in Quest for Outer Space

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By Pallava Bagla

India celebrated 70 years of Independence from British colonial rule on August 15, 2017. This is the third in a series of three sponsored articles on India at 70. Pallava Bagla is an eminent Indian science journalist and author of book `Reaching for the Stars: India’s Journey to Mars and Beyond’ published by Bloomsbury. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . - The Editor

India has a rich tradition of using outer space as a tool for national development. The poorest of the poor have always been the beneficiaries of India’s space technologies, from farmers to fisher folk Indian satellites touch the lives of almost the entire 1.3 billion population.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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