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INS Kalvari commissioned into Indian Navy December 14। Prime Minister Modi ceremonially inducted the Scorpene class boat in Mumbai। Built by state-run MDL with French collaboration, Kalvari is the first submarine inducted after 2000। Modi described the Kalvari as a fine example of Make in India। Five more Kalvari Class submarines are to be commissioned over the next couple of years। India Celebrates Navy Day। India Strategic Salutes the Indian Navy। UAE decides to upgrade its fleet of Mirage 2009 combat jets। Boeing, Emirates announce commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 aircraft worth $15 billion। Russian Helicopters signs deal for undisclosed number of Mi-17 1A2 Helicopters to India’s Vectra Group। Terror attack in New York’s Lower Manhattan kills 8 injures at least 15। An Uzbek, the terrorist mowed cyclists and pedestrians with a hired pickup truck। He was shot and captured, and notes recovered him indicated loyatly to ISIS। He is 29, came to the US in 2010, and married an Uzbek woman there। India marks 85th Indian Air Force Day। Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says IAF working towards ‘Technology Intensive’ capability। For the first time, indigenous LCA Tejas takes part in IAF Day Flypast । IAF will issue RFI for 114 single engine combat aircraft within two weeks or so । RFI will go to Lockheed Martin for F 16 and Saab for Gripen for their latest variants । IAF aims to get 18 aircraft in 4-5 years, and 96 more in progressive manufacture from then onwards । Capability will be the first parametre for selecting the aircraft, and then the price । The selected aircraft will have more capabilities than those specified in the 2007 RfP for MMRCA ।
December 15, 2017
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Book Review: Where Borders Bleed

Published: November 2014
 
“ Where Borders Bleed” is a rare book about the tortured history of Pakistan and India. As a diplomat specialist on Pakistan and as a novelist, Ambassador Rajiv Dogra offers a unique perspective.

“Where Borders Bleed” asks questions. What was the need for Partition and why did violence take place on a scale that it did? Did partition resolve the issue that led to it?

The history thereafter overlaps and merges; one event into another, one antagonism into the next. From Kashmir war of 1947-48 to Indus waters, from 1965 war to Bangladesh liberation, from evil genius of Zulfiqar Bhutto to
nuclear quest of Pakistan, from Kargil to terror, from US-UK machinations to Chinese role — all these figure significantly.

It also punctures many myths of the conventional Indo-Pak narrative. Nehru, Lord Mountbatten, Jinnah, Zulfiqar
Ali Bhutto, Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh are all viewed from a new and critical perspective.

Rajiv Dogra’s tenure as India’s last Consul General in Karachi, access to unique archival material and his interaction over the years with leaders and personalities on both sides give it a privileged and unique view. And there are some particularly interesting vignettes about the leaders.

“Where Borders Bleed” speculates too; notably, what if the two countries were to reunite and merge, much like the East and West Germany. As the largest nation in the world India, rather than China, would have shaped the geo-political scenario. Would terror have affected the world in the way it has if India and Pakistan were a single entity? Would 9/11 and 26/11 have happened?

“Where Borders Bleed” is an unusual non-fiction written with the easy flow of fiction. With its authoritative
blend of anecdotes, history and objective analysis “Where Borders Bleed” is a spectacular New Year offering from Rupa.

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