Sabotaging the Parliament and Nuclear Suppliers’ Liability

Vahanavati is not a government pleader appointed to fight a government case. He is supposed to give his legal opinion to the government on what the law is supposed to be, not what the government … Read more

Bogey of Chemical Weapons in Syria

The world seems to be moving on two different tracks on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Almost the only narrative in the US is did Assad regime use chemical weapons, but what should … Read more

FDI in Defence: Wrong Diagnosis, Wrong Remedy

Among the slew of liberalized norms for FDI announced by the government a fortnight ago was a much anticipated relaxation in norms for FDI in defence industries. The prevailing cap on FDI stood at 26% … Read more

From Self-reliance to Reliance Is the Govt’s New Motto

DOUBLING OF GAS PRICE   THE Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has decided that from March 2014, the price of gas will double – it will rise from $4.2 per MMBTU to $8.40! This … Read more

Arms Trade Treaty — Towards What End?

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } Earlier this week, the UN made history by adopting the first ever global Treaty to regulate trade in conventional armaments. The Treaty, among other measures, seeks to prevent and eradicate … Read more

Wanted: White Paper on Defence Production

India’s serial imports in military hardware continue unabated, with a string of acquisitions being approved and announced recently. There is regular fine-tuning of the Defence Procurement Policy, mostly at the behest of and oriented towards … Read more

Drones: Changing the Boundaries of War

TWO successive UN special rapporteurs on extrajudicial killings, summary or arbitrary executions, have said that use of drones by the US for targeted killings violates international law. Christof Heyns, the current UN special rapporteur said … Read more

Rafale selected… now consolidation

The much awaited announcement of the winner in India’s medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) acquisition was finally made a fortnight ago, with the Rafale fighter from Dassault Aviation of France taking away the coveted deal. … Read more

India Buys More US Weaponry

When India rejected the two US contenders for its prestigious and much awaited $10 billion order for medium multi-role combat aircraft, many in the US raised shrill protests that India was not living up to … Read more

A Toothless Nuclear Safety Authority

Last September, the UPA Government introduced the Nuclear Regulatory Authority Bill in the Lok Sabha and is currently before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology. The provisions in the Bill are such that … Read more

US-Saudi-UAE Arms Deals: Strengthening US Security Net in the Gulf

Records, they say, are meant to be beaten. Those who had characterized India’s acquisition of 126 combat aircraft for around $10 billion, billed as the largest ever single military purchase, as the “mother of all … Read more

Nuclear Liability Act & its Rules: The Tail Wagging the Dog

THE Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Rules notified on November 11, 2011 does what the US government has been demanding of India – completely dilute the liability of the nuclear suppliers. This is in complete … Read more