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Pragati – December 2008 – They’ll have to pay for this

Pragati - Dec08 - Cover

The December 2008 issue of Pragati is now available. (2.5 MB PDF)

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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NB: Pragati and the Indian National Interest blogs outgrew their website hosting providers ability to support us. We are moving to a new service provider. Business as usual is expected to resume on 5th December.

Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review
Issue 21 – December 2008

Contents

PERSPECTIVE
Retaliation, punishment, deterrence
The external and internal dimensions of India’s response
Nitin Pai


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
Vivek Reddy

Anticipating Obama
India-US relations under the new administration
Dhruva Jaishankar


The problem is in Pakistan, not Kashmir
The “solve Kashmir to solve Afghanistan” is an old red herring
Sushant K Singh

IN DEPTH
Joining the nuclear renaissance
How it looks to a man from Mars
Dan Yurman

ROUNDUP
On using the final argument
Cultivating the diplomacy of violence
Harsh V Pant


Qatar compact
A quiet arrangement in the Middle East
Sushant K Singh


Another restoration of democracy
Towards meaningful democracy or back to confrontational politics
Plaban Mahmud


BOOKS
State of the FATWAT
How Pakistan has fared as a Frontline Ally in The War Against Terror
Salil Tripathi

Down but not out

Early on the morning of December 1st, 2008, our hosting provider BlueHost, informed us via email that they have suspended NationalInterest.in as it was causing them ‘performance problems’. We discussed this with their technical support who refused to re-activate the site as their system was being overloaded.

We do not think we are running anything unusual. We have also noticed that other users using BlueHost have encountered the same problem.

We are sorting this out, and expect to be up and running in a few days time. Many of you have written in with advice and offers to help. Thanks! It’s good to know we have your support. Also, since some of you have asked, there’s nothing untoward, as far as we know. It’s a technical problem, that’s all.