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January 2010

Can India become a superpower?

Among the numerous viewpoints regarding India’s potential to make it to the big league, one of the most important opinions held by many analysts is that India has even failed to decisively counter the challenge of terrorism directed towards it from its neighbour, which is one-eighth its size.

Experts opine that the defeat and humiliation at the hands of the Chinese in 1962 has been largely overlooked in the planning of future strategies. According to them, there is a lot of hype about India’s emergence as a great power. But as we take credit for limited successes against a small adversary, there is little or no public knowledge of a well laid out doctrine regarding future engagement with a superior power like China.

Karnataka Lok Ayukta Report on illegal mining

The facts narrated in the report were so damning in nature that the government is reluctant to make the report public. Despite public lamentation by the Karnataka Governor and the Lok Ayukta, there is complete lack of action on the part of the state government to address the issues raised in the report.

It is not even ready to share the report and the action-taken report (ATR) with the Central Bureau of Investigation team (CBI), which is probing the illegal mining of iron ore in Andhra Pradesh. The UPA Government has ordered the probe on the request of the Andhra Pradesh Government.

Ansari wants parliamentary oversight for intel agencies

Vice President Hamid Ansari has pushed for a parliamentary oversight committee to monitor the activities of the intelligence agencies, something which previous Canary Trap posts have strongly advocated for.

While delivering the late R N Kao memorial lecture on January 19, Vice President Ansari highlighted the case of “faulty intelligence” on weapons of mass destruction before the Iraqi invasion in 2003 and asked “How shall a democracy insure its secret intelligence apparatus becomes neither a vehicle for conspiracy nor a suppressor of the traditional liberties of democratic self-government?”

US-Japan security pact turns 50

The United States of America and Japan today marked 50 years of the signing of the Mutual Assistance Treaty between the two nations. The treaty was signed in Washington DC on January 19, 1960 by then Japanese Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke.

Japan’s new government has recently ordered a panel of ministers and academicians to investigate the secret security agreements between Japan and the US. The secret agreements, which were not the part of the official security pact, allowed US nuclear vessels to enter Japan.

Nixon administration’s battle against ‘The Washington Post’

India is not the only country where the media houses are targeted for their investigative reporting. The recently declassified documents from the Nixon Presidential Archives reveal that the Nixon administration threatened The Washington Post for its reporting against President Richard Nixon.

A Nixon aide told the investment bank of The Post that a complete change of management at the newspaper was the only solution to ending its war with the US administration.

Who leaked classified US info on Indo-Pak War in 1971?

Jack Anderson, an American investigative journalist, first reported about the US tilt towards Pakistan under secret orders from then President Richard Nixon. Anderson got the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1972 for his reports on US’ tilt away from India.

The United States administration had ordered a high-level inquiry into the special reports by Anderson in The Washington Post on December 14 and December 16, 1971.

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