‘This is A Real Emergency’
Chilling artifacts from when Canada prepared for nuclear annihilation
By Tristin Hopper - National Post
Nuclear threats once again seem to be in vogue. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is threatening to test a ICBM that would allow him to send atomic weapons to the U.S. mainland. Just before Christmas, U.S. president-elect Donald Trump seemed to be calling for a renewed nuclear arms race with Russia.
And just after Christmas, a fake news story prompted Pakistan’s defence minister to take to Twitter to threaten nuclear war with Israel.
But we’re still far from the hair-trigger madness of the Cold War, when the slightest misstep threatened to ignite nuclear armageddon between NATO and the Soviet Union.
Under Rajiv Gandhi, India Was Ready With H-Bomb
to Counter Pakistan’s Nukes
By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury
India under Rajiv Gandhi made preparations in 1985 to test a hydrogen bomb in response to Pakistan’s nuclear programmes, recently released US documents showed. Concerned about the possibility of a nuclear arms race in South Asia, the Ronald Reagan administration wanted to send an emissary to mediate between the two neighbours and help ease tensions.
About 930,000 declassified documents, running into more than 12 million pages and recently posted online by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), provide interesting insights into India’s nuclear weapons capabilities during the 1980s and Delhi's increasing concerns over Pakistan's nuclear programme at the time.
Republic Day, Sovereignty And The Youth
By Dr Prem Singh *
The Constitution of India was adopted on 26th Jan 1950 and we entered the world stage as a sovereign republic. Ever since 26 January is celebrated as the Republic Day, a celebration of our sovereignty. Vibrant tableaus of various states and departments are part of the parade. But predominantly it is a celebration of the display of military prowess. On careful observation you will find that after the adoption of the new economic policies in 1991—that is after the ruling classes compromised the economic sovereignty of the nation—the celebration of Republic Day has become more and more extravagant. During the past three decades, as political sovereignty got compromised along with economic sovereignty, the celebratory extravaganza of Republic Day on Rajpath reached its zenith.
Indian Constitution Unriddled : Search For Sources
By Dr KS Sharma
Indian Constitution Unriddled apparently is a curious title. But then, why did the authors choose this title?It can be said without fear of contradiction that the Constitution of India is a bundle of riddles, though it can also be argued that there are quite a number of contradictions in this voluminous document. The questions that concerned the authors are :If the Constitution of India is a bundle of riddles, what are these riddles? How can these riddles be resolved and what method would help to find the solution to these riddles? etc. When answers to the first question- what are these riddles? – are sought, those that strike uppermost are the following riddles.
How much Indian is the Indian Constitution? Or is it Indian at all? Then, the question about the Preamble, “We the people of India”. Who are these ‘People of India’, who framed the Constitution? Were they the “real people of India?” Can we attribute the Sovereignty to “the People of India”? If not, why not? After that, did we really become independent on 15th August 1947, and a Sovereign Democratic Republic, on 26th January 1950?
2016: 122 Journalists Killed Globally, 5 in India
As many as 122 journalists and media professionals were killed in 2016 globally, 93 of them in targeted killings and others in natural disasters and accidents, while India witnessed death of five scribes and was eighth on a list topped by Iraq, according to a new report.
The targeted killings, including murders, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents, span 23 countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East and Arab World regions, said International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in its annual report released Friday.
“Babu Hatao, Fauji Bachao”: Trifling With The Fauj And...
By Maj. General S G Vombatkere
Civil-military relations are today at an all-time low and although the decades-long continuity of the bureaucratic hand is obvious in the current NDA-2 dispensation, there is also evidence of the political leadership humiliating the military. Let us begin with CBI’s arrest of Air Chief Marshal S.P.Tyagi, India’s former air chief, in connection with the Agusta Westland helicopter purchase deal. It raises some questions not only about the functioning of the political leadership and the bureaucrat-police network, but also about hidden motivations and unintended compromise of national security due to its effect on the morale of India’s military.
Canada’s New Foreign Policy
Trudeau Strengthens His Hard Line against Russia?
Is Freeland's Appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs aimed at Putin, or at Trump?
By Jim Miles
The CBC today (Tuesday, January 10, 2016) presented the news concerning Chrystia Freeland’s new appointment as Foreign Affairs Minister for Canada’s Trudeau government, noting mainly that she was on the sanctions list from Russia. The announcer also noted that she is of Ukrainian background and is very opposed to Russia’s supposed actions in Ukraine.
Changes to the Ministry: Prime Minister's Statement
News from Prime Minister's website
On January 10, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on changes to the Ministry:
Chrystia Freeland, currently Minister of International Trade, becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs, and retains the Canada-U.S. relations file, including trade relations.
Taira: The Young Debator
By A Correspondent
Taira Mehta is a Grade 7 student at The York School in Toronto. A debate enthusiast, she along with her partner Pheobe K Rotman won the third prize at her very first debating event on February 4 at the Sterling Hall Kaufman Cup Tournament and shared her experience with one of our correspondents.
The York School's debating team was also awarded the overall 3rd position among all the schools that participated.
Call to Spend $200 Million to Save Canadian Journalism
By Susan Delacourt
Days after Canada’s largest newspaper chain announced a fresh round of layoffs, the federal government is being handed a dozen options today to help fix the ailing news media business in Canada — ranging from taking digital ads off the CBC to injecting funds into local, indigenous and investigative journalism.
The recommendations come in a new report from the Public Policy Forum, tasked by the government to look into concrete measures to stem the sharp decline of the journalism industry.