Will China's new military reforms endanger Xi Jinping's rule, asks Claude Arpi. IMAGE: People's Liberation Army soldiers march in Beijing. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters China has undertaken mega military reforms leaving no doubt that it is arming itself. On December 28, the PLA Daily announced that the People's Liberation Army Navy had just commissioned three new vessels, including a Dongdiao-class auxiliary general intelligence ship named Neptune, to bolster China's intelligence ... Rediff.com, 1 day ago
Claude Arpi In December 2010, when former French President Nicolas Sarkozy came to India; after the ritual signatures of agreements at Hyderabad House, while travelling in the bus taking us back to the Press room, a Press councellor to the President was ...State Times, 5 days ago What will India serve Hollande on R-Day? Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Honorary Captain Bana Singh won the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest ranking gallantry award, for recapturing a Pakistani post on the Siachen Glacier.Living a retired life in a quiet village in Jammu and Kashmir, he makes you feel that his act of phenomenal courage was part of a soldier's day at work.Words: Archana Masih/Rediff.com. Images: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com IMAGE: Honorary Captain Bana Singh, Param Vir Chakra, outside his modest village home in Kadyal. Photograph: Rajesh ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
'The Congress, all these decades, worked on a slow Hindi-isation and Indianisation of Arunachal tribes. The RSS wants rapid Hinduisation,' says Shekhar Gupta. IMAGE: Menchuka, the last village in Arunachal Pradesh, before the McMahon Line, which divides India and China. Photograph: Claude Arpi There is a Nehru-in-NEFA (later Arunachal) story I cannot confirm referring to any recorded history, but if you spend time in the Northeast, you'd hear it often enough from old-timers. In October 1952, ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
IMAGE: A 'living Buddha' of the Lamaozhou temple debates ethnic Tibetan monks inside the Lamaozhou temple in the Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai province, northwest China. Photograph: Reuters Communist China has recently developed a great expertise in 'soul reincarnation', says Claude Arpi Communist China has recently developed a great expertise in 'soul reincarnation'. The reason why the atheist Chinese Communist Party looked into the issue is that 'living Buddhas, as Beijing ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
'Why assail the Tibetan leader at a time when many in China realise that the Buddhist monk is the best bet if Beijing is seriously trying to find a solution to the Tibetan issue?' asks Claude Arpi. China has found a new definition for 'corruption.' In an article posted on the Web site of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, -- the CCDI is responsible for the anti-corruption campaign -- Chen Quanguo, Tibet's Communist party secretary, made a strange declaration. 'Tibet's lack of ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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