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PM Modi Likely to Maintain Continuity in National Security Leadership for Third Term

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PM Modi Likely to Maintain Continuity in National Security Leadership for Third Term

It is anticipated that, in his third term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will opt for continuity in the leadership of the nation’s security apparatus by retaining his position on the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). On June 13, Modi is expected to travel with Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, to the G-7 meeting in Italy. We are expecting orders to proceed from the NSA and Principal Secretary to the PM, Dr. P. K. Mishra. The time has come to choose Tapan Deka, the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, who has done a fantastic job in providing internal intelligence against Islamists and Maoists in the nation, even if PM Modi would have to make a decision regarding the next Army chief. June 30 is when Deka, a leading authority on counterterrorism, is supposed to finish his two-year assignment.

The PM can choose to appoint Lt General Upendra Dwivedi, the senior most Army Commander, who has served as Northern Army Commander for two years and has first-hand knowledge of Indian adversaries to the north and west, as Army Chief Gen. Manoj Pande is set to reach superannuation on June 30th after a stellar innings. In addition, General Dwivedi has firsthand knowledge of the cross-border terrorism that occurs in the Rajouri-Poonch area; the most recent event, the firing in Reasi, claimed the lives of ten Hindu pilgrims. It is not expected that extreme steps will be taken to control a ship the size of the Indian Army, even though the PM and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh have other options.

India will need to increase its domain awareness in relation to China and Pakistan in addition to self-proclaimed adversaries like Canada, the UK, Germany, and Turkey if it is to become a global force in Modi 3.0. In other words, India needs to strengthen its own resources in order to be competitive and cannot rely on pooled external intelligence. It is imperative to properly counteract the role played by the Chinese, Western, and Pakistani media during the 2024 election campaign against Prime Minister Modi, in the same way that anti-India forces must be neutralized. PM Modi already has firsthand knowledge of what to anticipate from the western media during his third term, having conducted no fewer than 83 interviews with them in the lead-up to the 2024 elections.

But China’s PLA Navy is growing quickly in the Indo-Pacific, and the US Navy, which was once the strongest, is clearly unsure it can defeat Beijing, as evidenced by the Biden administration’s mixed signals. India’s largest challenge will come from the maritime sector. The enormous Communist state is likely to force the littoral governments to submit, prompting the Chinese Navy to launch long-range incursions into the Indian Ocean region. As it stands, China’s Belt Road Initiative has put the Indian neighborhood in grave debt, and that fact alone will give the Xi Jinping administration a great deal of leverage.

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In this regard, to properly control the Chinese threat, the Modi administration must expand its island possessions as a component of the marine security architecture. Rafale maritime fighters are needed by India as of yesterday to strengthen the INS Vikrant aircraft carrier and create security advantages in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep. The national security doctrines of India must be adjusted to handle future concerns, just as the west did nothing when China violated the boundaries of Ladakh in May 2020. India must be ready to take on the PLA Navy in the Indo-Pacific on its own.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Arvind Kejriwal Bail Pending Delhi HC Order

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Supreme Court Delays Decision on Arvind Kejriwal Bail Pending Delhi HC Order

Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister of Delhi, moved against the High Court’s temporary stay of a trial court ruling giving him bail in a money laundering case related to the purported excise scam, but the Supreme Court on Monday denied him relief. The highest court stated, “We will be prejudging the issue if we pass an order now.” Following Kejriwal’s bail award from the trial court on June 20, the Delhi High Court on Friday postponed his release. If the federal anti-money laundering agency hadn’t received an interim stay of action from the high court, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener, who was detained by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 21, would have been able to leave Tihar jail on Friday.

A high court vacation bench had stated, “Until the pronouncement of this order, the operation of the impugned order shall remain stayed,” and requested written responses from the parties by June 24. The plea hearing was scheduled for July 10 by the top court. In order to review all of the case files, the court had stated that it would be delaying the order for two to three days. It also sent Kejriwal a notice asking him to reply to the ED’s plea contesting the trial court’s June 20 bail decision.

In his high court appearance, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) S V Raju argued on behalf of the ED that the trial court’s ruling was “perverse,” “one-sided,” and “wrong-sided,” and that the conclusions were based on unrelated evidence. He asserted that the special judge disregarded the pertinent information. Raju had argued that the ED was not given enough time to present its case and was seeking a stay of the trial court’s judgment.

Senior attorneys Abhishek Singhvi and Vikram Chaudhari, who were defending Kejriwal, fiercely fought the ED’s request for a stay of execution. They had argued that the ED, for which an individual’s liberty is a low priority, is not covered by Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees protection of life and personal liberty.

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In granting bail, the trial judge determined that Kejriwal’s guilt was not yet proven and that the ED had not shown concrete evidence connecting him to the money laundering case’s proceeds of crime. The excise policy was discontinued in 2022 as a result of the lieutenant governor of Delhi requesting that the CBI look into claims of corruption and irregularities in its creation and implementation.

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Modi 3.0’s First Parliament Session: Opposition Armed with LS Mandate, NEET Controversy, and Key Wins Eyes ‘Acche Din’

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Modi 3.0’s First Parliament Session: Opposition Armed with LS Mandate, NEET Controversy, and Key Wins Eyes ‘Acche Din’

This is the Opposition’s placard for the first Parliament session following the Lok Sabha elections, ready to stretch its muscle, equipped with issues and labeling the government and PM as “minus mandate.” Although the administration has taken some action to combat the NEET issue, the opposition is not going to be appeased. It’s a problem that it is well aware of and could be relevant, particularly given how angry many students are about the last-minute postponement of the NEET exams. The unified Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) caucus therefore wants to bring up this issue.

As per the reports, the bloc is actually planning to initiate contact with parties like the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP), which have so far opted to remain neutral. The opposition believes that the students’ problem would guarantee the growth of the platform. More than anything, the opposition is riding on the strength of the simple visuals. The image of Rahul Gandhi as the aspirant and victor who “humbled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)” is the most prominent one for the Congress. He is further strengthened by Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP), whose performance in Uttar Pradesh (UP) has taken the BJP by surprise. The UP wale ladke intends to “take them on” with Rahul Gandhi.

In the eyes of the opposition, KL Sharma’s victory from Amethi is the cherry on top. Another significant victory that the Opposition is eyeing is Mahua Moitra’s return. After being disqualified from her last term as a Member of Parliament (MP) due to allegations of accepting paid for questions, she won by a significant margin. The bloc had rallied around her, and she had promised to fight again. Her reappearance will serve as proof. Though the two parties were at odds during the Lok Sabha elections, it’s noteworthy that Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has promised to back Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Wayanad during the bypolls. Banerjee’s offer will strengthen connections within the INDIA bloc while the Congress awaits her admittance into the Lok Sabha.

An other bone of contention that the TMC and DMK would bring up with the BJP is their respective states’ performance.The narrative the opposition is constructing—that this is a “zero mandate government”—is the centerpiece of their approach, though. As the BJP was unable to secure a simple majority, the Congress refers to the Prime Minister as a “1/3rd PM.” Furthermore, the Congress anticipates that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would have to contend with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Janata Dal United (JDU), just as their United Progressive Alliance-2 was plagued and crippled by its tantrum-throwing allies. The INDIA bloc asserts, “This honeymoon won’t last long.”

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The opposition is unmoved despite the government’s arsenal of weapons as well. The opposition is in no mood to back down, even in this short session that centers on the president’s address and swearing as well as the government’s anticipated campaign against NEET. The strategy is to mount a strong defense against the BJP at every turn in the Lok Sabha. Rahul, Akhilesh, Supriya Sule, and Mahua are the axes they are focusing on. The opposition believes that the “achhe din” has arrived.

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PM Modi to Opposition: ‘Nation Demands Diligence, Not Disturbance’

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PM Modi to Opposition: ‘Nation Demands Diligence, Not Disturbance’

The people of the country expect “debate and diligence” from members of the parliament, not “disturbance,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a sharp warning to the Congress-led Opposition ahead of the start of the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha. Speaking to the media outside the newly constructed Parliament building, Prime Minister Modi expressed his confidence that MPs would live up to the expectations of the average citizen, saying that the public wants real representation rather than platitudes.

“India requires an accountable opposition. It is the people who desire content rather than platitudes, and discussion rather than agitation in the legislature. The public expects the opposition to act responsibly. PM Modi stated, “I hope it will fulfill its role and maintain democracy’s decorum. It has been disappointing thus far.” In a subliminal jab at the Congress, Prime Minister Modi brought up the emergency, claiming that the younger generation will never forget the destruction of the Indian Constitution.

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It’s June 25th tomorrow. For those who uphold the dignity of the Indian Constitution and believe in democratic traditions, June 25 will always hold a special place in their hearts. The 50 years that have been a bad blot on Indian democracy will end tomorrow. The younger generation won’t soon forget how the declaration of emergency allowed the Indian Constitution to be rejected, and destroyed, and the nation to be converted into a jail. On June 25, 1975, former prime minister (later) Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency.

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