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India needs to invest in securing its Strategic Installations and make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to Attack: Sumit Ganguly

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New Delhi, Dec 23, 2016: Noted expert on Pakistan Sumit Ganguly on Thursday said India needs to invest in securing its strategic installations. He also said that India needs to make it exceedingly difficult for Pakistan to launch as attack.

Speaking on the probable Indian strategy to deal with Pakistan, Ganguly suggested strategy of deterrence by denial whereby making it exceedingly difficult for them to attack targets.

This is not a perfect strategy because no strategy of denial can be foolproof, he added.

He said this strategy has been attempted by India but in a half-hearted and idiosyncratic manner.

“It needs to be implemented in far more full-blown fashion and thereby make Pakistan realise the futility of this enterprise over the long-term,” Ganguly added.

He suggested ‘strategy of deterrence by punishment’ to India and said, “Any time Pakistan provokes, be prepared to exact a cost. To inflict pain on Pakistan as was done quiet recently and to remind Pakistan that behaviour of this sort is intolerable and that a cost will be inflicted…”

Ganguly cautioned that this strategy comes with limitations “as one does not know the exact threshold by which Pakistan will begin using the nuclear blackmail”.

Sumit Ganguly, Professor at Indiana University, USA, has recently published a book titled “Deadly Impasse: Indo-Pakistani Relations at the Dawn of a New Century”.

He was delivering a public lecture on ‘Terminating the Interminable: Ending the India-Pakistan Rivalry?’ organised by Nehru Memorial Library and Museum.

Rejecting the cultural diplomacy and people to people contact as a way to deal with Pakistan, he said: “There are limits to cultural exchanges and the flow of people and ideas that the military is likely to permit.”

“So, I doubt that this soft power and deployment of cultural resources somehow melt the extraordinary grasp that the military still has over the state,” he added.

–IANS

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The first edition of "Doodle 4 Google India" was held in 2009 and the theme was "My India"

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Google on Tuesday opened public online voting for 20 children shortlisted for its annual ‘Doodle 4 Google’ competition.

The annual competition, announced early in August, encouraged creative, art-loving students across India to bring their imagination to life for the search engine giant’s logo.

This year’s theme was “what inspires you”. The doodle, incorporating letters G-o-o-g-l-e, were to be created using crayons, clay, water colours and graphic design.

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From a beautiful sight at the beach to nature’s tiny creatures; India’s farmer community to the Indian folk music; space exploration to learning from animals; children drew their inspiration using crayons, clay and graphic designs, the tech giant said in a statement.

Of the 75,000 students, from Class 1 to 10, across the country who sent in their entries, more than 55 per cent were from non-metro cities, including Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bareilly, Kottayam and Bhubaneswar.

Out of these, Google shortlisted 20 from five categories: Group 1 comprising students from Class 1 to 2; Group 2 with students from Class 3 to 4; Group 3 with students from Class 5 to 6; Group 4 with students from Class 7 to 8 and Group 5 with students from Class 9 to 10.

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The online voting, which began on Tuesday, will continue till November 6 (until 10 a.m.). People can cast their votes on the Doodle 4 Google 2018 voting page.

The doodle with the maximum votes will get featured on Google’s home page on Children’s Day that falls on November 14.

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The national winner would win a Rs 5 lakh college scholarship, a Rs 2 lakh technology package for their school, as well as a trip to the Google office in India, among other prizes, the company said.

The first edition of “Doodle 4 Google India” was held in 2009 and the theme was “My India”. (IANS)