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The Doval doctrine

Print edition : November 13, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval on the Metro in New Delhi on April 25. Photo: PTI

Balaach Pardili, a Baloch nationalist, freedom fighter and spokeperson of the Baloch freedom struggle who got refugee status in India, in New Delhi in October. Photo: Prashant Nakwe

Activists of a female Kashmiri group presenting a memorandum to an official of the United Nations Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), in Srinagar on March 6, 2006, demanding an end to human rights violations by security forces and the release of political detainees. On July 7, 2014, its office in New Delhi was asked to stop its work. The visiting U.N. Peacekeeping chief told New Delhi that the UNMOGIP's mandate could only be revoked by the Security Council. Photo: Nissar Ahmad

Doval with Yang Jiechi, State Councillor and Chinese Special Representative on India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi on March 23. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

The National Security Adviser’s policy prescription is marked by three themes: irrelevance of morality, extremism freed from calculation or calibration, and reliance on military might.
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