The Chinese Ultimatum

The Chinese Ultimatum

The Chinese occupation of Tibet and the flight of the Dalai Lama in 1959, posed a new threat to India. The Himalayas were no longer impregnable, and one could easily foresee the future aggressive designs of China by the rapidity with which the construction of air bases, and roads, and the setting up of new garrisons all...

Did a CIA mole inside the Indian cabinet compromise India’s 1971 war plans?

Did a CIA mole inside the Indian cabinet compromise India’s 1971 war plans?

Declassified US records show that India’s objectives during the 1971 Indo-Pak war were greatly curtailed following an instance of high treason committed by a member of Indira Gandhi’s government. Exactly 45 years ago this day, Pakistan surrendered to the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini in what was then East...

China Wages Total War: Can The World Afford To Play Dumb

China Wages Total War: Can The World Afford To Play Dumb

“Total war is no longer waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total … because it may well involve the whole world” – Jean-Paul Sartre Beijing made it clear in 1999 that when it went to war with the USA, it would be a new type of war. In fact, the wheels were already...

The Chinese Ultimatum

The Chinese Ultimatum

The Chinese occupation of Tibet and the flight of the Dalai Lama in 1959, posed a new threat to India. The Himalayas were no longer impregnable, and one could easily foresee the future aggressive designs of China by the rapidity with which the construction of air bases, and roads, and the setting up of new garrisons all...

China Wages Total War: Can The World Afford To Play Dumb

China Wages Total War: Can The World Afford To Play Dumb

“Total war is no longer waged by all members of one national community against all those of another. It is total … because it may well involve the whole world” – Jean-Paul Sartre Beijing made it clear in 1999 that when it went to war with the USA, it would be a new type of war. In fact, the wheels were already...

Operation ‘Polo’ and Impact & Ramifications on India’s First Kashmir War

Operation ‘Polo’ and Impact & Ramifications on India’s First Kashmir War

Objectively speaking, the 108 hours campaign undertaken to liberate the Princely State of Hyderabad, codenamed Operation (Op) Polo stands out as India’s ‘first’ military success. Having said that, in view of its timing, (September 1948), and the forces it ‘dislocated,’ at a time when India was fighting a grim...

Did a CIA mole inside the Indian cabinet compromise India’s 1971 war plans?

Did a CIA mole inside the Indian cabinet compromise India’s 1971 war plans?

Declassified US records show that India’s objectives during the 1971 Indo-Pak war were greatly curtailed following an instance of high treason committed by a member of Indira Gandhi’s government. Exactly 45 years ago this day, Pakistan surrendered to the Indian Army and the Mukti Bahini in what was then East...

Time for a Women Empowerment Commission for the Armed Forces!

Time for a Women Empowerment Commission for the Armed Forces!

Thomas Hobbes, a sixteenth century English Philosopher and one of the pioneers of the ‘Realist’ theory in his work ‘Leviathan’ has described ‘Man in state of nature’. He says that in absence of state, “it is a war of everyone against everyone. Man’s life, nasty, brutish and short”. Substitute...

S-400 Triumf: Beyond Air Defence

S-400 Triumf: Beyond Air Defence

On 14 November 2021, Russian news agencies, citing Dmitry Shugayev, head of the Russian military cooperation agency, reported that Russia has started delivery of S-400 Triumf missile system to India.[1] According to a news report the S-400 “would be first deployed at a location close to the Western border from where...

Manipur Ambush: Madness or a Method?

Manipur Ambush: Madness or a Method?

Incidents of terrorists ambushing security forces in India’s North East aren’t uncommon and nor does their barbaric practice of murdering security force personnel incapacitated in such attacks arouse a sense of revulsion.Yet, Saturday’s ambush in near S Sehken village under Behiang Police Station in Churachandpur...

Demographic invasion of India from the North East

Demographic invasion of India from the North East

First Published in print issue of Indian Defence Review (Vol 22.2) Apr-Jun, 2007 Six decades of ‘Indian effort’, still Seven Sisters have not been fully integrated with the main landmass. Thousands of crores of money has been pumped into the North East. In fact our  Central Govt is indirectly financing the...

Sarp Vinash 2.0

Sarp Vinash 2.0

Counter-terrorist operations launched by the Army in the area of Nar Khas Forest in J&K’s Poonch region on the evening of October 14 after five Army personnel were killed during an encounter with terrorists are still ongoing. Nine Army personnel including two JCOs have lost their lives in these operations so far; five...

INS Vela: The fourth Kalvari-Class Submarine entirely made in India based on Scorpene® Design

INS Vela: The fourth Kalvari-Class Submarine entirely made in India based on Scorpene® Design

On 25 November 2021, INS Vela, the fourth P75 Kalvari-class submarines, was commissioned within Indian Navy in presence of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Chairman & Managing Director, Vice Admiral Narayan Prasad (Retd.) and several other dignitaries. The event was also attended by Naval Group’s Executive Vice...

Rosoboronexport to organize a large-scale demonstration of Russian defense products at EDEX 2021 in Egypt

Rosoboronexport to organize a large-scale demonstration of Russian defense products at EDEX 2021 in Egypt

Rosoboronexport JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) will organize a large-scale demonstration of Russian defense products at the Egypt Defense Expo (EDEX) 2021, which will be held from November 29 to December 2, 2021 in Cairo. “Egypt is Russia’s important strategic partner. Military-technical cooperation between our...

Strategic portfolio continues to grow Digitization strategy: Rheinmetall takes over activities of unmanned air...

Strategic portfolio continues to grow Digitization strategy: Rheinmetall takes over activities of unmanned air...

Key facts Asset deal: Rheinmetall takes over the activities of EMT Ingenieur-gesellschaft Dipl.-Ing. Hartmut Euer mbH  Approval of competition authorities still pending EMT is the maker of the ALADIN and LUNA NG unmanned aerial systems Unmanned aviation: a key military capability Four EMT locations with almost 200...

Interviews / Spotlight

1971 War: Capture of Dacca

1971 War: Capture of Dacca

 From the beginning of the war on December 3, when Yahya Khan launched  a surprise attack on Indian airfields and...

J&K: Disinformation is Impeding Peace and Prosperity

J&K: Disinformation is Impeding Peace and Prosperity

On 24 November, on the basis of specific information of presence of terrorists at Rambagh, Srinagar, a joint party...

Role of R&AW in Liberation of Bangladesh

Role of R&AW in Liberation of Bangladesh

Covert action capability is an indispensable tool for any State having external adversaries. Its purpose is not just collection of intelligence, but the protection of national interests and the safeguarding of national security through deniable actions of a political, economic, para-diplomatic or para-military nature. A State resorts to covert action if it finds that its national interests...

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What does the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan Mean for China?

The return of the Taliban in Afghanistan marks the commencement of a new chapter in Asian geopolitics. China, as an aspiring superpower and Kabul’s largest neighbour, sees both opportunities to be seized and risks to be staved off on the Afghan turf. An Arm of Friendship China is among the first few countries to negotiate with the Taliban, reflected in the Tianjin Meet where China’s State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi affirmed...

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Rezang La Memorial at Chushul, in Ladakh

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh with the Brigadier R.V. Jatar (Retd.) who had participated in...

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Air Show at the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway, in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the Air Show at the inauguration of the Purvanchal Expressway,...

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The Occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh paying homage to the fallen heroes at National War Memorial,...

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Short Span Bridging System (SSBS)-10m

The Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane inducts the Short Span Bridging System...

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Interacting with the veterans, at Leh, Ladakh

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh interacting with the veterans, at Leh, Ladakh on June 27, 2021.

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