Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

This is the third and concluding part of the Sino-Indian war, and although, it covers the wider canvas of the war, it focuses on Ladakh. The previous parts of the extracts from the book: The Crimson Chinar – The Kashmir Conflict: A Politico-Military Perspective that form this series, posted on this site before this:...

Impact of 1971 War on Pakistan

Impact of 1971 War on Pakistan

Yahya Khan was commissioned into the 4/10 Baluch Regiment in British Indian Army on 15th July 1939 from the Indian Military Academy. During World War II, he was taken prisoner in North Africa and escaped from the ‘prisoner of war’ camp in Italy on the third attempt. During partition in 1947, he was an instructor at...

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...

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...

Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

This is the third and concluding part of the Sino-Indian war, and although, it covers the wider canvas of the war, it focuses on Ladakh. The previous parts of the extracts from the book: The Crimson Chinar – The Kashmir Conflict: A Politico-Military Perspective that form this series, posted on this site before this:...

Impact of 1971 War on Pakistan

Impact of 1971 War on Pakistan

Yahya Khan was commissioned into the 4/10 Baluch Regiment in British Indian Army on 15th July 1939 from the Indian Military Academy. During World War II, he was taken prisoner in North Africa and escaped from the ‘prisoner of war’ camp in Italy on the third attempt. During partition in 1947, he was an instructor at...

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...

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

Intelligence: Past, Present and Future

Intelligence: Past, Present and Future

 All over the Western world, till the Second World War, intelligence agencies were viewed and grudgingly accepted as...

Desert Raids by Indian Special Forces (December 1971)

Desert Raids by Indian Special Forces (December 1971)

In March 1971, the genocide unleashed in East Pakistan under Pakistani General Tikka Khan, Governor of East Pakistan...

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 land operations across the borders, the  situation in East Pakistan never turned favourable for his forces for various reasons.  From December 7 onwards, the situation was really getting out of control and Pakistan  could never stem the Indian counter offensive in East Pakistan. In...

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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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