Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

In this year full of pessimism, one is loath to add on to the pile of misery, but reality of last 70 years and our Ostrich like attitude makes it likely that the dream of defence self-reliance is likely to remain just that: a dream. Over the years we have tried indigenization, import substitution, license production,...

Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian Negotiations

Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian Negotiations

The way the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed its troops and the armament in Ladakh and Arunachal and so has India matched its forces in equal numbers, it does not indicate that India and China will disengage during winters despite their “pledge to disengage as quickly as possible” during the diplomatic...

Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

Four men and one Tibetan Mastiff, make an incredible 8,000–km journey across the wonderful but perilous Himalayan frontier. Editor’s Comments: In 1981, the then Captain Harish Kohli (an Infantry Officer) serving a stint in the remote region of Arunachal Pradesh where the Brahmaputra River enters India, decided on this...

Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian Negotiations

Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian Negotiations

The way the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed its troops and the armament in Ladakh and Arunachal and so has India matched its forces in equal numbers, it does not indicate that India and China will disengage during winters despite their “pledge to disengage as quickly as possible” during the diplomatic...

Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

Four men and one Tibetan Mastiff, make an incredible 8,000–km journey across the wonderful but perilous Himalayan frontier. Editor’s Comments: In 1981, the then Captain Harish Kohli (an Infantry Officer) serving a stint in the remote region of Arunachal Pradesh where the Brahmaputra River enters India, decided on this...

Winter only Affects Scale of Operations

Winter only Affects Scale of Operations

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech via video link to the  United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 22 was on expected lines – rambling on issues that China (read he and Communist Party of China) stands for but doing exactly the opposite. His statement of China being “committed to peaceful, open,...

Indian Navy conducts Naval Exercise JIMEX 20 with Japan

Indian Navy conducts Naval Exercise JIMEX 20 with Japan

The 4th edition of India – Japan Maritime bilateral exercise JIMEX, which is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will be held in North Arabian Sea from 26 to 28 September 2020. JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime...

Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

In this year full of pessimism, one is loath to add on to the pile of misery, but reality of last 70 years and our Ostrich like attitude makes it likely that the dream of defence self-reliance is likely to remain just that: a dream. Over the years we have tried indigenization, import substitution, license production,...

The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

The first five of India’s new Rafale fighters touched down at Ambala air base on July 29, 2020. Accordingly 31 more will follow and thus they will form two squadrons of 18 each by the end of 2021. The second squadron is planned at Hasimara in the east. These Rafale fighters will definitely be making up some of the...

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

In the wake of the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370, the political structures in Kashmir that were aligned with separatism and soft separatism have been left without viable agendas. Articulation on the subject can draw a lead from the “Gupkar Declaration” of 4 August, 2019....

The Islamic State Footprints are all over India

The Islamic State Footprints are all over India

There are some very significant indicators, which indicate the widespread footprints of the Islamic State in India. Recently in Bengaluru, a 28 year old ophthalmologist, Abdur Rehman, was arrested by the NIA for his links with the Islamic State. In 2014, soon after completion of his MBBS, Rehman had travelled all the...

Gupkar Declaration 2.0

Gupkar Declaration 2.0

Not content with anti-national, seditious, pro-separatist Gupkar Declaration signed on 04 August 2019, a day prior to the historical announcement of Modi Government, the six leaders of Kashmir centric political parties including the descendant of Indian National Congress, Nehru-Gandhi Congress, have again issued a new...

Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support Cadre from Armed Forces

Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support Cadre from Armed Forces

Introduction On the heels of my earlier article carried by IDR , some very important initiatives have been announced and steps taken by the Government. While these in my considered opinion have come only about four decades late and the roll out of results are likely to be felt not before another five years to say the...

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the industry

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the industry

IBT: India has recently imposed an import embargo on 101 items in the defence sector. How well is the country positioned for indigenous manufacturing of these items? How can the government make the domestic industry ready? Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa: On March 18, 1986, India signed a Rs 1,437-crore deal with Swedish arms...

NAVAL GROUP: A partner for all naval needs

NAVAL GROUP: A partner for all naval needs

NAVAL GROUP as shipbuilder and integrator The NAVAL GROUP of today can trace its roots back to 1631, when France’s Louis XIII ordered the construction of new naval shipyards. More than just an administrative decision, this move was a radical change in naval shipbuilding. It aimed to bring together under one...

Interviews / Spotlight

Southern Indian Ocean: Securing a Common Fisheries policy for India and the...

Southern Indian Ocean: Securing a Common Fisheries policy for India and the...

The Indian Ocean provides a dependency for its Island and coastal nations on their economic and commercial...

Technology on the Battlefield: Finding the Right Balance

Technology on the Battlefield: Finding the Right Balance

Simply throwing countless hordes of grunts at the enemy simply won’t cut it anymore in the art of warfare, and the...

Chinese View: India thinks it has got the better of China, so it can dare China

Chinese View: India thinks it has got the better of China, so it can dare China

 The article is presenting what the Chinese are writings in their Media Original article title in Chinese: 刘宗义: 印度自以为把准了中国的脉,所以敢于咄咄逼人 Professor Liu Zongyi: India thinks it has got the better of China, so it can dare China The original article in Chinese was published on the website of the Oserver.com on September 21, 2020 and has already been...

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India has Changed Since 1962: China’s Adventure may end Xi’s Dream

The situation is fast deteriorating in Ladakh. For China, it took a turn for the worst when India captured a ridge on the southern bank of the Pangong tso (lake). The fact that the Tibetan Special Frontier Force (SFF) was involved brought the Tibetan factor into the conflict; this was clear when BJP general secretary Ram Madhav attended the funeral of Company Leader Nyima Tenzin who was killed in mine blast during a recee. In a tweet (later...

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11th edition of DefExpo2020

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Pavilions of the 11th edition of DefExpo2020, at Lucknow, in...

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‘At Home Reception’, on the occasion of the 71st Republic Day Celebrations

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the invitees, at the ‘At Home Reception’, on the occasion of...

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 K9 VAJRA-T Gun from L&T Armoured System

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh flagging off 51st K9 VAJRA-T Gun from L&T Armoured System...

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Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat along with the Chief of the Army Staff, General...

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Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg, Russia

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh at the Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg, Russia...

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