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...

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Key Points Military posturing and muscle flexing in Ladakh continues with talks, as both sides refuse to blink first.   PLA’s centre of gravity of military operations is Eastern Ladakh and build up/intended gains in rest of LAC are part of bargaining chips. India should insist on proper delimitation and...

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Expansionism by force and by treachery is China’s well-known forte. If the originator of the chain-Hindi Bhai Bhainaiveté became its hopeless victim, bring not the onus to the doorsteps of China. The great lessons that India learnt from the 1962 debacle are primarily twofold. One is the bitter truth that “power...

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Key Points Military posturing and muscle flexing in Ladakh continues with talks, as both sides refuse to blink first.   PLA’s centre of gravity of military operations is Eastern Ladakh and build up/intended gains in rest of LAC are part of bargaining chips. India should insist on proper delimitation and...

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Expansionism by force and by treachery is China’s well-known forte. If the originator of the chain-Hindi Bhai Bhainaiveté became its hopeless victim, bring not the onus to the doorsteps of China. The great lessons that India learnt from the 1962 debacle are primarily twofold. One is the bitter truth that “power...

US-Maldives Framework Agreement

US-Maldives Framework Agreement

During the recent visit to the US by Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi, both countries US signed a ‘Framework for US-Maldives Defence and Security Relationship’ on September 10, 2020. The Framework sets forth both countries’ intent to deepen engagement and cooperation in support of maintaining peace and...

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...

Gorkha Soldiers and India-Nepal relations: A Veteran's View

Gorkha Soldiers and India-Nepal relations: A Veteran's View

​The recent slide in relations between India and Nepal triggered by the border stand–off has been unprecedented. Nepal’s claim on the Indian territory of Kalapani (around 400 sq km), which has been the subject of dispute for decades, has beenunanimously passed by both the Houses of the Nepalese Parliament and...

Capture of Hajipir Pass: A Saga of Guts and Glory

Capture of Hajipir Pass: A Saga of Guts and Glory

Much has been spoken and written about the capture of Hajipir Pass in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) during the 1965 Indo-Pak conflict and rightly so, because this was indeed a stupendous victory that taught Pakistan army a lesson on the grave consequences of daring to mess with Indian armed forces. Infact, 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

1971 War: Sinking of the KHUKRI

1971 War: Sinking of the KHUKRI

“The Story of the Pakistan Navy” has recounted the events as seen from the submarine HANGAR which sank the...

India’s Endeavour at Recalibrating ties with Iran

India’s Endeavour at Recalibrating ties with Iran

On September 5, 2020 Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a visit to Iran to meet his counterpart...

The Assassination of Indira Gandhi

The Assassination of Indira Gandhi

Till 1985, the IB was the over-all in charge of the security of the Prime Minister — while he or she was in Delhi as well as during his or her travels in India and abroad. The IB’s duties,inter alia, included updating from time to time the Blue Book instructions relating to the security of the Prime Minister, issuing circular instructions on the subject, assessing threats to the security...

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What Motivated Chinese Military Drills Near the Taiwan Strait?

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan continues to reject Beijing’s sovereignty claims as well as the offer of “one country, two systems.” In response, Chinese President Xi Jinping has called the possibility of Taiwanese independence a “dead-end.”  Verbal hostility from Beijing towards Taiwan is not unusual. However, in July and August this year, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched various military drills, a lot of which...

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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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