Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

“It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it.” — John Jay, The Federalist Papers September 17, 1787. “You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to...

Grenade Attack in Amritsar – Caution Time Ahead

Grenade Attack in Amritsar – Caution Time Ahead

The primary aim of the recent grenade attack at the Nirankari Bhavan in Amritsar was obviously to disrupt the communal harmony of Punjab. Three persons were killed and 10 reportedly injured in the congregation of some 200 hundred devotees. Luckily only one grenade was thrown. Targeting Nirankaris to create communal...

The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

The term ‘battlefield helicopter’ continues to live on and conjure up visions of sleek, fierce looking rotary-wing craft shrieking their way over friendly forces on the ground. Since the 1930s, the helicopter has made its presence felt in the battlefield. It began as a casualty evacuation tool, but has incrementally...

Maldives needs concerted Indian engagement

Maldives needs concerted Indian engagement

The defeat of Abdulla Yameen and emergence of Mohammad Solih,  consensus candidate of the joint opposition, emerging winner in the recent presidential election was a stroke of luck for India and somewhat disappointing for China. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Maldives to attend the swearing in...

Battle of Kasserine Pass: Lessons for China

Battle of Kasserine Pass: Lessons for China

In February 1943, US Forces, under the overall command of Gen Eisenhower, suffered a staggering rout at the hands of much feared Afrika Korps, in the Battle of Kasserine Pass, which holds vital strategic lessons today for the armies in general and China in particular. Even in complete retreat, a much harried Field...

War as a Multi-Dimensional Whole: A Framework for India in a Repolarizing World

War as a Multi-Dimensional Whole: A Framework for India in a Repolarizing World

As India celebrates the 19th anniversary of Vijay Diwas on 26th July – to mark our victory in Kargil war of 1999, there are much larger questions on Indian security, defence preparedness and military readiness that need to be answered. Couple of years back, in a workshop, a question that I asked to my audience was if...

Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

“It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it.” — John Jay, The Federalist Papers September 17, 1787. “You must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to...

The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

The term ‘battlefield helicopter’ continues to live on and conjure up visions of sleek, fierce looking rotary-wing craft shrieking their way over friendly forces on the ground. Since the 1930s, the helicopter has made its presence felt in the battlefield. It began as a casualty evacuation tool, but has incrementally...

Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

Clausewitz had prophesized that it was mandatory for a nation’s political leadership to possess a fair understanding of the profession of arms. For the military institution to deliver commensurate to the resources committed to its war-worthiness, the Ministry has to free itself from abject dependency upon archaic...

Grenade Attack in Amritsar – Caution Time Ahead

Grenade Attack in Amritsar – Caution Time Ahead

The primary aim of the recent grenade attack at the Nirankari Bhavan in Amritsar was obviously to disrupt the communal harmony of Punjab. Three persons were killed and 10 reportedly injured in the congregation of some 200 hundred devotees. Luckily only one grenade was thrown. Targeting Nirankaris to create communal...

Emperor Lalitaditya: One Among India’s Greatest Soldier-Statesmen

Emperor Lalitaditya: One Among India’s Greatest Soldier-Statesmen

With the ascendance of the Karkotta dynasty, the Hindu Kingdom of Kashmir reached great heights of power and prestige. Its influence and fame spread far and wide, in the process, attracting respect and receiving tribute from neighboring states/kingdoms. Durlabh Vardana extended his kingdom to Poonch, Rajauri, Taxila and...

Beyond the Bomdila Episode

Beyond the Bomdila Episode

The Bomdila incident exploded in the media with video clip of the Commanding Officer (CO) of the 2 Arunachal Scouts, an Amy unit, warming a police officer to stay away from his men or face dire consequences. There was little mention of what instigated the CO, and why did he warn the said police officer. The police...

Vice Chiefs Financial Powers – and the intricacies within

Vice Chiefs Financial Powers – and the intricacies within

The government has enhanced the financial powers of the Army, Navy and Air Force Vice Chiefs five times; from Rs 100 crore to Rs 500 crore for expediting the decision making process involved in the procurements of the Armed Forces. The MoD statement on the issue states, “The Defence Minister has taken this important...

Indian Army Inducts Its First M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers

Indian Army Inducts Its First M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers

The Indian Army celebrated receiving its first M777A2 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers (ULH) at an official handover ceremony today, a key step toward the modernizing and strengthening of the Indian Army’s artillery capabilities. The 155mm M777 systems will deploy to their first regiment in 2019.  The gun systems, produced...

HTT 40 Successfully Begins Spin Testing

HTT 40 Successfully Begins Spin Testing

The HTT 40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft) began the most awaited phase of the `spin test’ by successfully entering in to two turn spin and subsequently recovering with the appropriate controls.  Two test pilots undertook the first ever spin entry testing today at around 1.30 pm. The aircraft was piloted by Gp Capt (Retd)...

Interviews / Spotlight

Punjab was always on Pak’s Radar

Punjab was always on Pak’s Radar

The recent grenade throwing incident in the Nirankari Bhawan in Amritsar’s Rajasansi village left three dead and...

Kashmir Diary

Kashmir Diary

I recently travelled to Kashmir valley in the month of October of 2018. And this must have been the nth time that I...

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead

On November 17th, Solih took over as the seventh President of Maldives in a glittering ceremony at the Galolhu National Stadium. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Kumaratunghe as well as Senior Representatives of 46 countries were present for the occasion. While three former Presidents, Gayoom, Waheed and Nasheed were present, a notable absentee was...

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Communists rule in Nepal - but not the Chinese way

Nepal is among a handful of states in the world ruled by communists. While multiparty democracy and parliamentary politics may not sound synonymous to communism, Nepal’s case might be unique in the sense that the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) rose to power by winning the majority of seats in parliamentary elections last year.  Nepal is not a nation ruled by a single-party as are China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam and Laos. Communism...

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Air Force Day Parade

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on dais during the Air Force Day Parade, at Air...

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Parakram Parv

The Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman at the inauguration of “Parakram Parv”, at India...

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Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army Visit

The Chief of Army Staff, Bangladesh Army, General Aziz Ahmed meeting the Chief of Army Staff, General...

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 Kargil Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman along with the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat,...

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CYBERTCH INDIA – 2018

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and other dignitaries at the Seminar on Cyber Warfare, Cyber...

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