Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

The monkey has bitten Theatre Commands again and is enjoying the catfight. The game has been ongoing for decades; monkey being the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and cats the three Services – or rather the Chiefs. The monkey is adept at throwing a carrot at the cats to create dissent, carrot being representational because...

War with Pakistan is the only solution

War with Pakistan is the only solution

A few days ago, Cricketer Imran Khan asserted with all his religious belief and philosophy that “war is no solution over Kashmir.”  This writer wishes to claim to the contrary – that war is the only solution over Kashmir. There are multiple reasons why Imran Khan would try to say what he did: He knows Pakistan...

Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

Four policemen were killed and 42 other individuals were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a police headquarters in Iran’s port city of Chabahar on December 6. Police stopped the explosive-laden car and fired at the driver, who set of the explosion. While Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif has accused a foreign...

War with Pakistan is the only solution

War with Pakistan is the only solution

A few days ago, Cricketer Imran Khan asserted with all his religious belief and philosophy that “war is no solution over Kashmir.”  This writer wishes to claim to the contrary – that war is the only solution over Kashmir. There are multiple reasons why Imran Khan would try to say what he did: He knows Pakistan...

Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

Four policemen were killed and 42 other individuals were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a police headquarters in Iran’s port city of Chabahar on December 6. Police stopped the explosive-laden car and fired at the driver, who set of the explosion. While Iran’s Foreign Minister Javed Zarif has accused a foreign...

The Discomfort of 'Letter of Comfort' in Rafale Deal

The Discomfort of 'Letter of Comfort' in Rafale Deal

The ongoing case on a petition filed by Mr. Yashwant Sinha, Arun Shourie and Prashant Bhushan centres around the major question as to why a letter of comfort has been taken from the French Government in the Rafale deal in lieu of a sovereign guarantee. This has raised concerns about the proper enforceability of the...

Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

The monkey has bitten Theatre Commands again and is enjoying the catfight. The game has been ongoing for decades; monkey being the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and cats the three Services – or rather the Chiefs. The monkey is adept at throwing a carrot at the cats to create dissent, carrot being representational because...

Armed Forces Flag Day 2018 - served with WEXIT

Armed Forces Flag Day 2018 - served with WEXIT

Theresa May became Britain’s Prime Minister on the strength of BREXIT, much as Angela Merkel capitalised on the middle east refugee crisis to extend her tenure as Chancellor since 2005.  Both will be tested in times to come and will eventually fade away. But WEXIT, synonym in a manner of BREXIT, has been served to the...

Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very perceptive in stating that “By and large it can be said that even in the past and remote ages, it was the seafaring nations that prospered, prospered both from point of view of power and wealth because of trade and commerce. It is often forgotten that, India has always been a sea...

J&K not yet ripe for a Popular Government

J&K not yet ripe for a Popular Government

Though the state was placed under Governor’s Rule on 20 June 2018, the state assembly was kept under suspended animation as permitted by the J&K Constitution. The Assembly was finally dissolved on 21 November putting at rest all attempts by the unholy alliance of NC-PDP-Congress to form a government to “safeguard...

Resigned to 1000 Cuts?

Resigned to 1000 Cuts?

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat delivered a talk at a Think Tank in New Delhi on November 28. Salient points of his talk, as covered in the media reports are: •  India should first resolve problems in J&K through integrated approach to tackle a hybrid war unleashed from across the border, instead of harbouring any...

Accession of J&K: Breaking Many Myths

Accession of J&K: Breaking Many Myths

At the time of independence, British India was divided on the basis of religion. However, the princely states, on the other hand, were not divided. They were to go, each state as a whole, to either India or Pakistan. The decision of where to go was to be made by the erstwhile ruler. In the case of J&K, the ruler...

LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight, Looks for High-altitude Cold Weather Trials

LUH Clears 6 KMs Altitude Flight, Looks for High-altitude Cold Weather Trials

The Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) has achieved an important milestone of flying at 6 km altitude here in Bengaluru, recently. The chopper was flown by Chief Test Pilot Wg. Cdr. (Retd) Unni K Pillai and Test Pilot, Wing Cdr (Retd) Anil Bhambhani.  The flight was carried out under the envelope expansion tests and flying...

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...

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China’s Move Towards A Smart Military

China’s Move Towards A Smart Military

After the World War and certainly after the end of the cold war, the US military started to maintain a clear...

Pakistan must eliminate terrorism to find road to prosperity

Pakistan must eliminate terrorism to find road to prosperity

While so many acts of terrorism have taken place on Pakistani soil in recent years, killing hundreds of people,...

British ‘Divide and Rule’ Policy and The Indian Armed Forces

British ‘Divide and Rule’ Policy and The Indian Armed Forces

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —Toni Morrison Present Oraganisation of Indian Armed Forces While serving in the Indian armed forces, I observed certain anomalies, weaknesses, drawbacks and practices in the of organisation, administration, philosophy and management, which are often an hindrance in smooth functioning....

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Intensifying India Vietnam Strategic Partnership

Introduction In a commentary published by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dr. Arvind Gupta and Dr. Sarita Azad, the term strategic partnership has been discussed. A strategic partnership is a long-term interaction between two countries based on political, economic, social, security and historical factors. These factors manifest itself in a wide variety of relationships. India has signed India has signed a strategic partnership...

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Chief of The Air Staff visits EX Cope India-18

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff presenting memento to the US Air Force contingent...

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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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