Kashmir: Solution lies elsewhere

Kashmir: Solution lies elsewhere

The root cause of instability in the South Asian region is no doubt the lingering dispute in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Whether India agrees to this or not, the Kashmir issue is the core issue beyond doubt. It has been a cause of four wars between two Asian neighbors (India & Pakistan) in the past sixty-seven years of...

The China Factor: India’s Tryst with the Dragon

The China Factor: India’s Tryst with the Dragon

Beijing’s accelerated push in recent years for recognition as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific has accentuated the implicit contest for strategic space between Japan, the US, India and China introducing volatility in the region and making South East Asian countries nervous. It also occurs when the economies of...

Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

Prime Minister Modi extended his hand of friendship to Pakistan immediately after his electoral triumph by inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and agreeing to hold foreign secretary level talks. This despite the experience of a sterile dialogue with Pakistan all these years and the mixed messages from...

Kashmir: Solution lies elsewhere

Kashmir: Solution lies elsewhere

The root cause of instability in the South Asian region is no doubt the lingering dispute in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K). Whether India agrees to this or not, the Kashmir issue is the core issue beyond doubt. It has been a cause of four wars between two Asian neighbors (India & Pakistan) in the past sixty-seven years of...

The China Factor: India’s Tryst with the Dragon

The China Factor: India’s Tryst with the Dragon

Beijing’s accelerated push in recent years for recognition as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific has accentuated the implicit contest for strategic space between Japan, the US, India and China introducing volatility in the region and making South East Asian countries nervous. It also occurs when the economies of...

Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

Indo-Pak Talks: The problem is with the Pakistani mindset

Prime Minister Modi extended his hand of friendship to Pakistan immediately after his electoral triumph by inviting Nawaz Sharif to his swearing-in ceremony and agreeing to hold foreign secretary level talks. This despite the experience of a sterile dialogue with Pakistan all these years and the mixed messages from...

Ageing Defence Forces: The Enemy Within

Ageing Defence Forces: The Enemy Within

The profession demands a younger profile, whereas due to the narrow pyramid of promotional avenues, the age profile in various command assignments continues to soar upwards, notwithstanding the Ajai Vikram Singh Committee report. There are now six to seven Lieutenant Colonels / Colonels in a major unit. If we continue...

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. With 182 combat missions and more than 3,000 flying hours (mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C) throughout his...

The CIA's reconnaissance operations in India

The CIA's reconnaissance operations in India

The CIA recently declassified a new series of documents on the history of the U-2 surveillance planes. In their “The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974”, Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach mentioned the U-2s operations in India. On 11 November...

Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

The Maoist rebellion is a phenomenon, an adverse one of course, in which bands of armed local inhabitants, led by firebrand ‘area commanders’, assume a role that should truly lie within the constitutional mandate of the state. The role of the third element of this phenomenon, the far-ensconced communist ideologues,...

Kashmiris are being hijacked!

Kashmiris are being hijacked!

The government in the centre has been there barely two months and a segment of the so-called prime-movers of the Kashmir valley, political leaders and intelligentsia, have started voicing a litany of demands – political, economic, development, social and what not. Inimical voices from across the border have increased...

Israel under the Iron Dome - Should India Seek Cover?

Israel under the Iron Dome - Should India Seek Cover?

The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict has once again brought into sharp focus the technological disparities between the two adversaries. Although there are news reports indicating use of UAVs by Hamas, most of these are unconfirmed. It could be very much possible that these were rudimentary aero-models with explosive...

Finmeccanica – Selex ES’s mini and micro UAVs see success in tests

Finmeccanica – Selex ES’s mini and micro UAVs see success in tests

Finmeccanica – Selex ES’s ASIO-B and SPYBALL-B UAVs have passed their factory acceptance tests, leaving them ready for delivery to the Italian Army for its Forza NEC modernisation programme. With the systems ready to be welcomed into operation, the Italian Army will soon be able to benefit from the effective support...

FDI in Defence: Dispelling the Myths

FDI in Defence: Dispelling the Myths

India should adopt a flexible FDI policy to import much needed technologies which cannot be mastered through indigenous efforts in the acceptable time frame. Unfortunately, every time the issue of increasing FDI limit comes up, the opponents resort to their time-tested subterfuge of raising the bogey of security...

Lenco announces successful Blast Test of BEAR Troop Transport Armored Vehicle

Lenco announces successful Blast Test of BEAR Troop Transport Armored Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, announces successful underbody and side blast testing of the BEAR® 17-man Troop Transport Armored Vehicle designed for Military and Government personnel and International Security Forces operating in hostile...

Interviews / Spotlight

Specific Importance of Punch

Specific Importance of Punch

Regions of Kashmir As has already been brought out in the previous chapters Pakistan was successful in occupying certain areas of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48 War, which still continue to remain under its illegal occupation. It is roughly one third of the whole area of State of Jammu and Kashmir of that time, and where...

Pakistan does not want ‘Aman’ with India

Pakistan does not want ‘Aman’ with India

The Pakistan foreign ministry has issued a statement displaying injured innocence as a result...

 
1971 War: The Amritsar Sector

1971 War: The Amritsar Sector

That part of Punjab between the international border and the Beas and Sutlej has great...

 
Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

Soldiers: The Rajput and Brahman

In the early days, before the British Raj had spread North and West, there was a period when the...

Pakistan Army’s official take on 1948 invasion of Kashmir

Pakistan Army’s official take on 1948 invasion of Kashmir

“By November 1947 Auchinleck, Supreme Commander based in New Delhi, being convinced that Indian...

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 INS Kolkata commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering...

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General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff

General Dalbir Singh took over as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, in New Delhi on July 31,...

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 Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, new Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC)

The outgoing Chairman, Chief of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh...

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IAF receives its sixth C-17 Globemaster III

The IAF received its Sixth C-17 Globemaster III. On its arrival, the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley visited...

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Kargil Vijay Diwas

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bikram Singh, the Chief of Naval Staff,...

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