Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

Indian decision makers advised by their advisors/diplomats were too quick to be trapped in Imran Khan’s letter to Prime Minister Modi, calling for resumption of peace dialogue, by announcing the “Meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on the side lines of UNGA later this month”. It was also...

Failing to Reading Pakistan

Failing to Reading Pakistan

Indian governments have always decried being hyphenated with Pakistan, especially by the West, and for good reasons. But then you recently had Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman publicly announcing cutting off heads of Pakistani soldiers but not displaying them. Did she forget that she is the Defence Minister of India...

A Showdown in Idlib

A Showdown in Idlib

Idlib is the capital city of the Idlib governorate which is among the 14 provinces of Syria, situated in the northwestern part of the country bordering Turkey and near the Mediterranean Sea. At its closest, it is 50kilometresfrom Bab Al-Hawa Border Crossing- an international border crossing between Syria and Turkey...

Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

Opinion: Why MEA Fumbled with Cricketer PM Imran’s Bouncer of Peace Talks

Indian decision makers advised by their advisors/diplomats were too quick to be trapped in Imran Khan’s letter to Prime Minister Modi, calling for resumption of peace dialogue, by announcing the “Meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on the side lines of UNGA later this month”. It was also...

Failing to Reading Pakistan

Failing to Reading Pakistan

Indian governments have always decried being hyphenated with Pakistan, especially by the West, and for good reasons. But then you recently had Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman publicly announcing cutting off heads of Pakistani soldiers but not displaying them. Did she forget that she is the Defence Minister of India...

A Showdown in Idlib

A Showdown in Idlib

Idlib is the capital city of the Idlib governorate which is among the 14 provinces of Syria, situated in the northwestern part of the country bordering Turkey and near the Mediterranean Sea. At its closest, it is 50kilometresfrom Bab Al-Hawa Border Crossing- an international border crossing between Syria and Turkey...

Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

China has successfully completed on-water trials of its indigenous amphibious aircraft (AF600 or Kunlong) designed for search and rescue missions, which can also be used to transport troops and supplies in disputed waterways. The aircraft recently carried out its first water taxiing trials on a reservoir in central...

Cadre Review: Lean and Mean Indian Army

Cadre Review: Lean and Mean Indian Army

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat on June 21 ordered a long awaited cadre review of the 1.2 million strong Indian Army to cover wide ranging issues including cutting of 1,50,000 troops in the next four to five years to sharpen the Army’s effectiveness, prepare to defend two pronged offensive from...

Army: Caught between Devil and deep blue sea

Army: Caught between Devil and deep blue sea

The Indian Army, as the most disciplined and organized force in the country, carries out every task with complete commitment and to the best of its ability, besides winning wars. This involvement, as the last resort, is necessitated by the successive failures of civilian agencies in delivering results, be they building...

Lateral Entry in Defence (Finance)

Lateral Entry in Defence (Finance)

The Ministry of Defence is sui generis amongst all Ministries, as it has to provide the policy architecture to protect territorial integrity and sovereignty of India. Defence expenditure is the first charge of a budget, and being a ‘charged expenditure’, as per Article 112(3) of the Constitution it witnesses no...

Kashmir: Sustaining Insurgency

Kashmir: Sustaining Insurgency

Come January 2019, insurrection in Kashmir will turn thirty. How do we assess the present status of this insurgency in the Valley?  Indeed, insurgents are setting the narrative in Kashmir. A report compiled by the J&K Police, in August 2018, establishes this reality. Over the last decade, the number of active...

The politics of Panchayat elections in J&K

The politics of Panchayat elections in J&K

The time is closing in for holding of the Panchayat and local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir! It is a Key Result Area for newly appointed Governor, Satya Pal Malik, who has been given a specific mandate to revive the political process in the trouble torn state. Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir have always...

Safran collaborates with IEEE to set up an industry-academia next generation e-mobility centre at Bangalore

Safran collaborates with IEEE to set up an industry-academia next generation e-mobility centre at Bangalore

As part of its corporate social responsibility commitment, Safran Engineering Services India has signed a partnership with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, to set up a state of the art e-mobility...

Tata Motors to showcase its Indigenously Build Combat Vehicles at the BIMSTEC Nations Summit

Tata Motors to showcase its Indigenously Build Combat Vehicles at the BIMSTEC Nations Summit

To showcase India’s First Indigenous Wheeled Armoured Amphibious Infantry Combat Vehicles Supplied over 1.5 Lakh vehicles to the Indian Military, Para-military Forces and State Police forces till now Is the only Asian Company to offer a full range of wheeled Defence vehicles, including a combat range   Present across...

Maiden Mid-air Refueling Trial of LCA Successful

Maiden Mid-air Refueling Trial of LCA Successful

The Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas LSP8) has successfully completed the Wet (actual) engagement today by transferring 1900 Kgs fuel from IAF IL78 mid-air refueling tanker. The refueling was carried out at an altitude of 20000 ft.  The aircraft speed was 270 knots and all the internal tanks and drop tanks were refueled. A...

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Situation in J&K improving however, normalcy is still a distant dream

Situation in J&K improving however, normalcy is still a distant dream

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) witnessed a hike of more than 166 per cent in civilian causalities in 2017 from a year ago,...

Jammu & Kashmir: The Way Forward

Jammu & Kashmir: The Way Forward

“Kashmir is an integral part of India” is not a cliché, but a historical fact much before the happenings of...

India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution with Russia

India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution with Russia

The twice-postponed 2 plus 2 talks between India and the USA which brought the foreign and defence ministers of both countries together at one forum concluded on an upbeat note in New Delhi on September 6. This was welcome, given the anxiety which preceded the meeting and a sense that the divergences between the two nations on contentious issues such as Russia and Iran would muddy the...

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The love affair with Imran Khan is over, its back to business in Kashmir

The terror machinery operating from Pakistan has reactivated itself in a big way. The big words that he spoke of taking two steps forward if India takes one have proved to be just that – words. He has done nothing whatsoever to curb his wayward army and its nefarious arm of fundamentalist militants who keep the pot of terror boiling in Jammu and Kashmir. The last few days have witnessed a spike in terrorist activity. Infiltration attempts...

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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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Seminar on “Physical and Mental Issues of Disabled Soldiers”

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat looking at the exhibits for the disabled soldiers, at the...

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The Chief of Army Staff Nepal Army Visit

The Chief of Army Staff, Nepal Army, General Rajendra Chhetri meeting the Chief of Army Staff, General...

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