India is indeed their Motherland

India is indeed their Motherland

This 25th March a Gurdwara in Kabul was bathed in blood. Twenty five devotees were felled by their burst of bullets or blown up with explosives by Jihadis. Their undoing was their faith. It is not that Afghanistan’s history has not been embellished by Hindus and Sikhs, all through there has been a deep connect. There...

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

An increasingly assertive China on the global stage has a more than adequate arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). In military parlance, WMDs are weapons employed to wage nuclear, chemical and bacteriological(NBC) warfare and, if ever used,  have the capability to inflict horrendous casualties on the enemy. On...

Drone Swarms as Air Defence Systems

Drone Swarms as Air Defence Systems

In a major instance of failure of air defence systems, the Saudi Arabia failed to protect its Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities when Houthi rebels launched 18 drones and seven cruise missiles against the two facilities on 14 September 2019. While the drones struck Abqaiq, the cruise missiles fell short and did not hit...

India is indeed their Motherland

India is indeed their Motherland

This 25th March a Gurdwara in Kabul was bathed in blood. Twenty five devotees were felled by their burst of bullets or blown up with explosives by Jihadis. Their undoing was their faith. It is not that Afghanistan’s history has not been embellished by Hindus and Sikhs, all through there has been a deep connect. There...

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

An increasingly assertive China on the global stage has a more than adequate arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). In military parlance, WMDs are weapons employed to wage nuclear, chemical and bacteriological(NBC) warfare and, if ever used,  have the capability to inflict horrendous casualties on the enemy. On...

The cost of ‘buying’ peace in Waziristan

The cost of ‘buying’ peace in Waziristan

Those involved in anti-terrorism operations ultimately learn to accept the inevitability of lives and limbs being lost in gunfights and bombings. Accordingly, the Pakistan army will soon get over the shock of last week’s encounter involving terrorists belonging to Muqami Tehrik-e-Taliban (MTT) led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur...

Drone Swarms as Air Defence Systems

Drone Swarms as Air Defence Systems

In a major instance of failure of air defence systems, the Saudi Arabia failed to protect its Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities when Houthi rebels launched 18 drones and seven cruise missiles against the two facilities on 14 September 2019. While the drones struck Abqaiq, the cruise missiles fell short and did not hit...

Innovator and Startup Woes which Government Must Address

Innovator and Startup Woes which Government Must Address

On March 15, 2020, a firm in Turkey unveiled its ES-60 Electromagnetic Anti Drone Gun, designed to inflict high-speed electromagnetic interference to disrupt communications between drones and their control units and cause enemy devices to malfunction.  Weighing just 2.5 kg, its effective range to combat rogue drones is...

Your Lordships should Trust the Wisdom of Armed Forces

Your Lordships should Trust the Wisdom of Armed Forces

In a recent judgement, Your Lordships have directed the government to extend permanent commissions and command postings to women in the Indian Navy. Your asseveration is that by not doing so, ‘level playing field’ is being denied to the women personnel. At the outset, it is submitted that the very word ‘level’...

The Sirens Must Wail Again

The Sirens Must Wail Again

The sound of sirens last heard in 1971 have been conspicuous by their silence. Thank God! But then again, was it not the sound of sirens which sent everyone scrambling, running to shelters, switching lights off for black outs and alerts! A practice tried and tested in the Country but not heard for long. Emergencies &...

Maoists Raise Stakes

Maoists Raise Stakes

Starting with the then Union Home Minister in 2010 stating that the Maoists insurgency will be over in next 3-4 years, which his successors too echoed, it appears that we continue to deliberately ignore ground realities instead of recognizing the signals and evolving effective responses conforming to the changing...

Kashmir Summer 2020

Kashmir Summer 2020

The nation waits with bated breath the summer of 2020 in Kashmir. This summer is going to be different from the past summers in many ways. It would be the first summer after the epoch making decision of the Modi government on 05 August, 2019 to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A and subsequent reorganisation of the state. It...

India-US Space Cooperation Envisaged on Trump visit

India-US Space Cooperation Envisaged on Trump visit

The United States and India, both major space powers, have long worked together on civil space efforts but have not done much with regards to security-space-cooperation. According to Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation, “This is a real missed opportunity, as each country has a lot to...

Marginal Increase in Defence Budget Could Mar Modernisation

Marginal Increase in Defence Budget Could Mar Modernisation

The disappointing part is that there has been a very marginal increase in the capital outlay for defence for 2020-21 as compared to the budget estimates and revised estimates of 2019-20, which will affect several big-ticket projects of the defence forces that are being done for building capabilities against our two...

Drones: A Game Changer in Future Conflict

Drones: A Game Changer in Future Conflict

Drones have been called “the ultimate military growth industry”. Air, naval and land forces everywhere are striving to acquire these platforms. Herein lies the danger; thanks to advanced armed drones, aggression is becoming pain-free. Practically every military that has inducted UCAVs has sought to purchase even...

Interviews / Spotlight

On Kabul Gurudwara Carnage and Media Insensitivity

On Kabul Gurudwara Carnage and Media Insensitivity

Wednesday’s carnage at Gurudwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul that left 25 Sikh worshippers dead was a despicable act...

Beijing’s Bio Bomb

Beijing’s Bio Bomb

If China’s conscience was clear, it would not have blocked discussion on COVID-19 in the United Nations. Even its...

Indian Army's quiet, efficient, disciplined response to Corona Virus sets an example for the nation

Indian Army's quiet, efficient, disciplined response to Corona Virus sets an example for the nation

COVID-19, more popularly known as Corona Virus has posed the biggest challenge in centuries upon the human population of the earth. Its rapid spread from China to the rest of the world is leading to a breakdown of health infrastructures of entire Nations while others like India are grappling with the challenge of containing its spread. The Indian Army has always stood as a sentinel of the...

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Understanding the Political Perspectives of the Jammu and Kashmir War (1947-48)

“On 12th and 13th December 1948, the Indian Air Force bombed a Pakistani military stores and ammunition dump at Palak, situated between Kotli and Mirpur. These activities appeared to have added a new dimension of reality to the already existing Pakistani fears of a major Indian offensive…… A counter-offensive to disrupt the Indian line if communication had now become an active option. Operation Venus was conceived and designed to...

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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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