On Republic Day spare a thought for the Indian soldier

On Republic Day spare a thought for the Indian soldier

India gained independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. At that stage, the country was governed under the provisions of the Government of India Act, 1935. On 29 August 1947, a resolution was moved by the Constituent Assembly for the appointment of a committee to present the draft for a permanent Constitution. An...

Joe Biden’s America and India

Joe Biden’s America and India

The inaugural speech of the POTUS Joe Biden was heard world over. He spoke of democracy prevailing despite being fragile, most difficult times with the pandemic affecting the economy, and the need to unite and rebuild America in face of extremism and terrorism of many kinds.  While the focus of his speech was the US,...

On India’s ‘Agents’ and ‘Armed Proxies’ in Pakistan

On India’s ‘Agents’ and ‘Armed Proxies’ in Pakistan

During his visit to the Headquarters of Pakistan army’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence in September 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had opined that “ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as the best intelligence agency of the world.” However,subsequent assertions of Khan, his advisors and party...

On Republic Day spare a thought for the Indian soldier

On Republic Day spare a thought for the Indian soldier

India gained independence from British rule on 15 August 1947. At that stage, the country was governed under the provisions of the Government of India Act, 1935. On 29 August 1947, a resolution was moved by the Constituent Assembly for the appointment of a committee to present the draft for a permanent Constitution. An...

Joe Biden’s America and India

Joe Biden’s America and India

The inaugural speech of the POTUS Joe Biden was heard world over. He spoke of democracy prevailing despite being fragile, most difficult times with the pandemic affecting the economy, and the need to unite and rebuild America in face of extremism and terrorism of many kinds.  While the focus of his speech was the US,...

On India’s ‘Agents’ and ‘Armed Proxies’ in Pakistan

On India’s ‘Agents’ and ‘Armed Proxies’ in Pakistan

During his visit to the Headquarters of Pakistan army’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence in September 2018, Prime Minister Imran Khan had opined that “ISI is our first line of defence and stands out as the best intelligence agency of the world.” However,subsequent assertions of Khan, his advisors and party...

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Challenges Before Theatre Commands

Will the year 2021 see the realisation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat’s proposed road¬map for the restructuring of the Indian Armed Forces into five distinct ‘Theatre commands’? This is, indeed, a radical reform-proposal pertaining to our armed forces. And as has been the case with every...

Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

Equipment Capability Gaps: Its Impact on Mission Outcomes

“In the 21st century, leaders who lack sufficient technical know – how, function at a marked disadvantage. An officer or a soldier who feels insecure about even a small portion of his weapon, will not be able to meet with the rapidly changing conditions of modern day combat. An Army that feels it possesses the...

Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

Impact of 1965 War on Pakistan

Pakistan Army realised the vulnerability of East Pakistan, with its 4100 Km border with India and defended by a weak division with only two effective brigades – even though it was never attacked by India. At hindsight, the Indian decision not to activate the eastern front paid dividends in the 1971 War. Had India...

Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

Kashmiri Pandits offered three choices by Radical Islamists

On Jan, 04, 1990, a local Urdu newspaper, Aftab, published a press release issued by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, asking all Pandits to leave the Valley immediately. Al Safa, another local daily repeated the warning.These warnings were followed by Kalashnikov-wielding masked Jehadis carrying out military-type marches openly....

Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

Indo-Pacific: An Emerging Outlook for the 21st Century

Strategically located in the Indian Ocean, India was a flourishing economic and cultural centre from the dawn of civilisation. As historian KM Panikkar in his seminal work ‘India and the Indian Ocean’, brought out, “Millenniums before Columbus sailed the Atlantic and Magellan crossed the Pacific, the Indian Ocean...

Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

Harnessing Youth Power in Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir has suffered tremendously in the shadow of the gun for the last almost three decades. Violence hit the youth of the region most of all. Their education and development suffered since families were engrossed in the day to day challenge of survival. As a result, they lost out on employment opportunities...

FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

FDI in Defence Manufacturing-26-49-100 Percent

There are times when a nation is blessed with decisive leadership, which can take bold policy initiatives that would benefit future generations. In the budget of 2014, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in defence production was increased from the then 26 percent to 49 percent. There was noticeable excitement amongst the...

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces awards Rosoboronexport with Certificate of Honor

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces awards Rosoboronexport with Certificate of Honor

In line with Order No. 1 of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin dated October 15, 2020, Rosoboronexport JSC (part of Rostec State Corporation) has been awarded the Certificate of Honor “For merit in strengthening the country’s defense capacity and developing...

Complexification and Public-Private Positioning in the Land Forces Armament Sector

Complexification and Public-Private Positioning in the Land Forces Armament Sector

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, restructuring has pervaded the land forces defense industry. Without the needs demanded by such a threat, a transformation precipitated in the Western industrial apparatus. Land defense systems have become increasingly complex, while economic conditions have altered the industry...

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Theatre Commands – A Conceptual Approach

Theatre Commands – A Conceptual Approach

What should Theatre Commands essentially be? There is little information on the on-going deliberations regarding...

Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

Kashmiri Pandits: The Longest Night

Here is an eye witness account of that night by Capt S.K. Tikoo (Retd), who along with his family experienced the...

Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP Levels

Decline of a Superpower – Trump brings down the US to the Bihar-Bengal-UP Levels

We do not have to be admirers or students of Edward Gibbon when we look at the events across the Atlantic in the last four years, as President Trump and his Republican Party cohorts almost managed to make their country implode. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the meticulous research and studies undertaken by this great scholar on the decline and fall of the once-invincible...

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Farce Behind Pakistan’s FATF Actions

Pakistan goes into sleep mode on actions against global terrorism immediately after Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meetings. As the next review appears, its courts and security agencies move on an overdrive sentencing terrorists and locating those which it has declared as missing. All these actions, just prior to any FATF meetings are aimed at hoodwinking the global agency. On the contrary, Pak foreign office spokespersons claim they are...

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Occasion of Army Day 2021

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund...

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Occasion of Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh releasing a logo at the National War Memorial, on the...

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Combined Graduation Parade of Autumn

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh witnessing the Combined Graduation Parade of Autumn term, at...

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Shastra Puja at Sukna War Memorial, in Darjeeling

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh performs Shastra Puja at Sukna War Memorial, in Darjeeling,...

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Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh along with the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram...

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