China’s Finger Problem – will President Xi cure?

China’s Finger Problem – will President Xi cure?

The Maurya Empire of India was one of the largest empires of its time. At the pinnacle of its glory, this empire stretched to the north right up to the natural boundaries of the Himalayas and to the west right beyond Baluchistan to the Hindu Kush Mountains of what is present day Afghanistan. The Empire included...

Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

“Poor Kashmir, it lies in the Himalayan ramparts where the borders of India, Pakistan and China rub together. Reality mocks its beauty. There is no escaping the permeating meloncholy of a land that lies under the gun.” — Trevor Fishlock Kashmir’s ‘locational’ relevance for India, China and Pakistan has...

Quest for the Golden Hind

Quest for the Golden Hind

The Indian military might today is at its nadir with neither vision nor drive to achieve quantifiable goals. The Indian Army has become similar to a national ‘militia’, good only in numbers but lacking in punch or strong logistics backing. More than two decades of focus on counter insurgency and the deceptive...

China’s Finger Problem – will President Xi cure?

China’s Finger Problem – will President Xi cure?

The Maurya Empire of India was one of the largest empires of its time. At the pinnacle of its glory, this empire stretched to the north right up to the natural boundaries of the Himalayas and to the west right beyond Baluchistan to the Hindu Kush Mountains of what is present day Afghanistan. The Empire included...

Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

“Poor Kashmir, it lies in the Himalayan ramparts where the borders of India, Pakistan and China rub together. Reality mocks its beauty. There is no escaping the permeating meloncholy of a land that lies under the gun.” — Trevor Fishlock Kashmir’s ‘locational’ relevance for India, China and Pakistan has...

Wahhabism in South Asia

Wahhabism in South Asia

A few decades ago, a few Muslims followed this brand ofIslam in South Asia, but after the advent of al-Qaeda, Wahhabism spread and Militant Islamist groups spread the theology of Wahhabism, which justified severe punishments, such as beheading and stoning to death of people who did not strictly follow the Sharia. The...

Quest for the Golden Hind

Quest for the Golden Hind

The Indian military might today is at its nadir with neither vision nor drive to achieve quantifiable goals. The Indian Army has become similar to a national ‘militia’, good only in numbers but lacking in punch or strong logistics backing. More than two decades of focus on counter insurgency and the deceptive...

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Changes would provide a boost to defence preparedness, usher in an RMA, evolve requisite strategies and policies including for national security, response to asymmetric war, defence procurements, R&D, technology acquisition and reorganising the defence-industrial base. Development and economic progress are undoubtedly...

“...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...

Al-Qaeda set to burn the Ganga Post 2014

Al-Qaeda set to burn the Ganga Post 2014

The year 2014 is very important to many of us, in the Indian sub-continent for some reason or other. The importance of which is being discussed on the television, the radio and in the print media at length as to what will happen in Afghanistan after the Americans pull out, and many other questions which will effect...

Fight alienation and not AFSPA

Fight alienation and not AFSPA

Periodically Omar Abdullah demands abrogation of AFSPA from certain areas of the state of J and K. He claims that there is complete peace in these areas and therefore there is little justification for continuing with this law .These periodic out bursts against AFSPA and the demand for its removal appears to be a...

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,...

Artillery Modernisation: A Reality Check

Artillery Modernisation: A Reality Check

With changes in policy clearly stating that in all future acquisitions of defence equipment, the first priority would be given to Indian companies both private and public, a number of private companies such as L&T, Bharat Forge, Mahindra Defence Systems, Tata Powers and Punj Lloyd have taken the plunge and are forging...

MKU introduces 6th Generation ballistic protection technology

MKU introduces 6th Generation ballistic protection technology

MKU, a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and platforms has introduced the new 6th Generation ballistic protection technology Ammoflex – 6 and Polyshield – 6  that help to reduce the weight and thickness of personal body armour by 40%. This reduction not only increases the agility and...

Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India

Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India

Boeing delivered the fifth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft to India, on schedule, on Sept. 9 as part of a contract for eight aircraft to support the Indian Navy’s maritime patrol requirements. The aircraft arrived at Naval Air Station Rajali, after a flight from Seattle’s Boeing Field, and joined the four previously...

Interviews / Spotlight

Capture of Dacca 1971

Capture of Dacca 1971

Background to the Battle Dacca the Capital of East Pakistan was a natural fortress well away from the borders with India. On the west it was protected by the formidable Jamuna, which after its confluence with Padma was a very formidable water obstacle indeed. On the east was the formidable Meghna. The northern...

SAM Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline

SAM Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Lecture at Defence Services College, Wellington on Leadership...

 
Nepal is the new Chinese colony

Nepal is the new Chinese colony

The Chinese are slowly invading Nepal. Last month, AFP reported that ‘China eyes India trade...

 
Elusive Peace in West Africa and Sahel

Elusive Peace in West Africa and Sahel

The Sahel is a word derived from the Arabic word ‘Sahil’ meaning shore. The region,...

Israel's Threat Perception

Israel's Threat Perception

Israel’s geo-political location is a security nightmare for Israeli defence planners, given...

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Air Chief visit to the United Kingdom

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) meeting his counterpart Air Chief Marshal Sir...

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INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai

INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai. INS Sumitra is the first major ship being based...

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INS Kamorta commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette ‘INS Kamorta’ was commissioned on...

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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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