Modi-Xi Mamallapuram Summit

Modi-Xi Mamallapuram Summit

Following up on the first informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan in China during April 2018, the second informal summit between the two leaders was held at Mamallapuram on October 11-12. Ironically the summit came amidst fresh tensions in the India-China bilateral...

Responding to War and Warfare in the Sixth Wave of Innovation (2020-2045)

Responding to War and Warfare in the Sixth Wave of Innovation (2020-2045)

We are in a re-polarising world reflected in a strategic superpower competition between the US and China in an unfathomable cyberspace and digital-economy territory that will give rise to new type of bipolar world. Further, the world economy is going through a new creative destruction driven by things becoming nano,...

Impeachment proceedings on Trump and its impact on India and on global stage

Impeachment proceedings on Trump and its impact on India and on global stage

The Constitution of United States of America provides an authority to the Congress to impeach and remove the President and other civil officers upon a determination that such officers have engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. What triggered the issue? President Donald Trump has now become...

Modi-Xi Mamallapuram Summit

Modi-Xi Mamallapuram Summit

Following up on the first informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping at Wuhan in China during April 2018, the second informal summit between the two leaders was held at Mamallapuram on October 11-12. Ironically the summit came amidst fresh tensions in the India-China bilateral...

Responding to War and Warfare in the Sixth Wave of Innovation (2020-2045)

Responding to War and Warfare in the Sixth Wave of Innovation (2020-2045)

We are in a re-polarising world reflected in a strategic superpower competition between the US and China in an unfathomable cyberspace and digital-economy territory that will give rise to new type of bipolar world. Further, the world economy is going through a new creative destruction driven by things becoming nano,...

Impeachment proceedings on Trump and its impact on India and on global stage

Impeachment proceedings on Trump and its impact on India and on global stage

The Constitution of United States of America provides an authority to the Congress to impeach and remove the President and other civil officers upon a determination that such officers have engaged in treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors. What triggered the issue? President Donald Trump has now become...

Honouring Braves and Sleeping with Terrorists

Honouring Braves and Sleeping with Terrorists

Indian-American Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, posted as Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, was shot dead on September 28 while on duty. According to a senior police officer, Dhaliwal, who was in his early 40s, died after being shot multiple times from behind in a “ruthless, cold-blooded way” during a traffic stop in the US state...

The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

The Indian Air Force had issued a “Request for Information” (RFI) for 126 MMRCA in 2001. After much dilly-dallying, for almost two years beyond the planned December 2005 issue date, the MoD finally announced a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) in Aug 2007, once the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had granted the...

India takes delivery of first Rafale in France on Air Force Day

India takes delivery of first Rafale in France on Air Force Day

On the auspicious day of Indian Air Force, 8th October, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in Mérignac, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale final assembly facility. The event was placed under the high patronage of the...

Defence against Drones

Defence against Drones

The Houthi drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Abaqiq and Khurais oil facilities on September 14 have once again brought forth the deadly dimension of this type of disruptive threat. Not that this was the first instance of swarm drone attack. It was covered in these columns earlier that in 2018, there were periodic...

The Relevance of Geography and History in the Maritime Domain

The Relevance of Geography and History in the Maritime Domain

Command Her! If you can’t command her, control her. If you can’t control her, dominate her. If you can’t dominate her, maintain presence and deny her to others. Oh! The sea is a wild child! — Anonymous Geopolitics emerged towards the fag end of the 19th century at a time when the international system was...

Terror’s Third Dimension

Terror’s Third Dimension

In a recent bid to revive militancy in Punjab, Pakistan has tried to smuggle in arms and ammunition from across the border, in multiple sorties using drones. The cargo was meant for the Khalistan Zindabad Force – a proscribed organisation.  Intelligence was a tad late in getting this information on time. Had it not...

The Way Ahead: Making India Self Reliant in Defence

The Way Ahead: Making India Self Reliant in Defence

On May 31, 2017, in a major policy reform intended to promote ‘Make in India’ in defence manufacturing, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced the much-anticipated Strategic Partnership model for the Indian private sector. The model, whose concept was first suggested by the Dhirendra Singh Committee in its July...

Sustaining Air Defence Weapon Systems: Facing the Challenge Here and Now

Sustaining Air Defence Weapon Systems: Facing the Challenge Here and Now

If there is one challenge that stares insurmountably in the face of Air Defence warriors today, it is the challenge of sustaining and keeping alive, guns, missiles, sensors and Battle Management Systems that are 40 to 50 years old. With the cumulative percentage of obsolescence of all Ground Based Air Defence Weapon...

L&T-built 51st defence vessel ICGS Varahawas commissioned into the service of Indian Coast Guard

L&T-built 51st defence vessel ICGS Varahawas commissioned into the service of Indian Coast Guard

ICGS Varaha the 4thOffshore Patrol Vessel commissioned into Indian Coast Guard All fourOPVs built & designed in-house by L&T are delivered ahead of schedule Fifth OPV will soon be ready for sea-trials L&T-built 51st defence vessel ICGS Varahawas commissioned into the service of Indian Coast Guard today at the hands of...

Interviews / Spotlight

The Final Nail in the Coffin of Pakistani Manipulations in J&K

The Final Nail in the Coffin of Pakistani Manipulations in J&K

Network and landline connections in Jammu and Kashmir, that have remained restricted in parts since 05 August this...

Indian Al Qaeda Boss Killed, Highlighting Growing Problem

Indian Al Qaeda Boss Killed, Highlighting Growing Problem

Al Qaeda on the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) chief Asim Umar was killed in an air strike in Afghanistan that was...

Kashmir: Time to smell the coffee

Kashmir: Time to smell the coffee

There is a lot of talk about widespread dissatisfaction within the state of Jammu and Kashmir, especially in the Kashmir Valley, with regard to the reorganisation of the state into two manageable Union Territories and the annulment of Article 370 that has been carried out with the intention of mainstreaming the region in line with the rest of the country. As the time to implement these...

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India and France 'Reliable Partners'

Remember the months before the legislative elections, L’Affaire Rafale was everyday in the news, thanks to the then leader of Opposition, who alleged hanky-panky in the intergovernmental deal signed between India and France for acquiring 36 off-the-shelf Rafale multi-role fighter planes.  The day the campaign was over, no line of negative writing has appeared in the media. Of course, l’Affaire was just an electoral plank, with no...

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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria reviewing the Guard of Honour at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhavan), on taking...

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Union Minister for Defence onboard the INS Vikramaditya

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh onboard the INS Vikramaditya, the biggest ship of Indian...

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CAS flies with Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman at Air Force Station Pathankot

Glimpses of a sortie of Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff...

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‘Samritika’ War Memorial, Lucknow

The Union Minister for Defence, Rajnath Singh paying homage at ‘Samritika’ War Memorial, in Lucknow on...

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National War Memorial to ignite mashal of Victory Flame of Kargil War

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat taking flame from the eternal flame of Amar Jawan at National...

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