Defence Policy: Preparing for the unknown

Defence Policy: Preparing for the unknown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first address to the combined commander’s conference went beyond the inane utterances that one has got used to in the last few years. Mostly, such meetings were addressed by reading out of a scripted message prepared by the Ministry of Defence. The proceedings used to be low in...

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

A ‘heavy breakthrough capability’ in India’s context relates to having the capability to reach objectives up to 600km in depth, should the political circumstances impose war on our nation. Our democratic set up will never allow India to become the aggressor, as the people’s support will never be available for...

The 1962 lessons

The 1962 lessons

China invaded India in 1962. Though there is a view that the exact date of invasion was October 10, the most acceptable one is October 20, 1962. The war ended on November 19, 1962, following the unilateral Chinese withdrawal. The one-month long war saw India’s humiliation and territorial gains by China. Over the last...

Road Parallel to the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh

Road Parallel to the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh

The announcement by the Government to construct an 1800 km long road running parallel to the LAC in Arunachal Pradesh (AP) is a purposive step but specious at best and is likely to remain a pipe-dream for a long time to come. In 1997-98 there was a determined move by the then NDA government displaying a purposeful...

Geopolitics of falling Oil Prices

Geopolitics of falling Oil Prices

Reputations are made and destroyed in the oil industry for those hazarding educated estimates of where the oil price is headed. Remember the prediction that oil price is headed to $200 per barrel? Each $10 decrease in oil price reduces India’s Current Account Deficit (CAD) by $10bn. Front month oil price yesterday...

Gaza and the Israeli Intervention

Gaza and the Israeli Intervention

In recent days we have been witness to live television coverage that made us all unwilling, but nonetheless, active participants in what could only be called mass murder of innocents in that benighted piece of desert known as the Gaza strip. While focus has obviously shifted due to the prevailing situation with the...

Defence Policy: Preparing for the unknown

Defence Policy: Preparing for the unknown

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first address to the combined commander’s conference went beyond the inane utterances that one has got used to in the last few years. Mostly, such meetings were addressed by reading out of a scripted message prepared by the Ministry of Defence. The proceedings used to be low in...

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

A ‘heavy breakthrough capability’ in India’s context relates to having the capability to reach objectives up to 600km in depth, should the political circumstances impose war on our nation. Our democratic set up will never allow India to become the aggressor, as the people’s support will never be available for...

The 1962 lessons

The 1962 lessons

China invaded India in 1962. Though there is a view that the exact date of invasion was October 10, the most acceptable one is October 20, 1962. The war ended on November 19, 1962, following the unilateral Chinese withdrawal. The one-month long war saw India’s humiliation and territorial gains by China. Over the last...

Is West Bengal becoming a new jihadi terror hub?

Is West Bengal becoming a new jihadi terror hub?

For several months, senior operatives of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) quietly slipped into India to visit seven madrasas across three West Bengal border districts to build a robust network before the October 2 Burdwan blast exposed a growing terror plot. The literature recovered from the Burdwan house also...

ISIS Flags in Kashmir: Dangers ensconced in mass appeal

ISIS Flags in Kashmir: Dangers ensconced in mass appeal

On Oct 14, Indians were shocked by the visuals on their television sets of a stone pelting ritual in Srinagar. An event generally played out after the Friday prayers, however this time occurring on a Tuesday. This not being the only difference, the stone palters also waved Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) flags...

Why ISIS should torment Omar Abdullah?

Why ISIS should torment Omar Abdullah?

On October 10, masked men hoisted the ISIS flag in Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid. This incident followed the Friday prayers. A similar incident had taken place on October 6, wherein some youth waved the ISIS flag after Eid prayers. Three months earlier on June 27, some youth were seen carrying the same flag Friday...

Boeing Delivers 18th P-8A Poseidon to the US Navy

Boeing Delivers 18th P-8A Poseidon to the US Navy

Boeing delivered the 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the U.S. Navy ahead of schedule October 14, where it joined other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and was Boeing’s fifth delivery this year. “We’re proud to...

Rolls-Royce advance and Ultrafan CTi Fan Blade flies for the first time

Rolls-Royce advance and Ultrafan CTi Fan Blade flies for the first time

The Rolls-Royce composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade for the Advance and UltraFan™ engine designs has taken to the skies for the first time, marking another milestone for the programme. A set of the CTi fan blades successfully completed a first flight incorporated into a Trent 1000 “donor” engine, on a...

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Successful implementation of the new redesigned shaft on first EC225s/EC725s

Airbus Helicopters is working alongside operators of its EC225 and EC725 aircraft to implement the final step of its proven solution: the retrofit of the worldwide EC225/EC725 fleet with the redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft, which was certified in April of this year. Since the previous safety measures were put in...

Interviews / Spotlight

Threat or Use of Force with Special Focus on Interventions and Invasions

Threat or Use of Force with Special Focus on Interventions and Invasions

 The international law realm has for some time struggled with two distinct and contrary legal principles: state sovereignty, and humanitarian justice. It had been almost a truism of international law for centuries that non-intervention of state sovereignty superseded humanitarian intervention before it. That view,...

Colonel Commandants: An Archaic and Parochial Institution

Colonel Commandants: An Archaic and Parochial Institution

The concept of Colonel Commandants (Col Comdts) dates back to the 17th century when Colonels...

 
Repatriation of Pak POWs 1973

Repatriation of Pak POWs 1973

It was by some strange coincidence that I met her, the lady in the green silk saree. I...

 
The Rajapaksa Model of Combating Terror

The Rajapaksa Model of Combating Terror

Mahinda Rajapaksa, President, Sri Lanka spoke to VK Shashikumar of the Indian Defence Review on...

India's Strategic Missiles

India's Strategic Missiles

The Agni series of strategic missiles were developed as part of Integrated Guided Missile...

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PM’s address at the Combined Commanders Conference

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi posing for a group photo with the Union Minister for Finance,...

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Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Marshal of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh during Air Force Day celebration at Air House on 08 Oct 14.

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meets the Marshal of the Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Arjan Singh...

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The Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, Mr. W. James McNerney meeting the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

The Chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company, Mr. W. James McNerney meeting the Prime Minister, Shri...

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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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