Oil - Gainers and Losers

Oil - Gainers and Losers

Introduction ​A fluctuation in the world oil market manifests itself on nations in a myriad of ways; an increase in the price leads to inflation in the oil-importing nations, whereas the oil exporters laugh all the way to the banks; the reverse occurs when oil prices drop! Since 2014, oil price have been...

Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability?

Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability?

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is slowly but surely turning out to be an area where there would be or perhaps there already is a conflict of interest between China and India. At the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, the outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao had stated, “China will resolutely...

Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

Preamble The impact of history, geographic position, culture, political system and myriad other factors on strategic and military decision makers is essential to draw comprehensive and complete conclusions. Nations often take actions that have very little to do with a rational calculation of their strategic interests;...

Oil - Gainers and Losers

Oil - Gainers and Losers

Introduction ​A fluctuation in the world oil market manifests itself on nations in a myriad of ways; an increase in the price leads to inflation in the oil-importing nations, whereas the oil exporters laugh all the way to the banks; the reverse occurs when oil prices drop! Since 2014, oil price have been...

Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability?

Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability?

The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is slowly but surely turning out to be an area where there would be or perhaps there already is a conflict of interest between China and India. At the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party, the outgoing Chinese President Hu Jintao had stated, “China will resolutely...

Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

Preamble The impact of history, geographic position, culture, political system and myriad other factors on strategic and military decision makers is essential to draw comprehensive and complete conclusions. Nations often take actions that have very little to do with a rational calculation of their strategic interests;...

Soldiers Fall Victim to Unrelenting Slander

Soldiers Fall Victim to Unrelenting Slander

Nothing could have been more sordid, slanderous or shocking than the unprecedented attack on the Army in a prime time debate on a popular English news channel. It marks the murkiest depths to which mainstream journalism could have sunk in recent years. On January 13, a few disgruntled and retired NCOs leveled grave and...

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

The Aviation Arm of the Indian Army today is nowhere near the one envisaged in 1963 or as has been projected in the Indian Army’s perspective plans over the years and lacks some vital elements in its inventory related to firepower, lift and logistics capability. It is indeed a far cry from the Aviation Corps of the...

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies MiG-21 type-96 solo at a Forward Base

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies MiG-21 type-96 solo at a Forward Base

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is on a visit to Air Force Station, Utarlai from 12 to 14 January 2017. This is his first visit to a forward operational base as the Chief of the Air Staff. The Air Chief Marshal flew MiG-21 Type-96 aircraft solo, which is the oldest fighter fleet in the IAF...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

Analysing international relations, issues related to security, strategy, defence and geo-politics is not a child’s play that anyone can do. One needs a solid understanding of international relations and its theories in order to try and explain stuff that happens globally. Theories are important because they are not...

Indians against India

Indians against India

Kolkatta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Historically, Kolkatta has been the prime impetus of the freedom movement and the cultural renaissance of India. People who sacrificed and suffered most physically and mentally for liberation of India were from West Bengal. They did not necessarily belong to a...

Why and how are West Pakistan Refugees suffering and what is way Forward

Why and how are West Pakistan Refugees suffering and what is way Forward

The separatist leadership of Kashmir Valley called for protests because of the State Government’s decision to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPR) who have been denied citizenship rights in J&K for over six decades. Who are West Pakistan Refugees? They are mostly Hindus and Sikhs (app 70%...

Khanderi: The Second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ Class Stealth Submarine

Khanderi: The Second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ Class Stealth Submarine

Khanderi, the second of Indian Navy’s Scorpene’ class stealth submarine, was ‘launched’ by the Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Dr Subhash Bhamre paving the way for her sea trials. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff and a host of other dignitaries witnessed the launch at Mazagon Dock Shipyard Limited on...

F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

Background In 2007, MoD (Ministry of Defence) issued a tender to purchase 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA procurement programme). Objective of this procurement was to bridge the gap between a light fighter (MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 etc and LCA Tejas) and heavy duty fighter Su-30. Six fighter aircraft (F-16...

The FICV Saga – Another Hiccup or Are We Serious?

The FICV Saga – Another Hiccup or Are We Serious?

In April 2012, the media was abuzz about government having opened the doors for private players to bid for a project to build the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV). Four companies were in the fray – Tata Motors, Mahindra Defence Systems, L&T and the government owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). All the four...

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Towards Power Sufficiency and Power Parity in Afghanistan

Towards Power Sufficiency and Power Parity in Afghanistan

Ravaged by decades of violent conflicts, Afghanistan today finds itself treading a difficult path towards sustainable and effective reconstruction and redevelopment. In its attempt to rebuild the country on all fronts, Afghanistan recognizes that availability of sufficient power and its equitable distribution is both a...

Social Media: The New Shoot and Scoot Weapon

Social Media: The New Shoot and Scoot Weapon

Social Media, it seems, is the new weapon of choice for those who seek attention of their...

 
Grievance Redressal Systems In Defence Forces Need Fixing, And Urgently

Grievance Redressal Systems In Defence Forces Need Fixing, And Urgently

In my opinion, no organisation, the uniformed services included, is beyond scrutiny. And with...

 
2017...A Year of the Media

2017...A Year of the Media

The first fortnight of the new year has been rather sedate; what with the northern hemisphere...

Post Sanctions Iran - Deal or a Deal Breaker for India?

Post Sanctions Iran - Deal or a Deal Breaker for India?

China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, of building rail, road and pipelines...

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NCC Republic Day Parade 2017

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat reviewing the NCC Republic Day Parade 2017, in New Delhi on...

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 Army Day

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi presents certificates to innovators in the Indian Army, on the occasion...

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The Chief of Army Staff visiting Jammu & Kashmir

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visiting Jammu & Kashmir on a three-day tour, on January 05,...

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Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar along with the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh,...

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Armed Forces Flag Day

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Officers of the Kendriya Sainik Board, on the occasion of the...

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