Democracy and Freedom in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Democracy and Freedom in Post-Soviet Central Asia

In the words of Central Asian expert, Arne Seifert, “Authoritarian regimes, “clan-bureaucratic” capitalism, high levels of socio-economic inequality and social exclusion, precarious living conditions for large proportions of the population, the coexistence of traditional and modern socialization and value...

Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

This year the First Nine Gorkha Rifles celebrates its bicentenary and it is natural that we remember all the men who contributed to make this Paltan one of the very best in the world. Every soldier has a ‘Hero’ in his life, a person who made the maximum impact on his life. Our Platan has no shortage of decorated...

Swati radar could be a game changer at the LoC

Swati radar could be a game changer at the LoC

The induction of Swati radar can be a game changer in the mountainous terrain of the LoC where Pakistan is at an advantage geographically. Usually, after firing artillery shells, the soldiers move the artillery guns so as to avoid detection. At the LoC, the mobility is limited due to the mountainous terrain, and...

Democracy and Freedom in Post-Soviet Central Asia

Democracy and Freedom in Post-Soviet Central Asia

In the words of Central Asian expert, Arne Seifert, “Authoritarian regimes, “clan-bureaucratic” capitalism, high levels of socio-economic inequality and social exclusion, precarious living conditions for large proportions of the population, the coexistence of traditional and modern socialization and value...

Bull in the China Shop: The Indian Army vs The PLA

Bull in the China Shop: The Indian Army vs The PLA

One would expect that the Indian armed forces, more than fifty years of their confrontation with the PLA, would be pretty knowledgeable not only about their organisational table, capabilities and weaknesses. Most importantly, since understanding of their operational doctrine, tactics and leadership techniques are...

Why Chabahar Deal is so Important for India?

Why Chabahar Deal is so Important for India?

The Chabahar deal is an extremely important strategic decision which would help India to get a transit route to Afghanistan and further to Central Asian region and beyond. This 500 million $ investment would give India a much wanted access to the region’s resources bypassing the land route via hostile Pakistan....

Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

Remembering a Hero in Bicentenary Year!

This year the First Nine Gorkha Rifles celebrates its bicentenary and it is natural that we remember all the men who contributed to make this Paltan one of the very best in the world. Every soldier has a ‘Hero’ in his life, a person who made the maximum impact on his life. Our Platan has no shortage of decorated...

Swati radar could be a game changer at the LoC

Swati radar could be a game changer at the LoC

The induction of Swati radar can be a game changer in the mountainous terrain of the LoC where Pakistan is at an advantage geographically. Usually, after firing artillery shells, the soldiers move the artillery guns so as to avoid detection. At the LoC, the mobility is limited due to the mountainous terrain, and...

Beyond the S-400 Triumf

Beyond the S-400 Triumf

The proposed acquisition of the S-400 Triumf will undoubtedly impact capability of the adversary in conducting air operations and will be a valuable constituent of the Indian air defence architecture. It is expected to enter service by 2020 and may complete induction in five to six years. The system has a place in the...

Islamic State Assault on India and Indian Islam

Islamic State Assault on India and Indian Islam

The unravelling of the Islamic State (IS) module in Lucknow following the operations by the Uttar Pradesh ATS is the tip of the iceberg. Amongst other incriminating material recovered from the encounter site, there was the railway network map of India. The operations were launched in wake of Bhopal-Ujjain train...

The Dirty Face of Defending Borders

The Dirty Face of Defending Borders

China’s Western Theatre Command is responsible for China’s border with Myanmar and thence running west to and including Afghanistan. The Border Guard Divisions are deployed to guard the entire length and they are directly under command the People’s liberation Army. At home we have the Indian Coast Guard looking...

Manipur Elections – why they are important this year

Manipur Elections – why they are important this year

The elections in Manipur next month have special significance not since this is year 2017 or because: the Naga bandh has been called off; Manipur is the main conduit for two-way drug trade with well oiled arrangements having political patronage; and, that the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) contesting...

Pilatus PC-12 NG in 2016 Best-Selling Turboprop Business Aircraft in the World

Pilatus PC-12 NG in 2016 Best-Selling Turboprop Business Aircraft in the World

Delivery of 91 PC-12 NG single engine turboprops in 2016 make it officially the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world. With 91 aircraft delivered to customers around the world in 2016, the PC-12 NG outpaced sales of all other individual models of turbine-powered business aircraft. In mid-2017,...

The Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy

The Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy

The submarine arm of the Indian Navy is in its 50th year of existence. From a small force of Foxtrot class, it leapfrogged into high tech boats in just 25 years of its coming into being. By then it had also made forays into operating a nuclear submarine and internalised its nuances and discipline, which is quite a...

Tata Advanced Systems and Raytheon to co-produce Stinger missile components

Tata Advanced Systems and Raytheon to co-produce Stinger missile components

Raytheon[1] Company signed a memorandum of understanding with India’s Tata Advanced Systems Limited[2] (TASL) to engage in co-production of Stinger[3] air defense missile components. “Our agreement with Tata Advanced Systems deepens our industrial partnership in India with a global technology leader and will expand...

Interviews / Spotlight

Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

Examining the Case for Complete Transfer of Technology

A common refrain in the Indian defence sector is that all defence procurement contracts should contain the clause for full Transfer of Technology (ToT).1 India’s Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) itself mentions “comprehensive” ToT and “complete” ToT as a requirement in numerous places.2 The fact remains...

India's Aerospace Industry: In Privatisation Lies the Key

India's Aerospace Industry: In Privatisation Lies the Key

India made its debut entrance into the international air show circuit two decades ago with an...

 
Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

Dual Charge – An Opportunity to Fix Financial Management in Defence

In what is clearly a stop-gap arrangement, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is back to holding...

 
Should India be Playing the 'Taiwan Card' with China?

Should India be Playing the 'Taiwan Card' with China?

A three-member Taiwanese parliamentary delegation led by ruling Democratic Progressive Party...

Modi's Neighbourhood First Policy Must March on, With or Without Pakistan

Modi's Neighbourhood First Policy Must March on, With or Without Pakistan

When Narendra Modi took oath as the 14th Indian Prime Minister in May 2014, he made an...

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COAS Gen Bipin Rawat at Army Aviation Pavilion at Aero India 2017

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visiting the Army Aviation Pavilion, during the Aero India...

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COAS Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies the LCA Tejas at Aero India 2017

COAS Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies the LCA Tejas at Aero India 2017. Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief...

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68th Republic Day

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate, on the occasion of the...

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'Guard of Honour’, at the War Memorial in Indian Military Academy, Dehradun

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting the Tri-services ‘Guard of Honour’, at the War Memorial in...

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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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