Should Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s installation as Sri Lanka’s President worry India?

Should Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s installation as Sri Lanka’s President worry India?

Even though the recent election of Gotabaya Rajapaksha as the president of Sri Lanka has brought Indian anxieties to the fore (because of his pro-China leanings –and the leverage China has over India vis-à-vis Colombo’s cordiality quotient with Beijing –which, places it- much ahead of New Delhi, India is not that...

War against India by Professional Petitioners

War against India by Professional Petitioners

Recently, the Supreme Court after some length of time rejected the plea of professional petitioners with regard to the acquisition of Rafale aircraft. Also very recently an Indian journalist Sunanda Vashisht, a survivor of 1990 purge of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley had the opportunity to present her case in the US...

Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

It is unclear just how many combat squadrons the IAF effectively has because some of the 31 remaining squadrons will be withdrawn from service over the next few years. They probably do not measure up to the yardstick of 16 aircraft per squadron plus two to four as reserves and hence may have limited operational value....

Should Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s installation as Sri Lanka’s President worry India?

Should Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s installation as Sri Lanka’s President worry India?

Even though the recent election of Gotabaya Rajapaksha as the president of Sri Lanka has brought Indian anxieties to the fore (because of his pro-China leanings –and the leverage China has over India vis-à-vis Colombo’s cordiality quotient with Beijing –which, places it- much ahead of New Delhi, India is not that...

After Baghdadi What ?

After Baghdadi What ?

For 1300 years or so, the caliphs, or the “successors”, took pride in developing the Islamic community that the Prophet Muhammad had left behind. The Caliphs were far from being rigid and inflexible; while a few were Islamist, but they loved music (anathema to the IS); had a passion for not just reading the Koran and...

Nepal: More into Dragon’s Jaws

Nepal: More into Dragon’s Jaws

Post the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Nepal on October 12-13, a news item titled ‘Xi Jinping Defeated in Nepal, Threatens to Smash Opponents into Pieces’ created quite a flutter.  It elaborated that Xi wanted to sign an extradition treaty for Tibetan refugees in Nepal which Nepal refused and Xi...

Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

It is unclear just how many combat squadrons the IAF effectively has because some of the 31 remaining squadrons will be withdrawn from service over the next few years. They probably do not measure up to the yardstick of 16 aircraft per squadron plus two to four as reserves and hence may have limited operational value....

Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

According to media reports, the Indian Army is in the process of undergoing cadre restructuring. In the case of officers, two officers per battalion are being reduced, which will total up to an overall reduction of some 4,500 officers. In 1995, Japan’s Self Defense Forces went in for a 10% manpower cut across the...

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh – Part-2

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh – Part-2

Sagat’s talent for war reached its pinnacle in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He was the commander of 4 Corps based in Tripura and 4 Corps operations are a classic case study (and will remain so) for officers at every level in the chain of command. One wonders how did they manage to advance 110 miles in 13 days over 5 water...

War against India by Professional Petitioners

War against India by Professional Petitioners

Recently, the Supreme Court after some length of time rejected the plea of professional petitioners with regard to the acquisition of Rafale aircraft. Also very recently an Indian journalist Sunanda Vashisht, a survivor of 1990 purge of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley had the opportunity to present her case in the US...

Ayodhya Verdict upholds Idea of India

Ayodhya Verdict upholds Idea of India

The landmark “Ayodhya Verdict”: the unanimous judgement delivered by the learned five-judge constitutional bench of the nation’s revered “Temple of Justice” headed by the Honourable Chief Justice of India (CJI) on the historical day of 9 November, 2019 has brightened the global image of our great nation by...

North East Peace Accords

North East Peace Accords

As the government deadline of October 31, 2019 for final settlement to the Naga dispute approached, there were reports of talks with NSCN (IM) running into rough weather. But then came good news of NSCN (IM) coming on board ‘without’ a separate Naga constitution but with a ‘conditional’ flag. Latter reportedly...

UAVs & UCAVs: The Next Generation Threat

UAVs & UCAVs: The Next Generation Threat

The evolving UAV threat poses a significant challenge to all ground forces. Of the emerging combat force multipliers, UAVs are unique in their integration with existing systems as it requires little more effort. Relative to other reconnaissance platforms, UAVs are both technologically attainable and affordable. The...

Technology in Warfare: Is India Lagging Behind?

Technology in Warfare: Is India Lagging Behind?

There are more than 250 government or private drone developers or manufacturers in China. Some are working closely with technical universities and the government. China is investing heavily in Swarm Technology and Artificial Intelligence. With the rapid rate of development and astonishing test results, China appears to...

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...

Interviews / Spotlight

So-called bi-partisan US Congressional Hearing on J&K stands exposed

So-called bi-partisan US Congressional Hearing on J&K stands exposed

A remarkable narration by Sunanda Vashisht, on Pakistan sponsored barbarism in Kashmir in 1990 that led to the...

FATF credibility is at stake: How many more shades of grey for Pakistan?

FATF credibility is at stake: How many more shades of grey for Pakistan?

Instead of downgrading Pakistan to the ‘blacklist’ from its ‘grey list,’ the Financial Action Task Force...

India should not forget its history

India should not forget its history

“India should not forget its history,” Bhutto observed on the eve of the India-Pakistan conflict in 1950. Indeed, India has a sad history of centuries of subjugation imposed by the power of the sword. The invaders came, both across the land frontiers and the sea, and each time, however stout the defence, Indian armies were crushed. The successive wars were lost not because our armies...

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How Xi Jinping crossed the Nepal hurdle

When Chinese President Xi Jinping boarded his Hongqi limousine in Mamallapuram, he was on his way to the airport and Nepal. Official Chinese media had announced that he would sign an extradition treaty à la Hong Kong with Nepal, partly to squeeze the Tibetan refugees living in the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom. Kathmandu warned It was presumed that the 10-hour stop in Kathmandu would be a cakewalk for the all-powerful general secretary of the...

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41st Directors’ Conference of DRDO

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh in a group photo with the participants, awardees and...

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The newly inducted Rafale Aircraft

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh after flying a sortie in the newly inducted Rafale aircraft,...

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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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