London Westminster Bridge attacks: Another ISIS ‘lone wolf’ ?

London Westminster Bridge attacks: Another ISIS ‘lone wolf’ ?

The terrorist attack near the British Parliament in which a man rammed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, resembles a common pattern by attackers who have been widely called “lone wolves”. The assailant has been identified as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man and a converted Muslim...

China: India’s Biggest Challenge

China: India’s Biggest Challenge

China is India’s biggest challenge. It is a threat to its security, its aspirations and environmental space. As China’s economic and military might grow and it pursues the ‘China Dream’, China’s neighbours including India will come under increasing pressure. China’s upgraded relationship with Pakistan –...

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...

London Westminster Bridge attacks: Another ISIS ‘lone wolf’ ?

London Westminster Bridge attacks: Another ISIS ‘lone wolf’ ?

The terrorist attack near the British Parliament in which a man rammed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London, resembles a common pattern by attackers who have been widely called “lone wolves”. The assailant has been identified as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man and a converted Muslim...

China: India’s Biggest Challenge

China: India’s Biggest Challenge

China is India’s biggest challenge. It is a threat to its security, its aspirations and environmental space. As China’s economic and military might grow and it pursues the ‘China Dream’, China’s neighbours including India will come under increasing pressure. China’s upgraded relationship with Pakistan –...

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...

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

Pakistan intends to change the Status of Gilgit-Baltistan from De Facto to De Jure

Pakistan intends to change the Status of Gilgit-Baltistan from De Facto to De Jure

A panel set up by Pakistan Government and headed by Mr Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharief, on the reconstitution of Pakistan’s provinces, has recently submitted its report. The panel’s report, read out by Pakistan’s Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister, Riaz Hussein...

Political Direction of War in India in the State of Transient

Political Direction of War in India in the State of Transient

“A nation that draws a demarcation between its thinking men and its fighting men will soon have...

 
Was there ever an Arab Spring?

Was there ever an Arab Spring?

The unfolding tragedy in the Arab world began as the Dignity Revolution in Tunisia in December...

 
Tibet’s Independence Flames Burn Bright in 2017 too

Tibet’s Independence Flames Burn Bright in 2017 too

Tibet’s independence flames burn still bright, in 2017 too, notwithstanding that the fires of...

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...

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Army Releases Book on Rashtriya Rifles

General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), on 27 March 2017 at South Block, New Delhi, released...

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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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