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Coming - Another Kargil Anniversary

Coming - Another Kargil Anniversary

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 July 2018

Come July 26, India will celebrate Op ‘Vijay’ Diwas; another anniversary synonymous with the date of culmination of the Kargil Conflict during 1999. There will be wreath laying at Amar Jawan...

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India needs to recalibrate its South Asia policy

India needs to recalibrate its South Asia policy

By: Tridivesh Singh Maini |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 July 2018

In recent years, some countries in SAARC which earlier had deep strains with India, have sought to improve ties with New Delhi. Two instances of this are Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (which have...

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Iran Sanctions: India’s Options

Iran Sanctions: India’s Options

By: Shebonti Ray Dadwal |Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 16 July 2018

Once again, India is caught in the middle of a conflict between the US and Iran. During the earlier round of sanctions, India had succeeded in deftly manoeuvring through the sanctions regime,...

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UNHRC on Kashmir: Wrong Diagnosis, Unwanted Prescription

UNHRC on Kashmir: Wrong Diagnosis, Unwanted Prescription

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 July 2018

In June 2018, UNHRC released a first ever report on Kashmir regarding alleged human rights violations and abuses on both sides of the Line of Control recommending a Commission of Inquiry.  The...

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Tejas Delayed – is it by design?

Tejas Delayed – is it by design?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 July 2018

Media reports, Tejas, the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has missed yet another deadline of getting its final operational clearance (FOC) by June 2018, 35 years after approval of the LCA...

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Kargil Controversy: IAF on the Ghosts of Kargil

Kargil Controversy: IAF on the Ghosts of Kargil

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon |Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 15 July 2018

When the Pakistani Northern Light Infantry, officered by the regular Pak Army, reeling under incessant day and night attacks, both from air and surface, fled in complete disarray from the...

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Situation in Kashmir is improving with every passing year

Situation in Kashmir is improving with every passing year

By: Col Jaibans Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 July 2018

Nitin Pai, Director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent centre for research and education in public policy, has recently written an opinion piece on Kashmir titled, “What Kautilya...

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Jammu and Kashmir, Britain and Pakistan

Jammu and Kashmir, Britain and Pakistan

By: Lt Col (Dr) Sube Singh Ahlawat |Issue: Book Excerpt: An Infantry Battalion in Combat | Date: 14 July 2018

“Study history, study history, in history lies all the secrets of the statecraft.”        — Sir James Wolfe Geography of Kashmir At the time of partition of India in 1947, Jammu and...

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Eastward ho! India looks beyond SAARC

Eastward ho! India looks beyond SAARC

By: Sreemati Ganguli |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 13 July 2018

India, once again, is thrown into a piquant situation in its own neighbourhood. In the penultimate year before this NDA government goes to the polls, its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy of 2014...

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Empowered Committee – evaluating rifles, carbines?

Empowered Committee – evaluating rifles, carbines?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 July 2018

On July 3, 2018 media reported that Ministry of Defence (MoD) had sent a team of military experts headed by a Brigadier to five countries to scout for rifles and carbines. The nine-member...

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"Kashmir killing Pakistan" – Former R&AW Secretary

By: JK Sinha |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 July 2018

The obsession with Kashmir from the very inception of Pakistan in 1947 has had a defining influence on the Pakistani polity. Within months of the creation of Pakistan the country chose to adopt...

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Averting India’s Fall into a Geopolitical Trap

Averting India’s Fall into a Geopolitical Trap

By: Ambassador P Stobdan |Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 July 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made a foreign policy course-correction after realising that the strategic tilt towards the United States has not only grossly upset India’s geopolitical image...

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Major blow to Indo-US Ties

Major blow to Indo-US Ties

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 July 2018

The US-India two plus two dialogue (2+2 dialogue) was scheduled for July 6 and was going to be the first simultaneous meeting of Indian and American defence and external affairs ministers —...

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The unbearable stench of ‘Tukde-Tukde’ Gang

The unbearable stench of ‘Tukde-Tukde’ Gang

By: RSN Singh |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 July 2018

Recently, at a function in a university in Kashmir, some students displayed deliberate disdain of the national anthem. These young boys ensured that nobody rose in respect when the national...

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US Sanctions against Iran: What are India's Options?

US Sanctions against Iran: What are India's Options?

By: KP Fabian |Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 11 July 2018

The US first imposed various sanctions on Iran in 1979 when the US embassy was occupied, with the staff taken hostage, following the fall of US-supported Shah. Oil sanctions were imposed in 2012...

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IAF Fighter Fleet in Crisis

IAF Fighter Fleet in Crisis

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra |Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 10 July 2018

Clearly evident in Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa’s statements was the fact that the threat from both China and Pakistan, including a possible two-front war is real. The emphasis was on the need to...

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Governors Rule in Jammu and Kashmir: The Challenge and the Ramification

Governors Rule in Jammu and Kashmir: The Challenge and the Ramification

By: Dr. Simrit Kahlon |Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 10 July 2018

The political churning witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir in mid-May has settled down into a new mould. It became quite apparent within the first few days that there was no possibility of any other...

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India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

India’s Aviation Industry: In need of a New Model and Leadership

By: Admiral Arun Prakash |Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 July 2018

India’s aviation industry traces its roots to December 1940, when industrialist Seth Walchand Hirachand (1882-1953) established Hindustan Aircraft Limited (HAL) in Bangalore, with American...

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Taking Union Cabinet For A Ride – and getting away?

Taking Union Cabinet For A Ride – and getting away?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 July 2018

Why do MoD bureaucrats continue to degrade Armed Forces status, rank, pay and equivalence? This can be easily gauged from the article by IAS officer Diplai Rastogi titled ‘The belief system,...

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Rezang La stands out

Rezang La stands out

By: MP Anil Kumar |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 July 2018

The Ottoman Empire was on its last legs.  Midway through the Great War, the inter-allied French and British Commonwealth forces launched an assault to capture the Ottoman capital Istanbul to...

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