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Theatre Commands for Indian Military is a Flawed Concept
Dr Subhash Kapila | 23 May , 2017 1 comment
Theatre Commands for Indian Military is a Flawed Concept

The Indian Republic faces today a hostile military environment with two of its major military threats having coalesced raising spectre of war at short notice which thus militates against any tinkering with existing operational “Commands “of the three Services. The immediate imperatives are adding muscle to the existing “Services...

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Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Game of Smoke and Mirrors: Who blinks first?
Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: Game of Smoke and Mirrors: Who blinks first?

The high stakes and tight time frame for India to save its son, Kulbhushan Jadhav, from execution after a farcical trial conducted by a kangaroo military court, has brought India-Pakistan relations once more to the brink.  In this dangerous smoke and mirrors game, the Pakistan ‘Deep State’ appears to have boxed itself into a corner. The...

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The case of Barahoti, the first Himalyan blunder
Claude Arpi | 20 May , 2017 1 comment
The case of Barahoti, the first Himalyan blunder

During the annual Army Commanders’ Conference held at the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, one of the topics addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three Service Chiefs was the infrastructure development along the borders with China and Pakistan. The commanders apparently pleaded for a far better infrastructure to facilitate...

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The Chinese are coming: Is India listening?
Tarun Basu | 19 May , 2017 0 comments
The Chinese are coming: Is India listening?

A 1996  award-winning Hollywood film “The Russians are coming, The Russians are coming” played on the fears and prejudices of the Cold War era about America’s main ideological and strategic adversary. Over 50 years later, Bollywood may well prepare to make a local adaptation of the film with the title “The Chinese are coming, The Chinese are...

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Myanmar: Recent Developments: The China Factor
Myanmar: Recent Developments: The China Factor

It is well known that three main objectives of the government of Myanmar led by Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi are ethnic reconciliation, economic development and constitutional changes.  Of these, the first objective of ethnic reconciliation has the top most priority and dearly held by Suu Kyi in memory of her father Gen Aung San who was...

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