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Inadequate Budgetary Allotment and India's Defence Preparedness
Inadequate Budgetary Allotment and India's Defence Preparedness

In the budget for the Financial Year (FY) 2017-18, presented in the Indian parliament on 1 February 2017, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been allotted INR 2,74,114 crore, excluding the provision for pensions. The 10.05 per cent increase in the capital budget over the budgetary estimates (BE) for FY 2016-17 (INR 78,586.68 crore) is...

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Prerequisites for Success of Nonviolent Strategies
Prerequisites for Success of Nonviolent Strategies

In a recent essay published in this periodical on 9th of February, 2017, Martand Jha addressed the role of nonviolence and Gandhian thought in Indian strategic thinking. [1]  Gandhi was part of a tradition that included such early practitioners of nonviolence as P.B. Shelley, Henry Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and the Quakers, and continued through...

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Defeatist operational procedures in Kashmir need to be reversed
Col Jaibans Singh | 22 Feb , 2017 0 comments
Defeatist operational procedures in Kashmir need to be reversed

The Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, in a recent statement said that those attacking security forces during Counter Terrorist (CT) operations will be treated as “anti-nationals” and will face “tough action.” A statement of this nature by the Army Chief should have come a long time back. The difficulty being faced and the avoidable...

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Global Balance of Power 2017 weighted heavily against China-Russia Nexus
Dr Subhash Kapila | 19 Feb , 2017 0 comments
Global Balance of Power 2017 weighted heavily against China-Russia Nexus

Global balance of power 2017 is weighted heavily against perceived combined strategic weight of the China-Russia nexus as the history of 20th Century World Wars would indicate that Hitlerian impulses do not triumph against democracies coalescing against them. Democracies have long patience and forbearance in tolerating the strategic...

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HAL’s Gamble – Will the “Advanced Hawk” break into the Export Market?

On 5 February 2017, a version of the Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) was unveiled. The aptly-named “Advanced Hawk” is a joint-venture between BAE Systems and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It has been developed using internal funds on an equal risk basis and offers significant enhancement of the capabilities of the basic Hawk...

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