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Frontiers and Borders: Breaking the logjam on the Northern Border
Lt Gen NS Brar | 18 Jun , 2020 1 comment
Frontiers and Borders: Breaking the logjam on the Northern Border

Listen in the north, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind; Tramp o’ Cossack hooves in front, grey great coats behind. Trouble on the Frontier of a most amazin’ kind …. —Rudyard Kipling, Mutiny of the Mavericks Kipling’s words referred to the Russians at the frontier, it’s the Chinese today. The Treaty of Westphalia 24 October 1648,...

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Of Fratricide and Air Defence Command
Col Mandeep Singh | 11 Jun , 2020 2 comments
Of Fratricide and Air Defence Command

In 2003, during the invasion of Iraq by United States led forces, 62 firing units of Patriot missile system followed the advancing troops providing them a continuous air defence cover. As the allied air forces went into operations against the Iraqi regime, what was of greater concern was not the scores of Soviet era Surface to Air Missile (SAM)...

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To Tame the Dragon Is Status Quo the Answer
Brig Anil Gupta | 03 Jun , 2020 2 comments
To Tame the Dragon Is Status Quo the Answer

The standoff at Doklam in 2017 is followed by another and bigger standoff in Eastern Ladakh in 2020 with defence analysts, diplomats and strategic experts predicting the frequency to be almost annual due to the ostensible Chinese annoyance at the rapid rate of development of infrastructure along the LAC by India which neutralises the asymmetry...

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Bangladesh – A New South Asian Tiger or an Authoritarian state?
Rehan Rajput | 23 May , 2020 1 comment
Bangladesh – A New South Asian Tiger or an Authoritarian state?

PM Sheikh Hasina enjoys the heroic image for her achievements. On the other side looks surrounded by the difficult questions over attacks on minorities and seculars in the Country. Bangladesh is called a new “South Asian Tiger” under the Sheikh Hasina regime, but many people see Bangladesh as an Authoritarian state. Bangladesh emerged as a...

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Fifty years-on, Chetwode!!...Really?.... Reminiscing My Days at IMA
Rajiv Rastogi | 22 May , 2020 1 comment
Fifty years-on, Chetwode!!...Really?.... Reminiscing My Days at IMA

Dear Course-Mates,                                             Not unlike many of you, passing through portals of the Chetwode Hall nearly half a century back was a life-changing event for me. It set our lives on a new trajectory.  Aside from a strong foundation in a military career, it installed strong values and resilience that served us well...

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