Articles in Vol 25.3

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 Jul , 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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Space: The Emerging Battleground

Space: The Emerging Battleground

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 23 Sep , 2014

History is witness to the fact that nations that have controlled the seas have ruled the world. With the passage of time, the ability to dominate the world progressively shifted into the hands of...

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The Great Upsurge of 1857: Historical sites in Meerut Cantonment

The Great Upsurge of 1857: Historical sites in Meerut Cantonment

By: Dr Amit Pathak | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 26 Aug , 2014

Meerut Cantonment The British formally arrived in Meerut in 1803, through a treaty with the Marathas. The cantonment of Meerut was established in 1806 with specific strategic interests including...

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Blueprint to tackle Maoists

Blueprint to tackle Maoists

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 11 Mar , 2014

THE BIG PICTURE Confronted with the Maoist menace, Civil Administration’s incompetence is making mountain out of a molehill by suggesting induction of the military. The threat posed by the...

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The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : I

The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : I

By: Prof. Priyadarshi Mukherji | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 13 Oct , 2013

What was China’s mega-strategy at the outset in setting up ties with Pakistan? According to Mao Zedong’s calculations, Pakistan was nothing but China’s easy access to the Atlantic and the...

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Implications of China's Rise

Implications of China's Rise

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 20 Oct , 2012

The English geographer Sir Halford Mackinder ended his famous 1904 article, “The Geographical Pivot of History,” with a disturbing reference to China. After explaining why Eurasia was the...

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The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : III

The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : III

By: Prof. Priyadarshi Mukherji | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 30 May , 2011

Chinese Projects in PoK :On 14 October 2009, in a report titled “India objects to proposed Chinese projects in PoK”, it was stated that “the Chinese President Hu Jintao had also said that...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-III

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 10 Dec , 2010

“We are Ansar al-Islam.” …I knew that this group …had links to al-Qaeda. When it had proved impossible to enter Mosul safely, we had circled back into the desert and spent the night at...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-II

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 09 Dec , 2010

“She is encouraging her ‘sons’ to go out and become martyrs and die in battle…” In the morning, Tal Afar was strangely quiet except for the continuous buzzing of the unmanned Predators...

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Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-I

Inside Iraq: Five Days in Hell-I

By: Scott Taylor | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 08 Dec , 2010

This is a first hand account of a journalist, Scott Taylor, about his tryst with death at the hands of Islamic extremists in Iraq about five years back. The religious and social dynamics in the...

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The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : II

The Chinese vision of Sino-Pak strategic partnership : II

By: Prof. Priyadarshi Mukherji | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 18 Nov , 2010

China’s Maritime Ambitions China’s ambition for maritime supremacy in the South Asian region can be seen in a military website6 dated 26 February 2009. In the report titled “The Indian...

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Defence Procurements : Time for Radical Reforms

Defence Procurements : Time for Radical Reforms

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 18 Oct , 2010

Defence Procurement Procedure – 2008 (DPP-2008) came into effect on 01 September 2008 and is due for biennial review in Sep 2010, under the aegis of the Defence Procurement Board. DPP has...

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Aerospace and Defence News

Aerospace and Defence News

By: Priya Tyagi | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

IAF Mirage Upgrade by France After protracted negotiations, a deal worth $2.2 billion for the mid-life upgrade of the fleet of 51 Mirage 2000 combat aircraft acquired by the IAF in the mid...

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Pakistan's Islamic Odyssey : dangers ahead

Pakistan's Islamic Odyssey : dangers ahead

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

The movement for Pakistan, as envisaged by its chief promoter Mohammed Ali Jinnah, was not intended to produce a religion dominated theocratic state. No doubt he engaged in communal tactics and...

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Strategic Aspects of Climate Change-1

Strategic Aspects of Climate Change-1

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

A misplaced paranoia A couple of months back Islamabad went hysterical again. India as usual was the target. This time it is not about Kashmir or the fate of the Muslim population in India, but a...

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An anatomy of India-Pakistan Dialogue

An anatomy of India-Pakistan Dialogue

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

It is very easy to take the position that we must have a dialogue with Pakistan. Arguments in favour can appear plausible. Pakistan is a neighbour and you cannot wish it away. It is better...

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Trends in Space Weaponisation

Trends in Space Weaponisation

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

The first orbital flight of X-37B (called as USA-212) the United State’s (US) space plane was launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Apr 22, 2010....

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Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

While addressing the Passing Out Parade at the U.S. Naval Academy on 07 April 2010, Secretary of Defence Robert M Gates said, “You have answered the trumpet call, and the whole of America is...

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Capture of India : the Maoist blueprint

Capture of India : the Maoist blueprint

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

In 2003-2004 the former Peoples War Group (PWG) and the Maoist Communist Centre held a series of confabulations to work out their merger. Their Central Committees met five to six times to...

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Maoists : China's Proxy Soldiers

Maoists : China's Proxy Soldiers

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

General SK Sinha, former governor wrote in the newspaper ‘Pioneer’ (6 June 2010): “One Maoist gets killed against four deaths against civilians and security personnel in the rebel affected...

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