Interviews/Spotlights

Jammu and Kashmir: Look to the future

Jammu and Kashmir: Look to the future

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2019

It is a month and a half since the decision to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (UTs) was taken. The government has announced that these UTs will become...

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Iranian Air Defences

Iranian Air Defences

By: Col Mandeep Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2019

On August 22, 2019, Iran unveiled Bavar-373 air defence system. Reportedly based on the Russian S-300, Iran claimed that the long-range air defence missile system was superior to both the US...

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Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

Credible Deterrence must remain Leitmotif of India’s Security Policies

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Sep , 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day announcement on August 15 about the institution of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has, justifiably, evoked hosannas from the armed forces...

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‘No First Use’ is Not Sacrosanct: Need a Theatre-Specific Posture for...

‘No First Use’ is Not Sacrosanct: Need a Theatre-Specific Posture for...

By: A Vinod Kumar | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 05 Sep , 2019

What would be the response of India if it comes across credible intelligence that Pakistan is preparing to launch nuclear-armed missiles as a means to escalate military hostilities? Would India...

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India and France: Enduring, reliable partners

India and France: Enduring, reliable partners

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 04 Sep , 2019

India undoubtedly needs all its energies, resources and friends to fight on these two separate fronts. L’Affaire Rafale had been in news in the national press for months thanks to the then...

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UAE honours Indian Prime Minister: A clear snub to Pakistan

UAE honours Indian Prime Minister: A clear snub to Pakistan

By: Rakesh Kr Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Aug , 2019

All hell broke loose as the news of Prime Minister Narendra Modi being conferred ‘Order of Zayed’ the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) highest Civilian Honor reached Pakistan. The Pakistani...

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Article 370 gone, Winning Hearts Essential

Article 370 gone, Winning Hearts Essential

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 24 Aug , 2019

Article 370 is now history. Despite all the crying and howling by Pak, nothing will change. Imran worked overtime seeking to call international leaders for support. Most responses were muted and...

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Is there a way forward for India-China in Ladakh?

Is there a way forward for India-China in Ladakh?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Aug , 2019

On March 23, 1954, after three months of tough negotiations, the Indian and Chinese representatives were still far from an agreement on trade between India and Tibet (a month later, it would...

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J&K: “Experts” should take back seat; let the people decide their future...

J&K: “Experts” should take back seat; let the people decide their future...

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Aug , 2019

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been more or less stable ever since the legislative process for reorganisation of the state and necessary amendments to Article 370 has been approved by an...

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CDS – will it include comprehensive reform?

CDS – will it include comprehensive reform?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on August 15 that India will have a CDS to head the Army, Navy and Air Force was in his characteristic style of springing surprises, be it...

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The Uncertain Terrain of Chief of Defence Staff

The Uncertain Terrain of Chief of Defence Staff

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Aug , 2019

John F. Kennedy had said “Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion, without the discomfort of thought”. In voicing an opinion on the recently announced creation of a CDS by the PM on the...

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Emirati Withdrawal is a Well Calculated Move

Emirati Withdrawal is a Well Calculated Move

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Aug , 2019

Just last month, the United Arab Emirates announced that it will reduce its forces significantly in Yemen. After this announcement Emiratis started pulling out its military hardware and thousands...

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J&K: The challenge has just begun; communication and sobriety hold the key

J&K: The challenge has just begun; communication and sobriety hold the key

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Aug , 2019

The Indian nation has remained engrossed in the all pervasive “K” issue since the beginning of this month when indications of some major change started coming in. In view of the volumes...

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Making of a General

Making of a General

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 11 Aug , 2019

“The personality of the general is indispensable. He is the head, he is the all of an army. The Gaul’s were not conquered by the Roman Legions but by Caesar. It was not before the...

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C2D2: An Agile Defence Acquisition Model

C2D2: An Agile Defence Acquisition Model

By: Gp Capt Atul Pant | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

In the fall of 2017, Vice Admiral Mathias Winter, the Programme Executive Officer for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Programme, had proposed a new futuristic acquisition strategy for the United...

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After constitutional integration, integrate the population of Kashmir with India

After constitutional integration, integrate the population of Kashmir with India

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

Home Minister Amit Shah announced in Parliament on Monday August 5 that the major part of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution had been revoked and Article 35A, relating to Kashmir, scrapped. He...

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'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

'Article 370 is a very misconceived Article'

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Aug , 2019

Claude Arpi’s interview with Jagmohan, Former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Minister. It was recorded in 2007. Claude: Sir, there are rumors that India and Pakistan will soon have a...

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First Param Vir Chakra

First Param Vir Chakra

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Aug , 2019

The Independence of India came with the pain of partition and the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war. Soon after independence, Pakistan attacked Kashmir with tribals from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP)...

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Kashmir: The tendency to be swayed by rumours needs to be curbed

Kashmir: The tendency to be swayed by rumours needs to be curbed

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Aug , 2019

Rumours have a tendency to spread like wildfire in Kashmir, most of these have a negative connotation and are designed to create insecurity among the people. The insecurity soon converts into a...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Firm and righteous policy leading to sustainable...

Jammu and Kashmir: Firm and righteous policy leading to sustainable...

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jul , 2019

It is heartening to see the government at the centre exhibit a rare confidence in dealing with the situation in trouble torn Kashmir. Undoubtedly, there is political and social pressure...

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