Interviews/Spotlights

Beyond ULB and Panchayat Polls in J&K

Beyond ULB and Panchayat Polls in J&K

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2018

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement “we have to kill militancy, not militants. We have to make militancy useless in the eyes of the people” drew applause from all around. Coming from...

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1971 War: Inside the Pakistani Jail

1971 War: Inside the Pakistani Jail

By: Kishorilal Sharma | Issue: Book Excerpt: My Years in a Pakistani Prison | Date: 11 Oct , 2018

While in Kotlakhpat I had easy access to some of the leading national newspapers of Pakistan because of the friendship I managed with some senior lumberdars and other functionaries of the jail...

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Tough words for Pakistan: Introspection time for new government

Tough words for Pakistan: Introspection time for new government

By: Khurram Shahzad | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 10 Oct , 2018

Pakistani Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi made history at the United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) by giving a speech in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language. However, the contents of...

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Xi Jinping’s Theorem of “Fight and Win”

Xi Jinping’s Theorem of “Fight and Win”

By: Amrita Jash | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 09 Oct , 2018

Unlike the era of Mao Zedong, where People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aimed at ‘Protracted War’ fought on Chinese soil, with a heavy reliance on guerrilla warfare, China in 21st century...

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Modi-Putin summit will be a game changer

Modi-Putin summit will be a game changer

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2018

After wide-ranging talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, Indian and Russia on October 5, signed $5 billion five S-400 Triumf missile defence system deal in New...

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Myanmar-International Pressure and Consequent China’s Gains

Myanmar-International Pressure and Consequent China’s Gains

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 07 Oct , 2018

Of late, the media in Myanmar is full of articles of possible Coup, failure of the Government,  the international pressure on the Rohingya Issue and consequent bad relations between the Tatmadaw...

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Successful Local Bodies elections will spell the dawn of a new era in J&K

Successful Local Bodies elections will spell the dawn of a new era in J&K

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Oct , 2018

The breakdown of the coalition government of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and institution of Governors Rule in the state was perceived to be a major...

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Testing time for Indo-Russian friendship

Testing time for Indo-Russian friendship

By: Rakesh Kr Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Oct , 2018

So here comes Vladimir Putin, whom Prime Minister Vajpayee once hailed as the worthy successor to Peter the Great, with all his diplomatic might and military inventory to shake the hand with an...

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Pak's offer to India by Imran Khan's Regime is Determined by International...

Pak's offer to India by Imran Khan's Regime is Determined by International...

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 04 Oct , 2018

Contextually in September 2018 Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s peace dialogue offer to India is more determined by compulsions of international optics where Pakistan is globally isolated because of...

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Issues in Defence Costing

Issues in Defence Costing

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Costing is one of the foremost weakest links in the defence procurement process. The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), which applies to all capital acquisitions for the armed forces, requires...

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When the Defenders become Defenceless: The Irony behind AFSPA

When the Defenders become Defenceless: The Irony behind AFSPA

By: Lt Gen Rameshwar Roy (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 02 Oct , 2018

Is it not ironic that the State which wants a soldier to save it from its external and internal vulnerabilities, threats, and challenges, does not seemingly wish to provide an instrument of legal...

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US-China Contestation and North Korean De-Nuclearisation

US-China Contestation and North Korean De-Nuclearisation

By: Sandip Kumar Mishra | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 01 Oct , 2018

It is conventional wisdom that China’s role would be the most crucial in the process of de-nuclearising North Korea. North Korea and China share strong historical connections along with...

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CAATSA Sanctions and India

CAATSA Sanctions and India

By: Dr G Balachandran | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 30 Sep , 2018

Ever since the Countering American Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) was enacted on August 2, 2017, there had been much speculation in India about its potential impact on India-Russia...

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Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

Pakistan should be wary of Chinese designs in Gilgit & Baltistan

By: Jai Kumar Verma | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 29 Sep , 2018

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s dream project. The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will pass through Pakistan Occupied Gilgit-Baltistan...

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The Surgical Strike: Reminiscence

The Surgical Strike: Reminiscence

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Sep , 2018

“Based on very credible and specific information which we received yesterday that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the Line of Control (LOC) with an aim to...

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How to deal with Imran

How to deal with Imran

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2018

In cricket legend Imran Khan Pakistan has a new Prime Minister. He apparently is peeved with our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has accused Modi of being “arrogant” and “negative”. And...

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Barbaric violence against innocents: Kashmir policy of Pakistan Army is...

Barbaric violence against innocents: Kashmir policy of Pakistan Army is...

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Sep , 2018

“Pakistan and India have an undeniably challenging relationship. We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including...

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India’s Economic Opportunities in Central Asia

India’s Economic Opportunities in Central Asia

By: Ambassador P Stobdan | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 25 Sep , 2018

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the new President of Uzbekistan, will pay a visit to New Delhi towards the end of this month, seemingly to give yet another shot for cementing strong economic ties with India....

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Situation in J&K improving however, normalcy is still a distant dream

Situation in J&K improving however, normalcy is still a distant dream

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Sep , 2018

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) witnessed a hike of more than 166 per cent in civilian causalities in 2017 from a year ago, but security forces were successful in killing 42 per cent more terrorists...

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Capture of Khansama and Ichhamati River

Capture of Khansama and Ichhamati River

By: Lt Gen PN Kathpalia | Issue: Book Excerpt: Charge of a Mtn Bde in Creation of a Nation Bangladesh | Date: 23 Sep , 2018

Khansama was located East of the Bhuri Tista River, which was a major obstacle for the attacking troops. It was heavily mined on three sides and well fortified with shell-proof bunkers. The...

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