Interviews/Spotlights

Need for Reinventing India’s Aeronautical Industry

Need for Reinventing India’s Aeronautical Industry

By: Admiral Arun Prakash (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 22 Feb , 2021

Whether it was a scheduled visit, or happenstance, India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow, in June 2020 within days of the alarming sanguinary encounter between Indian and Chinese...

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Disengagement in Ladakh: Heed words of Army Commander Northern Command

Disengagement in Ladakh: Heed words of Army Commander Northern Command

By: Jasbir Sarai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Feb , 2021

In March-April, 2020, taking advantage of the COVID situation, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China made India a target of its “wolf-warrior diplomacy” with simultaneous intrusions in...

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Genius of Shivaji the Great

Genius of Shivaji the Great

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2021

In 1987 as I was attending the Senior Command course at the College of Combat, Mhow, we had an officer from Bangladesh also as a fellow student officer. Once during a casual conversation, I asked...

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Afghanistan 2021 Strategic Paradox for United States President Joe Biden

Afghanistan 2021 Strategic Paradox for United States President Joe Biden

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 18 Feb , 2021

Afghanistan’s contextual geopolitical and security environment is a paradoxical challenge for new US President Hoe Biden which he inherits as a ‘legacy challenge’ from two decades of...

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1962 War: The Role of the IAF

1962 War: The Role of the IAF

By: Air Chief Marshal P C Lal | Issue: Book Excerpt: My Years with the I.A.F. | Date: 17 Feb , 2021

What part did the lAF play in this sad event? A non­combatant role but an important one nonetheless. It was a logistical role—transportation of men and material and supply­-dropping with large...

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Disengagement in Ladakh: A Good Beginning but Challenges Remain

Disengagement in Ladakh: A Good Beginning but Challenges Remain

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 16 Feb , 2021

On February, 10, India and China began a “synchronised and organised disengagement” from the north and south banks of the Pangong Tso Lake. The information was first given by the Chinese...

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Post the Defence Budget

Post the Defence Budget

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 14 Feb , 2021

The budget speech by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, had no mention of the defence outlay. This left many wondering whether the budget did cater for the growing security threats that the...

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The Brave Sikh

The Brave Sikh

By: Edmund Candler | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Sepoy | Date: 13 Feb , 2021

It has often been said that the Indian Army has kept Sikhism alive. War is a conserver of the Khalsa, peace a dissolvent. When one understands how this is so, one has grasped what Sikhism has done...

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Drone and Counter-Drone Warfare at Tactical Level

Drone and Counter-Drone Warfare at Tactical Level

By: Col Akshaya Handa (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 12 Feb , 2021

Introduction The 2010s are often called the golden age of drones. In the military domain, they caught popular imagination due to their extensive use in Afghanistan post 9/11. Two decades later,...

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The Indian Army Serves as Harbinger of Peace and Freedom in Kashmir

The Indian Army Serves as Harbinger of Peace and Freedom in Kashmir

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Feb , 2021

The Indian Tricolour will soon fly majestically on a “100 feet high flag post” in Gulmarg, the beautiful skiing destination of Kashmir. This project has been taken on jointly by the Indian Army...

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General Bajwa’s Peace Inferences Lack Credibility

General Bajwa’s Peace Inferences Lack Credibility

By: Hareep Bedi | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 10 Feb , 2021

“It is time to extend a hand of peace in all directions,” said Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Bajwa, in an address at a military function recently. “Pakistan is a peace-loving country...

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Military Coup in Myanmar: Options for India

Military Coup in Myanmar: Options for India

By: Col Alok Mathur, SM | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 09 Feb , 2021

In early hours of 1 February, 2021, as Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) rolled out on the streets of Nay Pai Taw and Yangon in Myanmar, the military owned Myawwady Television channel announced...

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Modern Warfare and Contemplation of Strategic Victory

Modern Warfare and Contemplation of Strategic Victory

By: Lt Gen (Dr) Rakesh Sharma, PVSM,UYSM,AVSM,VSM (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 08 Feb , 2021

That is an old saying – victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is an orphan!  On the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on 01 May 2003, US President George W. Bush announced Mission...

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For India’s National Security, Time for Civil and Military Synergy

For India’s National Security, Time for Civil and Military Synergy

By: Lt Gen PR Kumar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Feb , 2021

“War is a continuation of politics by other means,” Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist. Let us start by unequivocally stating that it is nations that go to war. The armed...

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Myanmar: Army Seizes Power as Expected. What Next?

Myanmar: Army Seizes Power as Expected. What Next?

By: Dr S Chandrasekharan | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 06 Feb , 2021

In the early hours of the morning of 1st February when the newly elected members of the Parliament had assembled in Naypyitaw, the Army moved in by arresting Suu Kyi, th President Dr. U Win Myint,...

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US Perceptions of the World

US Perceptions of the World

By: Gp Capt TP Srivastava | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Feb , 2021

Biden administration is barely two weeks old. Eminently qualified and responsible intellectuals of USA have already published a document titled; From Trump to Biden; The Way Forward for US National...

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Qatar came out with Flying Colours

Qatar came out with Flying Colours

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2021

When the Saudi crown prince, together with the UAE ruler, Mohammed bin Zayed, moved against Qatar in late 2017, the charge sheet against the tiny Gulf state was long. They, along with Bahrain and...

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Daniel Pearl Murder Case: A Prognosis

Daniel Pearl Murder Case: A Prognosis

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Feb , 2021

Now that Pakistan’s highest court has acquitted Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, accused for his involvement in the 2002 abduction and subsequent decapitation of American journalist Daniel Pearl, the...

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Emergency in Myanmar

Emergency in Myanmar

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Feb , 2021

The Myanmar military has declared emergency and placed Aung San Suu Kyi and several National League for Democracy (NLD) leaders under house arrest on January 31. Speculation over the possibility...

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