IDR Updates

Israel’s Normalisation of Ties with Arab Nations Threatens Iran

Israel’s Normalisation of Ties with Arab Nations Threatens Iran

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Sep , 2020

Since the US Administration withdrew from JCPOA and re imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, the world has awaited with abated breath, for capitulation of Iran.US has tried to force UK,Germany and...

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China’s Ladakh Obsession and India’s Option’s

China’s Ladakh Obsession and India’s Option’s

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur (Retd.) and Suruchi Barniyal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Sep , 2020

Introduction The unilateral realignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), starting April 2020 and culminating with China de factoclaiming...

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The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 22 Sep , 2020

The first five of India’s new Rafale fighters touched down at Ambala air base on July 29, 2020. Accordingly 31 more will follow and thus they will form two squadrons of 18 each by the end of...

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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2020

Key Points Military posturing and muscle flexing in Ladakh continues with talks, as both sides refuse to blink first.   PLA’s centre of gravity of military operations is Eastern Ladakh and...

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Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

Isn’t the Dragon getting oversized?

By: K.N. Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Sep , 2020

Expansionism by force and by treachery is China’s well-known forte. If the originator of the chain-Hindi Bhai Bhainaiveté became its hopeless victim, bring not the onus to the doorsteps of...

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US-Maldives Framework Agreement

US-Maldives Framework Agreement

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2020

During the recent visit to the US by Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi, both countries US signed a ‘Framework for US-Maldives Defence and Security Relationship’ on September 10, 2020. The...

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China’s Peaceful Rise: A Hypothetical Scenario

China’s Peaceful Rise: A Hypothetical Scenario

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2020

“Our path is different from both the paths of Germany in World War I and Germany and Japan in World War II, when they tried to overhaul the world political landscape by way of aggressive wars....

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Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation...

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation...

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Sep , 2020

In the wake of the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370, the political structures in Kashmir that were aligned with separatism and soft separatism have been...

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Five Mistakes India Should Not Make

Five Mistakes India Should Not Make

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Sep , 2020

The five-point consensus signed between the foreign ministers of India and China on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting at Moscow to ease tension in the Eastern...

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Two Front War Threat: A Historian’s Perspective

Two Front War Threat: A Historian’s Perspective

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Sep , 2020

In April 2020, China amassed troops on Ladakh frontier with India prospect of a two front war has loomed large on Indian horizon. Two front war situations are brought about by geo-political...

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Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support...

Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support...

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2020

Introduction On the heels of my earlier article carried by IDR , some very important initiatives have been announced and steps taken by the Government. While these in my considered opinion have...

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The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

The Five Point Consensus – The Calm before the Storm?

By: Dr Sundaram Rajasimman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Sep , 2020

The re-establishment of peace and tranquility along the Sino-Indian border based on the joint communiqué agreed between the foreign ministers of India and China on 09 September along the...

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Kashmir a settled issue should be taken off the UN Agenda

Kashmir a settled issue should be taken off the UN Agenda

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Sep , 2020

India has a made very strong appeal for permanently removing the Jammu & Kashmir issue under outdated agenda item of the India-Pakistan question from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)...

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Iran in New Regional Alignment

Iran in New Regional Alignment

By: K.N. Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Sep , 2020

CIA overplayed capitalist hegemonic role in Iran during the Iranian oil nationalization movement under Dr Mussadegh in the 1950s. Thereafter Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, inexperienced in national...

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Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

Indian Chess is Not the Chinese Game of Weiqi

By: Dr Sundaram Rajasimman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2020

Your deployment was as wild geese in flight - nobody understood it, until the cub was caught in the tiger's den, and all were shocked. [Pan Zhao]  Introduction: ​The situation along the...

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Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the...

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Sep , 2020

IBT: India has recently imposed an import embargo on 101 items in the defence sector. How well is the country positioned for indigenous manufacturing of these items? How can the government make...

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Standing Up to China

Standing Up to China

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Sep , 2020

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on September 2, “We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution to the situation on the China-India border…. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is engaged in a...

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Indian Offensive to Retake Chinese Seized Territory: The Hidden Story

Indian Offensive to Retake Chinese Seized Territory: The Hidden Story

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Sep , 2020

On 3 July, the Prime Minister of India arrived at Leh on a surprise visit. Flanked by his Army Chief and the Chief of Defence Staff, he was received by the Army Commander of Northern Command, Lt...

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India also needs Anti Access Area Denial Capabilities

India also needs Anti Access Area Denial Capabilities

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Sep , 2020

With the fire-spitting dragon becoming aggressive by the day and two-front threat becoming almost a certainty, India needs to shed its historic “continentalist” mind set and transform from a...

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Confronting the Dragon One Step at a Time

Confronting the Dragon One Step at a Time

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Sep , 2020

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat’s, unambiguous statement that military options were on the table if diplomatic efforts failed to resolve the ongoing imbroglio with China,...

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