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The Sirens Must Wail Again

The Sirens Must Wail Again

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Mar , 2020

The sound of sirens last heard in 1971 have been conspicuous by their silence. Thank God! But then again, was it not the sound of sirens which sent everyone scrambling, running to shelters,...

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On Conspiracists, Curses, Charlatan’s and COVID-19

On Conspiracists, Curses, Charlatan’s and COVID-19

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Mar , 2020

e, Trump did a volte face and told reporters that “This is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” So, now that even the world’s most illustrious epitome...

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Maoists Raise Stakes

Maoists Raise Stakes

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Mar , 2020

Starting with the then Union Home Minister in 2010 stating that the Maoists insurgency will be over in next 3-4 years, which his successors too echoed, it appears that we continue to deliberately...

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Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

Balochistan: Pakistan’s Hidden Shame

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Mar , 2020

Balochistan is Pakistan’s largest province in terms of area though it has a population of just around 12 million. If we put this in numbers Balochistan is approximately 44% of the country's...

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COVID-19 Notwithstanding: ‘Free Lunches’ are Out!

COVID-19 Notwithstanding: ‘Free Lunches’ are Out!

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Mar , 2020

It may have stood the test of time for more than two centuries, but seeing how things are panning out in the wake of COVID-19, the old saying about ‘adversity making strange bedfellows’ no...

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Kashmir Summer 2020

Kashmir Summer 2020

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Mar , 2020

The nation waits with bated breath the summer of 2020 in Kashmir. This summer is going to be different from the past summers in many ways. It would be the first summer after the epoch making...

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COVID-19 Apocalypse: The Military Response

COVID-19 Apocalypse: The Military Response

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Mar , 2020

  At this juncture three months after the outbreak of Chinese Virus commonly known as COVID-19, over 3,00,000 people have been infected, and more than 13,000 killed across the world. India today...

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Social Distancing: Wuhan Virus and a Changing Socio-Political Order

Social Distancing: Wuhan Virus and a Changing Socio-Political Order

By: Bhaskar Dutta Baruah | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Mar , 2020

Amidst the state measures being taken to contain COVID-19 and the ensuing public panic, the element of maintaining physical distances between individuals and nations is seen as a common...

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Your Lordships should Trust the Wisdom of Armed Forces

Your Lordships should Trust the Wisdom of Armed Forces

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Mar , 2020

In a recent judgement, Your Lordships have directed the government to extend permanent commissions and command postings to women in the Indian Navy. Your asseveration is that by not doing so,...

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Immediate Need: National Government

Immediate Need: National Government

By: Lt Gen Ashok Joshi and Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Mar , 2020

The loss of nearly one crore and 80 lakh Indians during just two years ending in 1920 due to the pandemic Spanish Flu that struck towards the end of the Great War is a sobering reminder: one in...

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Vectoring the NEST

Vectoring the NEST

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Mar , 2020

As per recent reports in the media, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has established a new ministerial division called ‘NEST’, which denotes New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies....

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India Should not Panic about Afghanistan

India Should not Panic about Afghanistan

By: Manish Rai | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Mar , 2020

United States and Taliban have entered into an agreement in Qatari capital Doha which will pave way for US forces to leave war torn Afghanistan. Under the Doha agreement, the US has committed to...

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Emasculation of Security Agencies

Emasculation of Security Agencies

By: Gp Capt PK Mulay | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Mar , 2020

Many years back in Mumbai, then known as Bombay, car drivers used to be very particular while approaching certain road crossings, suspecting that there would be a policeman, fondly called Pandu...

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COVID-19 Outbreak in China –An Intent Gone Wrong?

COVID-19 Outbreak in China –An Intent Gone Wrong?

By: Dr Sundaram Rajasimman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Mar , 2020

“A catastrophe waiting to happen has now happened “said Dr. Francis Boyle[1], drafter of the US Bio-weapons Act [Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989] and author of Bio warfare and...

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Forcing the US-Taliban Deal

Forcing the US-Taliban Deal

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Mar , 2020

The US-Taliban peace deal is spluttering with the intra-Afghan dialogue stalemated before it began. The political scene has a touch of hilarity with Ashraf Ghani taking oath as President for a...

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India-US Space Cooperation Envisaged on Trump visit

India-US Space Cooperation Envisaged on Trump visit

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Mar , 2020

The United States and India, both major space powers, have long worked together on civil space efforts but have not done much with regards to security-space-cooperation. According to Victoria...

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Conspiracies behind the Army Public School Peshawar Attack

Conspiracies behind the Army Public School Peshawar Attack

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Mar , 2020

With Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) accepting responsibility for the heinous 2014 Army School Peshawar attack and its justification that "we targeted the school because the (Pakistan) Army...

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Jammu and Kashmir: Laying a foundation of peace despite Pakistani malevolence

Jammu and Kashmir: Laying a foundation of peace despite Pakistani malevolence

By: Dr. Simrit Kahlon | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Mar , 2020

A counter terrorist operation in Village Khawjapora Reban, District Shopian, on the morning of 9, March, led to the killing of a two terrorists associated with Hizbul Mujahedeen and identified as...

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Old Wine in a New Bottle

Old Wine in a New Bottle

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2020

Sunday, 07 March 2020 will be flagged as a very significant date in the short history of newly formed Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir (JK). On this day the first major political...

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Mobile Phones: A Disruptive Military Communications Change

Mobile Phones: A Disruptive Military Communications Change

By: Col NP Singh | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 09 Mar , 2020

Cellular phones aka mobile phones have been one of the biggest disruptive technology changes in human lives in recent times. They have developed rather quickly - from bulky, half-kilogramme,...

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