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Ceasefire of Indo-China War 1962: Victory has many Fathers; Defeat is an Orphan

Ceasefire of Indo-China War 1962: Victory has many Fathers; Defeat is an Orphan

By: Col Alok Mathur, SM | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 28 Nov , 2020

On 20 October, 1962, in NEFA, units of 7 Infantry Brigade were overrun, after giving stiff resistance to People’s Liberation Army (PLA).  Tactical headquarters of Red Eagle division, under Major...

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Indian Navy: Changes in Regulations Regarding Moustaches and Beards

Indian Navy: Changes in Regulations Regarding Moustaches and Beards

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Book Excerpt: Transition to Triumph | Date: 27 Nov , 2020

The Navy’s Regulations on the subject of moustaches and beards had adopted, verbatim, the regulations of the British Navy. These required that a naval officer or sailor:- had either to have...

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Mumbai 26/11: Islamabad's brazen attack

Mumbai 26/11: Islamabad's brazen attack

By: B Raman | Issue: Book Excerpt: Mumbai 26/11 | Date: 26 Nov , 2020

The war of civilization between the Muslims and the infidels has begun in Indian territory. So said the first statement issued in the name of the so-called Indian Mujahideen (IM) in November,...

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An improbable India-China War

An improbable India-China War

By: Prakash Nanda | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 25 Nov , 2020

Armed forces of India and China have been facing one another eyeball- to- eyeball in a standoff in Eastern Ladakh since May. Both are increasing their troops-strength with sophisticated weapons,...

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Decoding Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020

Decoding Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 24 Nov , 2020

It is a challenge to encapsulate the Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 (DAP 2020), released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on September 30, 2020.1  It is spread over 12 chapters and runs into...

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Indian Army Ignores Chinese Propaganda

Indian Army Ignores Chinese Propaganda

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 23 Nov , 2020

“PLA unveils new smartwatch for combat rescue, it features IoT SIM card, health tracking, Beidou positioning, individual recognition, SOS voice calling, injury reporting, rescue sensing, one key...

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India-Nepal Relations: A View from New Delhi

India-Nepal Relations: A View from New Delhi

By: Prof Sangeeta Thapliyal | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 22 Nov , 2020

India-Nepal relations have been on a downward slope. Many have blamed the border blockade as the turning point; others have pointed to China’s increasing influence. Many more have highlighted...

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Can India be the Next Global Manufacturing Hub?

Can India be the Next Global Manufacturing Hub?

By: Dr Kogila Balakrishnan and Saurabh Kukreja | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 21 Nov , 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the vulnerability of existing global manufacturing supply chains. It is likely to lead to global suppliers rethinking the resilience of their supply chain...

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The Forgotten Fact of “China-Occupied Kashmir”

The Forgotten Fact of “China-Occupied Kashmir”

By: Amb Sujan R Chinoy | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 20 Nov , 2020

China’s role as an interested party and its status as a disputant in the territorial issue of Jammu & Kashmir has been obfuscated because the international narrative has been limited to the...

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Psychological Warfare on the Sikkim-Tibet Border

Psychological Warfare on the Sikkim-Tibet Border

By: GS Bajpai | Issue: Book Excerpt: China's Shadow Over Sikkim | Date: 19 Nov , 2020

The period of China’s ultimatum expired without any serious incident, but the Chinese troops who had moved in large numbers to the Chumbi Valley, and right upto the Sikkim-Tibet border, did not...

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Pakistan Army's self-destructive strategy of cease fire violations

Pakistan Army's self-destructive strategy of cease fire violations

By: Dr Simrit Kahlon | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Nov , 2020

Diwali celebrations in India and across the world entail bursting of crackers and associated festivities. The Pakistan Army, however, has devised its own celebration model that involves raining of...

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Zorawar Singh: A Military Appraisal and Millennium Tribute

Zorawar Singh: A Military Appraisal and Millennium Tribute

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Book Excerpt: Footprints in the Snow: On the trail of Zorawar Singh | Date: 17 Nov , 2020

Earlier Tributes In his book on Gulab Singh: The Founder of Kashmir, KM Pannikar, the eminent Indian historian had this to say of the generalship of Zorawar Singh:– “To have marched an army,...

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Maritime Dimensions of India’s Foreign Policy

Maritime Dimensions of India’s Foreign Policy

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 16 Nov , 2020

Maritime security and linked issues are important elements of India’s foreign policy architecture. The Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are closely associated with many of the initiatives...

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Sikkim from Batang La to Chorten La: A Narrative of the Himalayan Paradise

Sikkim from Batang La to Chorten La: A Narrative of the Himalayan Paradise

By: Col Alok Mathur, SM | Issue: Courtesy: www.defenceinfo.com | Date: 15 Nov , 2020

Sikkim, the beautiful 22nd State of Indian Union in the lap of mighty Himalayas, garnered headlines of World media on 9, May, 2020, when Indian Army troops clashed with a Patrol of the Chinese...

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Guns of Atari: The 1965 Indo–Pak War

Guns of Atari: The 1965 Indo–Pak War

By: Lt Col Rajinder Singh Modgil (Retd) | Issue: Book Excerpt: A Journey Spanning Two Wars | Date: 14 Nov , 2020

“India is facing aggression, we are at war. All defence personnel on leave report to their units forthwith.’’ The announcement was coming repeatedly on the radio. I was on my two months,...

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ASEAN Geopolitical Centrality in South East Asia 2020 Hinges on Dispensing...

ASEAN Geopolitical Centrality in South East Asia 2020 Hinges on Dispensing...

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 13 Nov , 2020

 “Perceptions” generated by visible foreign policy attitudinal inclinations count more than “Intentions” in foreign policy dynamics of Nations or Regional Organisations, ASEAN representing...

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New Internet Protocol: Redesigning the Internet with Chinese Characteristics?

New Internet Protocol: Redesigning the Internet with Chinese Characteristics?

By: Munish Sharma | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 12 Nov , 2020

The radical idea of a New Internet Protocol (IP), replacing the prevalent TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol), was put forward together by Huawei, the Chinese Ministry of...

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Attempting to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan is Imran Khan's latest...

Attempting to change the status of Gilgit-Baltistan is Imran Khan's latest...

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Nov , 2020

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has, on November, 01, announced that his government would give “provisional provincial status” to its illegally occupied territory of Gilgit-Baltistan....

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The Himalayas: Mystique of our Northern Frontiers

The Himalayas: Mystique of our Northern Frontiers

By: Col Satish Singh Lalotra | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 10 Nov , 2020

“The land North of Gangadwar is known to the wise as Paradise ground. Apart from this land, the rest is called earth elsewhere – Kedar Khand Skanda Puran” Nothing sums up more than the quote...

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Afghanistan: An Arena of Indo-Pak Conflict

Afghanistan: An Arena of Indo-Pak Conflict

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 09 Nov , 2020

US talks with Taliban with only Pakistan as the third participant have heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. An all-inclusive peace process as encompassed by the Moscow Peace talks may...

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