Spotlights

Surrender by militants: A positive trend but not without pitfalls

Surrender by militants: A positive trend but not without pitfalls

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Nov , 2017

Majid Khan, a budding footballer of Anantnag, Kashmir, joined the terrorist outfit, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), in beginning November this year, only to quit and surrender to security forces a week...

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Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

Problems of Costing in Defence Procurements

By: Amit Cowshish | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 22 Nov , 2017

The disputation over the price India will pay for the 36 medium multi-role combat aircraft, the contract for which was signed in 2016, brings into focus the vulnerability of the process of...

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Mother’s tears defeat terror

Mother’s tears defeat terror

By: Shiban Khaibri | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 21 Nov , 2017

Abraham Lincoln once said,” All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” The mother under reference did not eat a grain of food for a week, she had turned a distraught woman making...

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Strategic Partnership: The Unresolved Issues

Strategic Partnership: The Unresolved Issues

By: Sushil Chander | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 20 Nov , 2017

Self-reliance and indigenisation in defence manufacturing is vital for success in future wars. The doors for Private Industry participation were opened fifteen years hence, but the response has...

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Probability Game about War between China and USA in Asia

Probability Game about War between China and USA in Asia

By: Sumantra Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 18 Nov , 2017

Not reading Thucydides is a mistake, misreading Thucydides is fatal Ever since the curtain of the 19th party congress in China, there has been a flurry of contradictory political analysis on the...

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Sorry Farooq Abdullah: PoK is ours

Sorry Farooq Abdullah: PoK is ours

By: Rakesh Kr Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2017

“I tell them in plain terms – not only the people of India, but also to the world – that the part (of J&K) which is with Pakistan (PoK) belongs to Pakistan and this side to India. This...

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1971 Air War: Battle for Air Supremacy

1971 Air War: Battle for Air Supremacy

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Air Force in Wars | Date: 15 Nov , 2017

The IAF had initially deployed 10 squadrons in the East; four squadrons for air defence and six squadrons in strike role capacity. This against one squadron of F-86 of the PAF, although some...

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Is Nuclear Blackmailing Theory going to be a New Normal? Can the World...

Is Nuclear Blackmailing Theory going to be a New Normal? Can the World...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Nov , 2017

The use of nuclear capability as insurance for its defence, was cited as the main reason by every country, which added nuclear weapons to its armory, ever since it was invented. It spiraled into a...

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US President Trump’s Asia Pacific Tour November 2017- An Estimative Analysis

US President Trump’s Asia Pacific Tour November 2017- An Estimative Analysis

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Analysis Group | Date: 13 Nov , 2017

US  President Trump’s first tour of the Asia Pacific in November 2017, nearly a year after assuming office, raises two questions in terms of estimative analysis— whether it was a strategic...

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Recollections of the 1971 War

Recollections of the 1971 War

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 12 Nov , 2017

“Rockline Control from 202, request permission to start-up.” “202 from Rockline Control, standby for permission.” “202 from Rockline, permission denied, vacate cockpits and contact on...

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Why all this fuss for a few Indian Tunnels?

Why all this fuss for a few Indian Tunnels?

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Courtesy: http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/ | Date: 11 Nov , 2017

The meaning of ‘double standards’ is unknown in China. After The Economic Times reported that India plans to construct 17 highway tunnels totaling 100 kilometers along the line of actual...

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What the Inclusion of BRI in the Chinese Constitution Implies

What the Inclusion of BRI in the Chinese Constitution Implies

By: Jagannath P Panda | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 10 Nov , 2017

The recently concluded 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) amended the Party’s Constitution to include the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as one of the...

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Will Tillerson’s visit have any impact on Pak?

Will Tillerson’s visit have any impact on Pak?

By: Maj Gen Harsha Kakar | Issue: Courtesy: www.dailyexcelsior.com | Date: 09 Nov , 2017

Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of state arrived, spoke what he was expected to and left. Now it is time to take stock of what this awaited visit meant for India and Pakistan. India was his final...

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Curb Anti-nation Media in State, centre tells J&K Government: Rightly so

Curb Anti-nation Media in State, centre tells J&K Government: Rightly so

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Nov , 2017

Hindustan Times, a leading national daily of India, carried in its edition of 4, November, a news piece titled, “Stop ads if papers print ‘anti-national’ articles: Centre to Jammu &...

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Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

Afghanistan 2017 Witnesses the Power Tussle of Two New Strategic Trilaterals

By: Dr Subhash Kapila | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Nov , 2017

Strange and ironical are geopolitical histories of a region where within two decades geopolitical alignments have spun on their heads. This happens to be the case of Afghanistan’s turbulent last...

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US seeks Mediating role again: Playing into Islamabad's Hands

US seeks Mediating role again: Playing into Islamabad's Hands

By: Arul Louis | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 06 Nov , 2017

Having raised India’s role to that of an anchor of Pax Democratiam – the comity of democratic nations – United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hinted after his October visit to...

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Battle of Hajipir Pass 1965

Battle of Hajipir Pass 1965

By: Col Bhaskar Sarkar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Outstanding Victories of the Indian Army | Date: 04 Nov , 2017

The cease-fire of January I, 1949 ended the First Kashmir War but did nothing to improve the relations between Pakistan and India. Kashmir remained the bone of contention. Nehruji offered a no...

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The Indian Air Force’s Declining Squadron Strength – Options and Challenges

The Indian Air Force’s Declining Squadron Strength – Options and Challenges

By: Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj | Issue: Courtesy: IDSA | Date: 03 Nov , 2017

At a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Defence on 27 October 2017, senior officers of the Indian Air Force, including Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal S.B. Deo, were...

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Military Modernization of India Must Include an Urgent Naval Buildup

Military Modernization of India Must Include an Urgent Naval Buildup

By: Sumantra Maitra | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 31 Oct , 2017

In a recent under-reported news a pair of Chinese warships sailed up in River Thames. This is the first time Chinese warships made port calls in Britain, ad post Brexit Britain seeks closer...

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Will the US' Pressure on Pakistan Deliver Results?

Will the US' Pressure on Pakistan Deliver Results?

By: Shalini Chawla | Issue: Courtesy: IPCS | Date: 30 Oct , 2017

The US-Pakistan relationship has been strained over the last six years. It took an unyielding shift with the announcement of US President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy, which comprises four...

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