Operation Meghdoot: India's Conquest of the Siachen Glacier

Operation Meghdoot: India's Conquest of the Siachen Glacier

Operation Meghdoot, a monumental military endeavor launched on April 13, 1984, marks a defining moment in India’s history, epitomizing its unwavering determination to safeguard its territorial integrity. This audacious operation, orchestrated with meticulous planning by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF), aimed...

Ladakh: An Insurgency in the Making

Ladakh: An Insurgency in the Making

Overview Ladakh is strategically located at the crossroads of Central, East and South Asia with a vast tourism potential. Fertile valleys and river basins offer huge opportunities for agricultural development including organic farming and horticulture. Similarly, abundant sunlight and water resources make it conducive...

Pacific Power Play: US-Led Alliances, India, and China’s Strategic Moves

Pacific Power Play: US-Led Alliances, India, and China’s Strategic Moves

The China challenge goes far beyond the western Pacific. The strengthened US-led alliances in the western Pacific have their more security-oriented deterrent role, while the Quad, with India in it, has a wider, more diffused role in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. China continues to flex its...

Ladakh: An Insurgency in the Making

Ladakh: An Insurgency in the Making

Overview Ladakh is strategically located at the crossroads of Central, East and South Asia with a vast tourism potential. Fertile valleys and river basins offer huge opportunities for agricultural development including organic farming and horticulture. Similarly, abundant sunlight and water resources make it conducive...

Pacific Power Play: US-Led Alliances, India, and China’s Strategic Moves

Pacific Power Play: US-Led Alliances, India, and China’s Strategic Moves

The China challenge goes far beyond the western Pacific. The strengthened US-led alliances in the western Pacific have their more security-oriented deterrent role, while the Quad, with India in it, has a wider, more diffused role in maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. China continues to flex its...

Changing Indian Exceptionalism: Global and Regional Implications

Changing Indian Exceptionalism: Global and Regional Implications

In the current election season, the issue of India gifting the Kachchatheevu is land to Sri Lanka in 1974, has been raised as a poll issue by one party. Along with this ‘gift’, many Indians are now questioning similar ‘gifts’ like Aksai Chin to China, Kobe valley, Coco Island to Myanmar and offer of Rajouri...

HAL secures landmark defence contract of LCA Mark 1A

HAL secures landmark defence contract of LCA Mark 1A

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has recently clinched a monumental contract, marking a historic milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in defense manufacturing. The Defense Ministry has awarded HAL a staggering tender worth Rs 65,000 crore, signaling the procurement of 97 indigenously built LCA Mark 1A...

Triumph in the Skies: Agni-Prime's Flawless Flight Test Marks a Milestone in India's Defense Capabilities

Triumph in the Skies: Agni-Prime's Flawless Flight Test Marks a Milestone in India's Defense Capabilities

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC), along with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), orchestrated the triumphant flight-testing of the cutting-edge New Generation Ballistic Missile Agni-Prime. This landmark event unfolded with precision from the picturesque setting of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island,...

Siachen: Baisakhi & Meghdoot

Siachen: Baisakhi & Meghdoot

It was only fortuitous that India launched Operation Meghdoot on 13th April 1984 thereby successfully pre-empting Pakistan from occupying the Saltoro Heights on 1st May 1984 as per its plan. After the Indian Long Range Patrol – Polar Bear II – and the Pakistani Special Service Group (SSG) came face to face on Bilafond...

Operation Meghdoot: India's Conquest of the Siachen Glacier

Operation Meghdoot: India's Conquest of the Siachen Glacier

Operation Meghdoot, a monumental military endeavor launched on April 13, 1984, marks a defining moment in India’s history, epitomizing its unwavering determination to safeguard its territorial integrity. This audacious operation, orchestrated with meticulous planning by the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF), aimed...

Jobless Growth in India: Thoughts on Viksit Bharat

Jobless Growth in India: Thoughts on Viksit Bharat

Introduction One of the paradoxes of India’s growth story, after economic liberalization was introduced in 1991, has been jobless growth. At its peak during the years 2004-2009, while the average GDP growth rate was 8.7%, the growth in employment was 0.1% only. The recently released India Unemployment Report...

The Question of Sea Security in IR

The Question of Sea Security in IR

The recent induction of MH-60 R Helicopters and deployment of INS Jatayu in the Lakshadweep area by the Indian Navy will strengthen India’s maritime prowess in the Indian Ocean Area and enhance its reputation as a security provider in the region. The post-2022 has seen increasing concern by nations over the question of...

Top 3 Trends in Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Innovations to Watch Out

Top 3 Trends in Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS) Innovations to Watch Out

The swift evolution of drone technologies has brought forth a new era of innovation and convenience across sectors. The availability of advanced and affordable small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has facilitated diverse applications, ranging from delivering medical supplies to remote areas to maintaining commercial...

Proposed Reforms for DRDO: Debates and the Way Forward

Proposed Reforms for DRDO: Debates and the Way Forward

Introduction Economic liberalization came in the defence manufacturing sector in 2001, 10 years after India decided to be a free market economy. The policy mosaic included 100% participation of private sector players in defence manufacturing and permitted FDI of 26% from global players. This was in sharp contrast to...

MIRV Technology - Are we heading towards a MAD world

MIRV Technology - Are we heading towards a MAD world

On 11 March 2024 the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired an indigenously developed missile with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha. This test conducted by India as part of Mission Divyastra...

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Boon is Central Rule for Ladakhi Buddhists

Boon is Central Rule for Ladakhi Buddhists

The one region which suffered huge socio-economic and political losses after the accession of the erstwhile State...

Lt. Indra Lal Roy, DFC. The Forgotten Ace

Lt. Indra Lal Roy, DFC. The Forgotten Ace

A new book examines the life and times of the First World War aviator Just a dozen years after the Wright Brothers...

Ukraine has turned into paradise of drug lords and gangsters

Ukraine has turned into paradise of drug lords and gangsters

Though for the past few decades, Ukraine had been considered as paradise by drug lords and gangsters, with illicit substances flowing to and from many countries including Afghanistan, in the last two years situation has further worsened as the country is not only playing the role of hub of drug, weapon and human trafficking, it also has become an harbour for terrorist and is now exporting...

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Rahul Sankrityayan’s Tibet connect debunks false Chinese Narrative

During the annual ‘Two Meetings’ in Beijing, it was announced that China’s defence budget for 2024 would be $231.36 billion, an increase of 7.2 per cent from the previous year (about thrice the size of the Indian defence budget); it is a large increase, especially when one knows that official figures are only a fraction of the actual spending by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Li Jie, a Beijing-based naval expert, told the Chinese...

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DRDO carries out successful flight trial of Autonomous Flying Win

DRDO carries out successful flight trial of Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator, in Karnataka...

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Glimpses of 77th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort

Glimpses of the full dress rehearsal of the 77th Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort, in New Delhi...

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77th Independence Day

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh hoisting the National Flag on the occasion of 77th...

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Commissioning Ceremony of INS Mormugao

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh inaugurates of commissioning ceremony of INS Mormugao,...

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Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh paying homage to the fallen heroes at National War Memorial...

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