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...

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 China-US Equation

The China-US Equation

The news about the telephonic conversation between the POTUS Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 2, 2024, makes for interesting reading. Who wanted this discussion is not mentioned but obviously it was Biden who is exploring every avenue to earn brownies in the run up to the upcoming presidential...

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...

The China-US Equation

The China-US Equation

The news about the telephonic conversation between the POTUS Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 2, 2024, makes for interesting reading. Who wanted this discussion is not mentioned but obviously it was Biden who is exploring every avenue to earn brownies in the run up to the upcoming presidential...

Surviving its Own Game Play: Rise in Anti Pak Insurgencies- The BLA and others

Surviving its Own Game Play: Rise in Anti Pak Insurgencies- The BLA and others

On 26th March 2024, the Balochistan Liberation Army’s (BLA’s) Majeed Brigade attacked PNS Siddique, which is the second largest Naval base in Pakistan after the PNS Mehran. PNS Siddique is co-located with the Turbat International Airport. In order to commence the infiltration into PNS Siddique, the armed assailants...

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...

The ‘Invisible Ghosts’ who paved the path for allied victory in World War II

The ‘Invisible Ghosts’ who paved the path for allied victory in World War II

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near”― Sun Tzu, The Art of War Deceit and deception are battle...

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...

Human Security and its Dimensions

Human Security and its Dimensions

The concept of human security is a controversial approach by a certain group of post-Cold War 1.0 academicians (after 1990) for the purpose of redefining and at the same time making broader the meaning of security in global politics and the studies of international relations (IR). We have to keep in mind that up to the...

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...

Interviews / Spotlight

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...

Maldives’ Maladies

Maldives’ Maladies

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu, who got elected flaunting his “India out” credentials, surprised everyone last week by saying India will continue to remain his country’s closest ally. In his first-ever interview to a local media outlet, Muizzu emphasised that he had “not taken any action nor made any statements” that may strain the relationship between the two countries. He...

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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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