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  • PROTECTING THE FLAG
    Posted in: July-August 2017

    In August, bail granted to Lt Col P. S. Purohit, an Intelligence Corps officer, accused of complicity in the bomb blasts that took place in Malegaon, Maharashtra on 8 September 2006 was widely covered in the media. So also were the riots that erupted in Panchkula, after a self styled godman, Gurmeet Singh aka Ram […]

  • EDITOR’S NOTE-SHEDDING THE WEAK STATE TAG
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    The shaping of events over the last couple of years give one the sense that the country isfinallyshedding its tag of being a weak state. A more confident India appears no longer willing to be a convenient punching bag for various actors, both within the country and outside it, which gives one the assurance that […]

  • COVER STORY-THREE WARFARES: A PRONG OF CHINA’S MILITARY STRATEGY
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    Amid the face off between India and China over the Dolam plateau — an area which belongs to Bhutan but is claimed by China — an understanding of Chinese military strategy throws up light on the current aggressive and threatening posture taken up by the Chinese media over an issue which normally would not invite […]

  • KEY REFORMS REMAIN ELUSIVE
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    India’s defence preparedness has for long been shrouded in opacity. Awareness of matters pertaining to defence both by the law makers and those in India’s bureaucracy manning the defence ministry leaves much to be desired. It was thus a breath of fresh air which blew in the dusty corridors of South Block when Mr Manohar […]

  • KEEP THE POWDER DRY
    Posted in: May-June 2017

    Since Independence, the nation has been faced with security challenges, either from external powers or internal actors, some aided by external powers. The challenges have been squarely addressed by the Forces, who have left no stone unturned in their quest to protect and guard the Frontiers of India from external aggression and the people of […]

  • NEEDLING THE ARMY
    Posted in: April-May-2017

    A rather peculiar phenomenon which is now appearing on the political landscape and in the mainstream and social media, is that anyone who is anyone, feels compelled to comment on the country’s Armed Forces, more so on the actions of the Army. The trend gained traction after the terror attack on the Air Force Station […]

  • ENHANCING DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    The news that the Defence Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley has given the green signal to the recommendations made by the Committee of Experts set up by the previous Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar is indeed heart warming. Considering that most committee reports continue to gather dust, years after they were submitted to the government, the […]

  • AMBUSH IN SUKMA
    Posted in: Feb-March 2017

    In his book “The Life of Reason”, George Santayana, the Spanish American philosopher observed, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. This statement, made in the larger historical context, has equal applicability to conflict situations. If operational lessons are not correctly learned, casualties will continue to occur with monotonous regularity. The […]

  • THOSE WERE THE DAYS
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2017

    There could be no better advertisement for the Indian Army, and indeed for the Indian Armed Forces than this book by General Baljit Singh. A melange of 101 short stories, written with consummate passion and skill, takes the reader to places very few have been privileged to see and brings forth vivid experiences of life […]

  • SELECTION OF A CHIEF: IT IS THE GOVERNMENTS PREROGATIVE
    Posted in: Dec-Jan 2017

    The announcement by the Government of the successor to Gen. Dalbir Suhag as the next Army Chief has evoked widespread comments, not just from the service community, both serving and retired but from politicians, journalists and just about everybody who is in a position to express an opinion. The cause célèbre for such interest in […]