Aug-Sep 2017

  • SHAPE PERCEPTIONS— BUT DON’T MUDDY THE WATERS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    The Prime Ministers ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Campaign) is unexceptionable. It is potentially transformational in so much as it seeks to change attitudes and mindsets. In their personal life and in their own homes, Indians are perhaps the cleanest people in the world. This however, does not translate into the public space, where little […]

  • REMINISCENCES
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    When I joined my Paltan nearly 50 years ago, life in the army was rather different to that it is today. There was a lot of emphasis and much respect for customs and traditions. Being an ‘Officer and a Gentleman’ was a quality that was much admired and respected by seniors and peers alike. Notwithstanding […]

  • AN ICON PASSES AWAY
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    It was a poignant moment for the Indian Armed Forces and indeed for the Indian nation, when the Marshal of the Air Force, Arjan Singh passed away in Delhi on 16 Sept 2017, aged 98 years. Just two years shy of what would have been a remarkable century—one that the whole nation was praying for, […]

  • ONE-ZERO, OVERHEAD
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    The R/T in Air Traffic Control crackled, “Blackjack Tower; One-Zero, Two Minutes”. And there was panic! The SATCO (Senior Air Traffic Controller) had just enough time to respond “Call Overhead” before he grabbed his telephone and called up the Station Commander. In minutes, the news went round the Station. The AOC (Air Officer Commanding) Operations […]

  • GEOPOLITICS OF ABEMONICS
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    The MoU/ Agreements signed between PMs Modi and Shinzo Abe on 14 Sep 2017 must not be seen in isolation of bilateralism. Bilateral agreements of this nature are result of deepening political convergence which sets the agenda for the diplomatic and military organs of the states. Invariably, such agreements between two democracies shape the geopolitical […]

  • THE “INDIAN” AIR FORCE ON THE FAR HORIZON
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    Was it the title of the recently concluded 12th International Conference on “Energising Indian Aerospace Industry — Gathering Momentum?” that made the event this year so different? The conference decidedly moved at a pace far different to the earlier years and, in fact, seemed to impart such impetus and momentum that by the end of […]

  • UAVs: Military Requirements and Future Technologies
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    High Value ISR Platforms The United States government has offered to supply 22 Sea Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to India. The Sea Guardian is a state-ofthe-art advanced maritime reconnaissance UAV , which is expected to be a game changer for maritime security. Earlier, in 2015, of the four ‘pathfinder’ projects that were shortlisted for […]

  • CLUTTERING THE AIR SPACE
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    Employment of air power for close air support missions in operations necessitates planning and coordination in air space management between various agencies. Air defence, artillery guns and rockets, attack and reconnaissance helicopters as also close air support aircraft operated simultaneously in the same limited air space, possibly with different height zones, however a risk of […]

  • BLOOD-BUDDHAS: HOW INDIAN HERITAGE FUELS THE GLOBAL TERROR-MACHINERY
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    How much does a terrorist attack cost? Where does the money come from? How does the money get through to terror groups? How are far-off countries like India, an integral part of the terrorfunding network? While Indian media was busy justifying and communalising the issue; international agencies like the UNSC and Antiques Coalition published some […]

  • MY SOJOURN IN KUTCH
    Posted in: Aug-Sep 2017

    After over five decades some memories of Kutch operation still linger in my mind. Soon after commissioning in June 1963, I joined 11 Field Regiment in New Mal in 27 Mountain Division. The gnawing memories of Chinese threat had galvanised the Army in the Northeast and we were training day in and day out in […]