June- July 2017

  • 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 […]

  • GENERAL SPEAK-POST TRUTH ERA
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    I wonder how many in the uniformed fraternity have really come to grips with living in the Post Truth Era! It may surprise many to know that the words or the phrase, was the Oxford dictionaries word of the year in 2016. Without going into its literal meaning, ‘it implies that objective facts are less […]

  • MOTIVATION-THE FLAG
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    This poem is from the USA. But it is equally applicable to the People of India. The author of the poem is anonymous. But the words are powerful. We must remember that a flag represents an idea, or an ideal and is honoured for what it represents. We must also remember that it is the […]

  • YOUR VOICE-LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    Dear Sir, The requirement of a CDS is a foregone conclusion. We need CDS but CDS by itself will not be able to resolve the problems of the defence establishment. The appointment of CDS has to be accompanied with structural reforms as also reforms to systems and processes of our higher defence organisation. For this, […]

  • OUT OF THE BLUE-DRAGONFIRE
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    26th July, Vijay Diwas, is a significant day celebrating our victory in the Kargil conflict, as also a day of remembrance for those valiant warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of the nation. Stirring stories abound, and rightly so, of the valour shown by the officers and men of the Indian Army. […]

  • PERISCOPE-POLITICS IN MALDIVES: WARNING SIGNS FOR YAMEÈN?
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    The developments in Maldives remain worrisome for India. The arrest of a former Prosecutor General, Muhtahaz Muhsin and a judge, Ahmed Nihan and subsequent release of Muhsin indicates an attempt by President Yameen to browbeat the judiciary. Some of the takeaways from the developments in Maldivers are, firstly, the opposition may have come to know […]

  • 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 […]

  • COVER STORY-INDIA CHINA STANDOFF: HOW AND WHY
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    On 6 June 2017, ahead of the start of the SCO summit in Astana in Kazakhstan, a meeting took place between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping of China. The meeting, coming on the heels of a series of contentious issues between the two countries was cordial, giving rise to the hope of […]

  • COVER STORY-TIBET ABANDONED AND THE LESSONS OF NATHU LA
    Posted in: June- July 2017

    The stand off between Indian and Chinese troops on the Dolam plateau in Bhutan has all the potential of leading to full scale war. My Battalion 4 Guards (1RAJPUT) has had three tenures in Sikkim including two at Jelep La and I have been fortunate to have visited the state several times thereafter. I also […]