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The videos of the surgical strikes against Pakistan were released by Prime Minister's office | Wikimedia Commons

Surgical strikes had great propaganda value, but has only made things worse

In the short term, the strikes had great propaganda value that can be used for political gains, and stirring nationalistic fervour.
Image used for representational purposes | Commons

Despite lack of details, surgical strikes signalled Modi’s aggressive diplomacy

The calculation that India can afford this brinkmanship like surgical strikes is a costly gamble.
There have been multiple attempts from Pakistan to attack India.

India shouldn’t hesitate to strike back at Pakistan if it has adequate evidence

There have been multiple attempts to attack India around the anniversary of the 2016 surgical strikes. India shouldn't hesitate to strike back
The NIA has conducted multiple raids in Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi to track down terror funds from Pakistan

78 raids yield just Rs 5 cr, raise questions about NIA’s hunt for Kashmir terror funds

NIA insists it has found significant evidence of terror funds coming from Pakistan, but it is yet to establish a money trail, which could hurt its case.
Ceasefire violations on LoC

Surgical strikes were well executed, but aimed at appeasing a domestic audience

At last the government has come up with a strategy of "compellance" against Pakistan, but has it come up with a plan to deal with what comes after? 
Indian army

Surgical strikes have given Indian Army retaliatory space across LoC

The surgical strikes indicated a threshold for Indian response. Kashmir, however, will continue to simmer.
China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan

China’s mega fortress in Djibouti could be model for its bases in Pakistan

Though called a ‘logistics base’, the facility can accommodate a brigade and has unprecedented security arrangements
Soldiers doing yoga in the snow

After Parrikar’s ‘no’, defence ministry opening up to alternative medicines for soldiers

Then defence minister said ayurveda not suitable for armed forces; AYUSH ministry seminar explores possibilities
India and US discussed defence cooperation but India has said it won't send troops to Afghanistan

As India & US discuss defence cooperation, Army foils Pak-backed terror attack on LoC

Pakistan’s BAT team, notorious for beheading Indian soldiers, tried to push intruders; India says it won’t send troops to Afghanistan.
Russian Ruslan Sayakhov was wanted by the Interpol for the murder of his girlfriend and he was finally caught in Delhi

Russian murder accused on Interpol’s wanted list lands in Delhi Police net

Ruslan Sayakhov escaped to India and became a yoga guru after killing his girlfriend and disposing her body in a Russian jungle in 2012.

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CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.