Friday, 23 February, 2018

National Security

Mirage 2000 formation

Get IAF back to full strength before thinking about integrating the services

The IAF is not fundamentally opposed to theatre command or an empowered CDS. There needs to be better understanding between the three services. Having broadly laid out the template for a debate on integration, I...
A CRPF jawan

I lived through a night of horror just because a CRPF camp moved next...

It is time to talk about the increased vulnerability of civilians in Kashmir who live in constant danger because their space is encroached by the army and paramilitary forces.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flanked by Canadian Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan

As Justin Trudeau visits India, Sikh groups in Canada are demanding a separate nation

Sikh groups in Canada, USA and UK openly support a separate Sikh nation, and Indian security agencies believe they are trying to revive militancy in Punjab.
Vayu Shakti

The debate over integrating the services: Understanding the Air Force perspective

Flexibility, concentration of effort & centralised control are essential for best utilisation of the IAF. These could be compromised under theatre commands.
police at Kasganj

Muslim man who was not in Kasganj during violence slapped with rioting & sedition...

Minorities commission chief writes to UP CM Yogi urging him to re-examine the case of Zahid Ilias Jagga, who is named in an FIR with serious charges.
Sukhoi T 50 (PAK FA) 52

China’s fifth-gen fighter jet now in operation; India’s plans with Russia still stuck

Proposal to use HAL resources to fund development project blocked even as Air Force faces budget crunch. Project now requires PMO intervention.
Vinayak Bhat/ThePrint

Tibet sees sharp jump in Chinese air force activity after Doklam standoff with India

Dual-use airports see 2-4 fold traffic increase; fighter jets and early warning aircraft deployed in the region permanently.
Ajit Doval

NSA Doval quietly visits Bhutan, reviews strategy amid Doklam build-up

PM Modi expected to visit Bhutan this year as India steps up reach-out, even as China pushes for a boundary deal with Himalayan nation.
Security personnel take position around the army family quarters at Sunjuwan Military Station during the terrorist attack in Jammu

Sunjuwan attackers had local support, suggests initial probe

J&K Police suggests the militants were from Pakistan, and that the attack was planned much in advance. Probe now handed over to NIA.
Security forces' personnel deployed at Sunjuwan Military Station during a terrorist attack

With rising violence in J&K an old trend emerges, locally recruited security personnel take...

While it is not established whether the attack on soldiers from Kashmir was intentional, militants have targeted local security men in the past.
Illustration by Peali Dezine on bank privatisation

If Modi wants a real legacy, he must undo Indira Gandhi’s disastrous bank nationalisation

From Jimmy Nagarwala’s Rs 60 lakh from SBI to Nirav Modi’s Rs 11,000 crore-plus from PNB, India has a 47-year record of scams in govt banks. Why do all govts still love them?

Gujarat Elections 2017