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A Pakistani official, politician, army man, reporter walk into a TV show. Only one is a hero

From Arnab Goswami to Abhinandan Varthaman, many reliable Indian figures also make an entry in Ehd-e-Wafa, a TV drama sponsored by Pakistan military’s PR wing.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

A year on, IAF hero Abhinandan is training for another Balakot and training young pilots

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, now posted in the western sector, is due for promotion and command position next year.
The IAF's Akash Ganga team during the 87th Indian Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon Airbase, in Ghaziabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | The Print

Not much has changed for IAF a year after it was outgunned by Pakistan

India has made some progress in moving to acquire fighters, tech and equipment but it is yet to get its hands on any.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

‘Make chai, not war’ – Imran Khan’s message that almost won him the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Today, IAF’s Abhinandan Varthaman lives on in Pakistan’s memory either as a mannequin inside a war museum or as a poster boy for a tea stall.
Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa meets Flight Cadets | ANI File Photo

What would have happened if Abhinandan Varthaman was flying a Rafale, ex-IAF chief asks

Former IAF chief Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa took a veiled dig at previous govts, saying they kept negotiating for 10 years to get the advanced multi-role jets.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

Abhinandan Varthaman’s 51 Squadron to get unit citation for IAF’s Balakot strike

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF was captured by Pakistan after his MiG-21 Bison was shot down, but not before he downed a PAF F-16.

Abhinandan flies MiG-21, with IAF chief as the lead pilot

The IAF wing commander, who has resumed flying following his crash in the aftermath of the Balakot strikes, flew a MiG-21 Type 69 aircraft as co-pilot.
B.S Dhanoa and Abhinandan Varthaman | Images: ANI Photo

Come September, Wing Commander Abhinandan could fly with IAF chief in a MiG-21 Bison

The plan is to make Abhinandan Varthaman fly during the Apache attack helicopters induction ceremony in Pathankot on 3 September. He’s medically cleared.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)

RSS wants to help Hindi UPSC aspirants, urges Modi govt to do away with aptitude test

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8 pieces of clinching evidence that show how IAF’s Abhinandan shot down a Pakistani F-16

Using Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) & other evidence, an IAF veteran reconstructs IAF-PAF battle day after Balakot & concludes PAF indeed lost an F-16.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.