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Sqn Ldr Arjun Subramaniam with his daughter Shruti next to a MiG-21 Type 96 from No 37 Squadron | Source: Arjun Subramaniam

On coronavirus, Indians can overcome fear the way I did on my MiG-21 in 1986

Fear for a soldier is the onset of doubt that a mission won’t be accomplished. But fear is never the solution, India should know that as it fights coronavirus.
Bipin Rawat

Indian Army, Air Force and Navy must work out a joint media policy for information warfare

To excel in the information warfare, India’s defence forces need to see the media as a force multiplier, and not as a necessary evil.
An Apache helicopter

Army and IAF fought over Apache choppers, costing us Rs 2,500 crore more. Blame their silos

Purchase of 28 Apache helicopters is the prime example of how India could have worked out a better deal had the IAF and Army not acted in silos.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

IAF, Navy delaying procurement due to funds crunch. And lesser said the better about Army

Former Defence Minister and current Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman must keep Indian forces in mind while allocating Budget 2020. The last one was a disaster.
Pakistan Army signing the Instrument of Surrender in Dhaka in 1971

As a young captain in 1971 Bangladesh war, I gave Pakistan’s Lt-Gen the letter to surrender

My battalion, 2 PARA, was the first of the many troops to enter ‘Dacca’ after Pakistan’s defeat.
Indian Navy

Army, Air Force & Navy studying each other’s laws to bring into effect Joint Services Act

The forces are looking at international practices, including American Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 that reworked command structure of the US military.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Having achieved strategic goal with Balakot, Modi govt should now pivot to diplomacy

As Pakistan promises to release Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman, India must de-escalate because prolonging crisis won’t get us anything new.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the two-day BJP National Convention | PTI

On Rafale, go beyond costs and ask why Modi govt scrapped older process to get 126 aircraft

Modi government's extraordinary ineptitude can only be explained by the circumvention of laid down procedures in the Rafale deal.
Rafale deal

On Rafale deal, Supreme Court is not really looking at procurement process

Supreme Court wants to look at government discretion rather than technical issues in Rafale deal.
PM Indira Gandhi with her three Chiefs | Arjun Subramaniam, 'India's Wars: A Military History 1947-1971

Even before 1971 war started with Pakistan, India had won the battle

A perfect political-military-intelligence synergy allowed India to dictate the pace of operations in 1971 war with Pakistan.

On Camera

Animals have come home. Covid-19 lockdown gives control back into nature’s hands

With people in India and elsewhere locked down in homes due to the coronavirus, the peaceful reclamation of public spaces by animals is teaching us important lessons.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.