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Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

India in Ladakh is breaking ‘China is invincible’ myth. Pentagon needs to catch up

It's worth remembering that even as the Soviet Union collapsed, Pentagon’s 1989 report was still extolling its prowess. The talk of China’s ‘rising’ power is a Beijing product.
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Indian Army’s orthodox doctrine distorts military strategy in Ladakh-type conflicts: Study

Stanford researcher writes why New Delhi in recent times has been left with an invidious all-or-nothing choice in the use of military force—either start a major war or abstain from action.
Jahnvi Kapoor in a still from the movie Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl | YouTube/ Netflix India

Gunjan Saxena on Netflix made me a bechari, from being a strong woman in my daughters’ eyes

Every scene in 'Gunjan Saxena — The Kargil Girl' that was laced with gender bias evoked sympathy from my daughters, writes retired Army officer Captain Shikha Saxena.
Representational image of military equipment in Ladakh | Photo: ANI

Armed forces working on 100 emergency procurement contracts amid tensions with China

Army is in process of procuring armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot ammunition fired by T-72, T-90 main battle tanks, additional Heron drones and mines, among other things.
The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
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Defence ministry approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

The defence ministry cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore for the armed forces.
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TikTok, WeChat were banned by armed forces much before Modi govt blocked them

The Army earlier this month had come up with an updated list of 89 apps, saying they would be banned for use. The list included TikTok, WeChat, Zoom, and even Facebook.
File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Armed forces put non-operational expenditure on hold amid Covid-19 fund crunch

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also tells top commanders to ensure operational preparedness, so that ‘adversary’ can’t exploit current situation.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

Terrorists can weaponise coronavirus. Armed forced need to be extra-vigilant

In the third and fourth stage of an epidemic, the scale of infected population overwhelms the resources. The armed forces can be a huge support to the govt.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

Avoid festivals, malls, set up isolation wards — how Army is preparing to fight coronavirus

The Army order, issued on 5 March, asked personnel to postpone non-essential mass gatherings such as festivals, welfare activities and public functions.

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A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?