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An INS Chakra SSN submarine used by Indian Navy | Commons

Balakot shows India needs to take its technological military edge beyond Pakistan’s reach

Pakistan has bridged the gap as far as relative technological edge is concerned, and India’s numerical edge will be in play only in long-duration war.
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The real problem with AFSPA is how a normal law can bypass constitutional safeguards

India does not need to look far to see how military power can undermine constitutional orders.
Indian army soldiers | Representational image | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Former chiefs of Army, Navy, Airforce claim armed forces being used for political gains

The veterans expressed their outrage in a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, saying it is "unusual and unacceptable" that political leaders take credit for military operations.
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BJP is using armed forces in polls but Modi govt fighting them in Supreme Court over money

Most of Modi government’s arguments to deny non-functional upgrade to the armed forces won’t stand a layman’s scrutiny let alone legal scrutiny.

I met Manohar Parrikar last month & saluted him on behalf of soldiers whose lives he touched

Manohar Parrikar directly interacted with armed forces' veterans and their families to listen to their problems and suggestions.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat | PIB

If India continues to politicise military, we may not look very different from Pakistan

The Indian armed forces are as accountable to the people as any other institution in a democratic country.
People wear masks of IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman and PM Narendra Modi during a rally in New Delhi | T. Narayan/Bloomberg

Indian armed forces up against an adversary they aren’t trained to fight — politicians

Modi with Abhinandan in a BJP campaign poster and AAP rally make soldiers wary of their exploitation for political gains.
Security personnel stand guard over Raisina Hill in New Delhi| T. Narayan/Bloomberg

Despite Imran Khan’s offer, Pakistan’s track record is why India has to escalate

India is left with no option but to persevere with its strategy of forcing ‘compellence’ on Pakistan, no matter how long it takes.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

Operation Parakram: The war that wasn’t but could have reined in Pakistan

‘Coercive diplomacy’ was a mere fig leaf to cover the strategic fiasco in 2002.
Indian army soldiers | Representational image | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

In post-Section 377 world, military can still punish what it calls ‘unbecoming conduct’

Armed forces can and must continue to enforce their higher moral standards to maintain discipline.

On Camera

How, and why, we learned to stop worrying and love the electoral bonds

Modi government’s electoral bonds scheme has several benefits that its critics ignore. But even their criticisms are without merit.
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Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.