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Military Literature Festiva

Military literature festivals are best way to counter hyper-nationalism

Most writings on Indian strategic and military affairs are by foreign scholars, which can change with events like Military Literature Festival.
Army soldiers march during rehearsals for the 73rd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort, in New Delhi | PTI

To reform defence budget, Modi govt considers allotting arms purchase funds for 5 years

Since defence acquisitions involve a complex process lasting years, the proposal could give the armed forces some much-needed legroom.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

What Indian politicians, bureaucrats and military really think about each other

Tensions between civilians and the military are not new in India. However, the proliferation and reach of social media has only amplified differences.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

Army HQ wants code of conduct for retired personnel, veterans say ‘silly’ idea

There have been instances when retired officers' behaviour, especially on social media, has resulted in negative publicity for the forces.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets HAL employees after a sortie in LCA Tejas in Bengaluru on 19 September | PTI

Fresh off his Tejas flight, Rajnath says armed forces will use 75% indigenous tech by 2030

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt was working towards "making 100% of items in our country itself" and commended the DRDO for its work.
Gaganyaan National Advisory Council meet on 8 June. | isro.gov.in

First Gaganyaan flight unlikely to have woman astronauts

ISRO will pick three test pilots from the Indian armed forces, which currently have no women in these posts, for India's first manned space mission scheduled for 2022.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Chief of Defence Staff bold step but Modi govt’s big challenge will be inter-service rivalry

Logically, the Chief of Defence Staff should be the highest-ranked military officer and the principal military adviser to the Prime Minister.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

All Central Armed Police Forces personnel to retire at 60 years, orders home ministry

The order follows a Delhi High Court observation that said the previous retirement policy created two classes in the service with certain rank of officials retiring at 57 years and others at 60.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh with the three service chiefs at the national war memorial | Photo: ANI

Will Chief of Defence Staff’s role clash with that of NSA? A Lt General answers it for you

The Chief of Defence Staff could transform India’s warfighting and power projection capabilities.
Army soldiers march during rehearsals for the 73rd Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort, in New Delhi | PTI

There’s no patriotism without guns and glory in India now – new I-Day song shows just that

The new song, released by I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, devotes a disproportionate amount of footage to the mighty Indian defence forces.

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.