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Indian Army marching at Rajpath

Brave Ahirs & honourable Chamars: Army ‘regiments’ with more than just caste on their side

From Ahirs' valour in 1962 war to Chamar regiment’s honour in WW2, caste-based regiments’ celebration provide ground for their inclusion in Army.
Indian Army | representational image | Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Army personnel killed in firing by Pakistani troops in J&K’s Poonch district

The border skirmishes witnessed a spurt after India's air strike on JeM terror camp in Balakot in response to Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
Indian Army | Representational image | PTI

‘Missing’ jawan has not been kidnapped by militants, is safe: Govt dismisses reports

A defence spokesperson Saturday said the reports of the abduction of the jawan from Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir were incorrect.
Asif Ghafoor

Pakistan army’s ISPR speech shows it believes India’s window of surprise attack has closed

Pakistan is unsure of the scale of India’s full response to Pulwama, much of which falls outside its army’s comfort zone.
Security personnel inspect the site of suicide bomb attack at Lethpora area, in Pulwama, Friday | PTI

Explosives can’t be moved across LoC in winter & Pakistan now has zero-tolerance for terror

Pakistan’s stance towards terrorism has changed in last 2 years and India must recognise that.
Image of a Rafale aircraft | Dassault-Aviation.com

Rafale row confirms India needs its own defence industry if it has to be a global power

India's armed forces urgently require advanced technology in weapon systems and other equipment.
In this Nov 18, 2001 file photo, then defence minister George Fernandes interacts with the jawans at Siachen | PTI

George Fernandes never interfered in defence acquisition or promotion plans

George Fernandes was a proud Indian, a fine diplomat and a charming host.
In this file photo George Fernandes is seen inside the cockpit of an MiG-21 after completing a sortie, at Ambala Air Force Station

George Fernandes wouldn’t fix his broken gate, washed his clothes & was a teetotaller

George Fernandes died Tuesday at 88-years of age. An ex-Army General remembers his time with him. As a young Major deployed along the Line of Control (LoC) going to a meeting with George Fernandes in the late 1960s in Bombay (now Mumbai) was a known 'high-risk mission'. But my brother Vinod assured me that I would nevertheless be enthralled by his revolutionary oratory. I did go and emerged unscathed. His oft-used phrase "peace of the graveyard" stuck with me. My first personal meeting with George Fernandes was in the early 1990s. I had gone to him with a request to set up a meeting with then defence minister Sharad Pawar. Fernandes obliged and we became friends. After reading my case, Fernandes took me as his unofficial adviser on military matters as I had retired by then. Also Read: How a ‘viral’ image helped Mangalore’s George Fernandes win Bihar poll in absentia In 1998, George Fernandes became the defence minister in the NDA government. Someone who was trained to...
Women officer contingent of the Indian Army | Getty Images

Women in combat can fight on equal terms, they don’t need token representation in Army

The right of a woman to serve in any role in the armed forces must be equal to a man’s as long as the standards are not compromised.
PM Narendra Modi | Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

On surgical strikes and Pakistan, this ex-Army general has some advice for Modi

I know of no other tactical action in history that has been politicised like the surgical strikes under Modi government.

On Camera

PM Modi in Lok Sabha

India matlab Narendra Modi: How the PM learnt branding from Coca-Cola

Modi has followed the marketing strategy of fast-moving consumer goods and sold himself as the biggest brand of ‘vikaspanthi’ politics.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.