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Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses during the launch of 'Himgiri', the 2nd of Project 17A class of stealth frigates in Kolkata on 14 December 2020 | ANI Photo

CDS Bipin Rawat visits Ladakh to review security situation amid border standoff with China

Rawat's visit comes days after he toured key installations including 'forward most air maintained' posts in Dibang Valley, Lohit sector & Subansiri valley near LAC in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Narendra Modi government has announced a 30 per cent pay cut for MPs, and suspended MPLADS funds | Photo: ANI via Lok Sabha TV

Indian military won’t reform by itself. But Parliament’s diluted role is a bigger concern

In developed nations, the defence committee is the main driver for national security reforms. But the Modi govt in India has completely diluted Parliament's role.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat addresses the National Defence College diamond Jubilee webinar, in New Delhi on 6 November 2020 | ANI

CDS Bipin Rawat told Gorakhpur students to rediscover culture but forgot military tradition

If institutions under Gorakhnath Math are not part of the military’s restricted list, then I am sure neither would be institutions run by Darul Uloom Deoband.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Why Army wants a new Deputy Chief and Director General at its headquarters

Idea for a Deputy Chief (Strategy) came about during the Doklam crisis when it was felt the Army Headquarters needed closer and direct coordination between its verticals.
Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

Don’t tinker with Indian military’s way of life to fix your out-of-control fiscal deficit

Some half-baked economist came up with the specious argument to reform military life to save money — and CDS Bipin Rawat-led DMA swallowed the bait hook line and sinker.
Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat | File photo: ANI

India will not accept changes to LAC, status quo has to be restored, says CDS Rawat

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat says China facing unanticipated consequences for Ladakh. He says probability of full scale conflict is low, but LAC confrontations could turn into larger conflict.
Representational image for the Indian Army | Photo: ANI

Veterans must know that rising defence pension bill needs to be tamed for military’s own good

Modi govt needs to come out with a new National Pension Scheme for India's armed forces to give them extra in comparison to the civilian workforce.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting with CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat, the three service chiefs and other officials (for representation) | Photo: ANI

Don’t criticise CDS, service chiefs for integrity pledge. Accept corruption in armed forces

Procurement procedures in the armed forces are near perfect. So if sub-standard equipment pass through, it's either because the leadership is corrupt or it is incompetent.
CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India’s security to be maintained not along LAC but in ‘extended neighbourhood’ too, says CDS

Addressing a symposium, Gen Rawat said the armed forces should work through budgetary constraints by finding best solutions through new acquisitions & optimisation.
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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.

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Why Bill Gates is keen on private jets

A popular refrain is that once people fly private, they aren’t eager to go back to the headaches of commercial flights, but Gates' interest has little to do with his own travel plans.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt still hopes global giants will join race to buy Bharat Petroleum

The planned sale of the Narendra Modi government’s 53% stake in Bharat Petroleum will be India’s first big-ticket transaction in over a decade.


Smart Anti Airfield Weapon test fired from a Hawk-i aircraft in Odisha on 21 January

HAL successfully test fires smart anti-airfield weapon from Hawk-i aircraft

The indigenous stand-off weapon, developed by DRDO, is the first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk-Mk132.

Neither ‘udta’ nor ‘padhta’ Punjab. Question is how India’s no. 1 state in 2003 fell to 13

Punjab, once India’s richest state, has slipped and fallen behind. MSP and subsidies should continue, but it needs to rediscover its entrepreneurial impulse.