Saturday, 2 July, 2022

Topic: CDS

CDS not the only one. India’s national security management has two more missing links

The absence of a National Security Strategy and revised Raksha Mantri’s Operational Directives means the Indian Armed Forces plan and operate in an ad hoc manner.

Modi govt is scraping the barrel to find the next CDS. It’s an insult to military hierarchy

It seems CDS eligibility has been tweaked to pick a specific retired Lt Gen or Army Commander. The spin of 'deep selection' to find the 'meritorious' is just a charade.

Choice pool for CDS shouldn’t have been expanded. Unless it’s about finding a loyal follower

Opening the choice for CDS outside of serving or ex-chiefs can unleash the demons of ambitions and cut-throat competition to impress the political leadership.

Don’t use security excuse – Keeping armed forces under RTI helps soldiers and veterans

The armed forces account for nearly 15 per cent of India’s annual expenditure. RTI Act is a precious tool to keep a check on corruption in procurements, constructions and defence deals.

MoD ‘empire’ has struck back on PM Modi’s CDS reform. But he must stay his course

It was probably too much to expect that the CDS could bring about the politically mandated changes despite friction between MoD and the Services.

Modi govt must utilise the pause period in CDS Rawat’s replacement and fine-tune the role

Two aspects deserve a closer look: Should India continue with the triple-hatted appointment of the CDS? What should be the scope of their operational mandate?

Modi govt likely to split post of CDS & Secretary DMA, both held by General Bipin Rawat

Office of CDS was responsible not only for integration of armed forces, but also bureaucratic work as Secretary DMA. Now, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff could be Secretary DMA & report to CDS.

8 years back, Modi promised to transform India’s military. Today, the plan is in disarray

A large number of standalone military reforms have been conceptualised but for inexplicable reasons have not been executed.

CAA, CDS, OBCs – Modi govt has perfected the art of creating big bang headlines & dithering

Narendra Modi is arguably the most popular leader. And yet, most of the government’s big bang reforms are seeing no progress.

On Camera


PM Modi at the MSME Idea Hackathon, 2022. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP, Modi’s ‘total politics’ stems from insecurity. They still don’t rule the power elite

Yogendra Yadav is wrong. BJP might have a hegemonic position in politics and economy, but it's not the same in moral and intellectual spaces.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.