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PM Modi with Army and BSF Jawans in Kashmir in 2017 | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi govt wants a strong military, but its defence budget can’t guarantee that

Prime Minister Modi has been high on emotions and low on substance on military matters in the last five years.
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Why CAG and Modi govt’s claims of Rafale deal being cheaper are open to debate

Unless further details on costs and decision-making emerge, the 2016 NDA Rafale deal will remain in question.
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The day Rahul and Rafale came down on PM Modi, CAG report or not

As soon as the CAG report on Rafale deal was tabled in Parliament, TV channels jostled to get ‘exclusive’ rights.
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With a new report on PMO’s role in Rafale negotiation, where does the story go from here?

Parallel negotiations for purchase of Rafale fighter jets were believed to have been conducted by the Prime Minister’s Office, The Hindu report reveals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he emplanes for Maldives to attend the historic swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in New Delhi

PM and President’s Air India One planes to get state-of-the-art security systems

India will be purchasing two state-of-the-art missile defence systems for Air India One at an estimated cost of USD 190 million
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Beyond sea and land, India’s next defence challenge is drone terrorism

Terrorists are quick in exploiting emerging technologies and drones now add a new dimension to their strategy.
Outside HAL's Aircraft Research and Design Center in Bangalore | Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg News

Instead of grief & alarm, Indian politicians are foolishly celebrating failures of HAL

Rather than depending on a pool of ‘generalist’ bureaucracy, the government should look for the best available talent for leading HAL.
T-90 Bhisma tanks on Republic Day | Twitter

Defence budget crosses Rs 3 lakh crore, but lowest ever with respect to GDP

While Pakistan and China are focussing on modernising their armament, India’s own modernisation process could suffer because of the small increase in budget.
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 Dec 30, 2004 photo the then JD (U) President George Fernandes briefs the media after visiting the Tsunami affected areas in New Delhi | PTI

‘No worries, I am not pedigreed’: How I discovered the charming George Fernandes

George Fernandes had none of the pettiness of today’s politicians whose first response to a questioning journalist is to shut the door on them.

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File photo of Aseemanand being escorted by police personnel | PTI

Samjhauta blast acquittals have turned India’s accusing finger at Pakistan inwards

After the Samjhauta acquittal, it will be difficult for Indians to look Pakistanis in the eye and ask them tough questions about terrorism and 26/11 Mumbai attack.
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Should liberals and Congress feel sorry for LK Advani not being on the BJP list?

Many Congress supporters and commentators expressed their disappointment over the BJP’s decision to drop LK Advani from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar seat for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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File photo of Yasin Malik | Common

Security forces given ‘free hand’ in Kashmir Valley weeks before Lok Sabha polls

Modi govt bans Yasin Malik's JKLF. Home ministry official says it was responsible for the genocide & exodus of Kashmiri Pandits.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?