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India is now the world’s 4th-highest defence spender, overtaking Russia

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, India’s defence spending has risen because of heightened tensions with China & Pakistan.
Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

India slipped further behind China under Modi govt

China has outspent India on defence, implemented sweeping military & diplomatic reforms & built strategic infrastructure in India’s backyard.
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India completes phase one of ballistic missile defence programme, nod for missiles awaited

Phase one of the programme will see Delhi and Mumbai being guarded against incoming ballistic missiles.
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BJP & Congress manifestos offer a security policy high on emotions, low on substance

The Congress manifesto, while marred by flaws, is more positive, specific and action-oriented on national security than the BJP's.
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SC order on ‘stolen’ documents: Did Modi govt miscalculate by being opaque on Rafale deal?

The Supreme Court has agreed to allow petitions challenging Rafale deal based on defence ministry documents accessed by The Hindu newspaper.
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ISRO and IIT Madras can bring to life Sivakasi’s dying firecracker industry

Defence ministry too wants to indegenise ammunition production, and Tamil Nadu govt can use this to turn Sivakasi into a propellant manufacturing hub.
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.

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.

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.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.



RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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.