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Indian armed forces' personnel during PM Modi's visit to Leh, 3 July | PTI

From Nathu La to Galwan, India has been trapped in reaction-mode to China’s aggression

Galwan shows India has been trapped in a reactive posture, always a step behind the Chinese for the last 70 years.
File photo of Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

Australia warns of a ‘more unstable, more dangerous and more vulnerable’ post Covid world

Speaking on Australia’s 2020 Defence Strategic Update, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the region around Indo-Pacific is witnessing strategic realignment similar to that of World War 2. Read her full speech here.

Doklam team of Jaishankar-Doval-Rawat let Modi down but he has an option

If a survey was conducted today, Modi would still get most votes as the leader Indians trust to tackle China. But any attempt to hide facts can shake this trust.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

India’s escalation worked against Pakistan, time for similar response to China

There are alternatives to a purely defense response to asymmetric attacks. China values its international narrative, and India should hit where it hurts.
PM Narendra Modi stands with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Apart from FDI limit increase, Modi govt’s defence reforms won’t boost ‘Make in India’

The private sector is struggling in defence because the Ordnance Factory Board and other Defence Public Sector Undertakings always get preference in India.
PM Narendra Modi with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | File photo: ANI

How to bring ‘Big Bang’ reforms in India? Wait for a crisis – even Modi had to

India has once again lived up to reputation of using a crisis to unleash difficult reforms. Nirmala Sitharaman has introduced bold reforms in holy cow sectors like agriculture and defence.
CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Flexible procurement rules, hand-holding defence PSUs: CDS’ plan for domestic manufacturing

General Bipin Rawat’s plans to boost defence manufacturing comes just before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘structural reforms’ announcement.
An M777 155mm lightweight field howitzer

CDS Bipin Rawat to work on items for import ban, artillery guns could be included

FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced a slew of measures to boost ‘Make in India’ in defence sector, including raising the FDI limit in manufacturing to 74%.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Three pitfalls of CDS, Dept of Military Affairs and why it should make us sceptical

CDS Rawat must articulate a management structure in the DMA that is internally consistent and logical. Otherwise, the military risks being neither here nor there.
File photo of CDS General Bipin Rawat | PTI

Bipin Rawat headed-DMA will give preference to domain experts like DRDO and ISRO

The Gen Rawat-headed Department of Military Affairs is currently operating with an interim structure as govt is yet to accord final sanction.

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Social distancing or herd immunity? A combination of both needed to contain Covid

The US desperately needs a solid strategy unlike what the Trump administration has in place — doing almost nothing and telling people the disease will go away.

India at the doorstep of economic revival, says RBI governor Shaktikanta Das

Speaking at a book launch, Das said India followed the fiscal expansion path to deal with Covid-related challenges and govt will have to spell out a fiscal roadmap post-Covid.

Defence

File photo of INS Kavaratti | Indian Navy

Navy to commission INS Kavaratti, an indigenously-built warfare stealth corvette tomorrow

Like its predecessors, the new corvette does not have air defence systems than the close-in weapons deployed on board and the Navy is looking at getting new Short Range Air Defence System.
Illustration by Soham Sen

NDA is sacrificial horse as Modi-Shah complete their Ashwamedha & redefine Indian politics

You like Modi-Shah’s new plan, good for you. If you don’t, you will need more than viral tweets to challenge this Ashwamedha.