Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Topic: Defence

1962, IPKF to Balakot, Ladakh – India’s record in writing factual military history is poor

The manner in which the Modi govt and military have recorded the surgical strikes, Balakot airstrikes and Ladakh crisis has ensured that no authentic account will be written for posterity.

Why India must get rid of separate disciplinary codes for Army, Navy & Air Force

The progressive reform of a singular disciplinary code won't hurt esprit de corps, but instead add to the concept of 'jointness' among the forces.

India must strike to deter, any other policy for drone attacks will play into Pakistan’s hands

When it comes to drones hovering on India-Pakistan border, political will, equipped with a broad range of innovative capabilities to inflict pain, remains the best defence.

No US soldier was directly killed by ISIS drones. How they did it is a lesson for India

Jammu drone attack exposes a lacuna last seen in the Galwan clash – the lack of a joint assessment team.

India needs to shop for anti-drone systems. And we are already late

Despite DRDO's existing system to jam and take down drones, which was employed during the PM's Independence Day speech at Red Fort last year, why was it not procured?

Drones are low-cost, high-dividend threats. But India is still shooting in the dark

Never in history has a weapons system offered so much to terrorists at so low a cost.

IAF assets are few, but it has speed, flexibility on its side. Theatre commands can limit it

It seems India is in a hurry to establish theatre commands without having the concept clear. Not just the IAF, all stakeholders need to first assess their assets.

Take Indian Army out of counterinsurgency. It has to tackle leaner, modern PLA

India’s defence planners need to ask themselves what the purpose of the Army is — to fight internal battles or external?

A defence minister with military background — a risk India needs to take

The Modi government has initiated several defence reforms. But mere political acumen of the defence minister is insufficient to steer them.

Fighting Covid? Learn from the armed forces as nearly 100% personnel vaccinated already

At a time when the rest of the country is struggling on the Covid vaccination front, over 97% defence personnel have received the first dose and nearly 76% have got both the shots.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
File image of Tata Group's headquarters in Mumbai | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Tata in acquisition talks with as many as 5 brands, to bolster position in consumer goods sector

The conglomerate will likely face stiff competition in the sector from existing global giants such as Unilever, as well as Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries.


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China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.