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Representational image of Indian Army personnel in Kashmir | ANI

14-day quarantine waived for Army, Navy, Air Force amid India-China row, but riders apply

New guidelines exempt personnel from 14-day quarantine if they are asymptomatic & have not come into contact with a Covid patient in 14 days.
The Ministry of Defence meeting to review the progress on implementing the Shekatkar report | Photo: ANI

Bureaucracy intact in Indian military. DMA only brings ill-advised orders for armed forces

CDS Rawat-led Department of Military Affairs is trying to fix measures for habitat and infrastructure projects of the armed forces. But its measures signal far-reaching reforms.
An Army soldier wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at Guwahati railway station | Photo: ANI

Not using Army during exodus of migrants was an error of judgement. Modi govt will rue it

Deploying Army to help migrants would have shown state governments in poor light but it’s a non-issue when tackling a disaster of this magnitude.

Modi govt made defence exports jump 700%. Now it must radically reform ordnance factories

PM Modi targets $5 billion in defence exports in next 5 years. If 'Make in India’ reaches its full potential, $10-15 billion is achievable in a decade.
Indian Navy

SC permanent commission order likely to open last frontier for Navy women — service at sea

While women are allowed to serve in many other branches, restrictions on sea service put them at a disadvantage against male colleagues when it comes to promotions. 
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.

CDS Bipin Rawat on military retirement age at 58: Is greying army a good or dangerous idea?

CDS Bipin Rawat said Tuesday that the retiring age of armed forces personnel, those below the rank of officers, should be extended to 58, from the current 37-38.
An Indian Air Force military helicopter displays an Indian flag as it flies past during the Republic Day Parade | Bloomberg

For awards’ sake, Indian military must separate ‘gallant’ act from getting ‘killed in action’

Since all soldiers in a battle do their duty, identifying the ‘bravest among the brave’ becomes a complex issue for Indian military. Here’s what it can do.
Fauji set Shah Rukh Khan on to the path of superstardom in the 80s | Images: YouTube | ThePrint

Shah Rukh Khan Fauji 2 must rescue Indian armed forces from Republic TV, Aaj Tak, Zee News

In times of CAA, police encounters, JNU and AMU, and now DSP Davinder Singh, Indian TV serials are still about who loves whom and who loves to hate whom.
Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Stop celebrating CDS. Gen Rawat will barely be able to command forces thanks to bureaucracy

The bureaucratic sleight of hand has put Gen Bipin Rawat at a disadvantage even as his tenure as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff has just begun.

On Camera

File photo | Sushant Singh Rajput | Facebook/SushantSinghRajput

Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
Workers at a metro construction site in Mumbai (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Ajit Doval talks to Chinese foreign minister, both agree on ‘earliest complete disengagement’

MEA statement says both sides have re-affirmed they should strictly respect & observe the LAC, and not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.