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Book cover of Letters from Kargil

‘Letters from Kargil’: A fresh perspective that humanises the faceless soldier

Diksha Dwivedi’s book shares letters from soldiers to their kin during the 1999 Kargil War, sometimes even moments before death.
No more foreign govt-funded courses for Indian military officers: Centre

No more foreign govt-funded courses for Indian military officers: Centre

Uncomfortable with other countries cultivating Indian military officers, government says it’ll pay for an international course if justified. The defence ministry has barred armed forces officers from pursuing training courses abroad that are sponsored by foreign governments. It has said that the Indian government would pay for an international course if it is justified. The decision was taken after it came to light that a large number of middle-rung officers were seeking clearance for course offers from foreign countries, particularly Western nations. Typically, an official said, many of these countries would send out invites offering short, fully-funded courses or academic familiarisation tours to officers, who would then seek clearances on the ground that it did not burden the government financially. An official in the know of the details told ThePrint that while many of these courses may have been professionally relevant, it was a matter of discomfort that these countries were using such...
Seventeen soldiers were killed during the Uri attack when terrorists attacked an Army base.

Lesson from Uri attack, a year on: Avoid fortress mentality

There are no new lessons to be learnt from the Uri attack, it is now a question of implementation and resources being allocated. 
Nirmala Sitharaman shouldn't just focus on big weapons purchases but improving the defence forces as well

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ‘modernisation’ drive must go beyond buying big weapons systems

Even as India continues its big-ticket weapon buying spree, Sitharaman must address the key question of the soldier behind the machine, and the structure behind the soldier.
General Bipin Rawat has said India needs to be prepared for a two-front war.

It would be foolish for India to rule out the possibility of a two-front war after Doklam

The PLA would be smarting at how they were forced to backtrack from their strident public posture during Doklam and may now step up their provocative actions along the LAC.
The plan to have a India-China DGMO hotline to defuse any future standoffs between the two armies has hit a wall

India-China DGMO hotline talks hit a wall as China seeks 48-hour notice

The creation of a hotline was agreed to during the Prime Minister's first visit to China in 2015.
India needs to go about formulating a National Security Doctrine if it intends to change its image as a soft state.

If India starts now, it can finally have a National Security Doctrine by 2022

The widespread international image of India as a ‘soft state’ must be dispelled by the creation of a national security doctrine.
Nirmala Sitharaman being sworn in as defence minister by President Ram Nath Kovind

The biggest challenges Nirmala Sitharaman will face as India’s new Defence Minister

Sitharaman, who is only the second woman defence minister in India's history, is expected to work closely with the Finance Minister to take key industry-related decisions

Boeing says Indian Army’s six new Apache choppers will be the ‘most lethal’

The Indian Army is getting the first batch of these helicopters in 2019.

Doklam standoff ends: India did a lot right, but needs to prepare

The Doklam standoff might have ended peacefully but India needs to introspect and prepare for the next such event.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

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Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
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.