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‘Dunkirk’ has a message for Indian war-mongers

Dunkirk does not deglamourise war by romanticising peace, it does so by putting the audience right at the centre of war. Indian prime-time warriors might do well in watching this Christopher Nolan masterpiece.  Srijan Shukla 

Talk Point: Can Doklam be contained? Will the tensions go beyond Doklam?

Indian and Chinese soldiers are locked in their longest border face-off in decades in the Doklam tri-junction area.

Two key Army firing ranges get new lease of life from Environment ministry

The approvals are a shot in the arm for the Army as it has seen a fall in the numbers of its firing ranges for a variety of reasons. Anubhuti Vishnoi

55 per cent ammo below minimum stock level, no significant improvement in shortages since 2013: CAG

Audit on war wastage reserves says procurements initiated under 2013 roadmap not yet inked. Manu Pubby
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4 key Manipur encounter cases in focus as SC orders CBI probe into extra-judicial killings

The Supreme Court Friday directed the CBI to conduct a probe into encounter killings in Manipur. Here are four of the most high-profile cases in the state that would now be under the scanner.  MANU PUBBY 
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Four key Manipur encounter cases as SC orders CBI probe into extra-judicial killings

The Supreme Court Friday directed the CBI to conduct a probe into encounter killings in Manipur. Here are four of the most high-profile cases in the state that would now be under the scanner.  MANU PUBBY 

TALK POINT: Should Indian military chiefs step out of their professional jurisdiction and talk about politics and diplomacy?

Eyebrows have been raised over Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s statements on Kashmir and Pakistan. While some are cheering him, others say that an Indian Army chief should not make provocative statements. Is the chatter of TV channels and digital India changing the culture of the military leadership? We ask experts about the pros and cons of having an outspoken military chief in a democratic India.

TALK POINT: Is India less mindful of global censure of its hard military posture in Kashmir today than it was in the ’90s?

Is it easier for India to adopt a tough line in Kashmir today than it was in the 1990s? How is India’s position today different from the 1990s when New Delhi felt the impact of censure from groups like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, U.S. and European capitals? Is the world too distracted right now to lecture India on human rights? We ask experts Ajai Sahni, Aakar Patel.

The Indian Army’s now considering women in combat roles, but here’s why it’s far behind

VRINDA SEHGAL  Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat has said that the Indian Army is open to inducting women in combat roles. "We have already started the process," General Rawat told PTI. Before they were permitted to join as officers from 1992, women could only serve in the medical and nursing branches of the Indian Army. But even after 1992, there were restrictions on which branches they could join. Women officers currently serve only in the aviation, logistics, law, engineering and executive cadres of the army. Data from 2015 says that only around 5 per cent of the total staff in the Indian Army presently consists of women. Of them, 4,224 are serving as doctors and 1,436 are in other technical branches. The Indian Navy also does not permit women to serve in combat roles presently. However, in 2016 the Indian Air Force inducted three women as fighter pilots. If the Indian Army does open...

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Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

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China sends fighters for Pakistan Day parade, days after thwarting Masood Azhar terror tag

China had last week placed a technical hold on a proposal moved by France, the US, and the UK at the UN Security Council for sanctions against Masood Azhar.
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China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?