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An M777 155mm lightweight field howitzer

It was UPA which set ball rolling for these 6 big military deals executed by Modi govt

From M777 howitzers to K9 Vajra, Apache choppers to Scorpene submarines, the Modi govt has finished what Manmohan Singh's UPA started.
Kargil War

20 years on, Army plans huge Kargil celebrations, releases calendar

The Army plans to hold huge events under the theme Remember-Rejoice-Renew to mark the sacrifice of the 527 soldiers killed in the war.
The T-90 tank at the parade | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

From tech to personnel, all that was new at this year’s Republic Day parade

At the 70th Republic Day parade, army veterans, women personnel, and new military equipment were on display.

All-women Assam Rifles contingent march for the first time in Republic Day parade

Major Khusboo Kanwar led the Assam Rifles contingent which became the first all-women marching contingent to participate in a Republic Day parade.
The camel contingent seen at the Republic Day parade| Praveen Jain/ThePrint

70th Republic Day parade marks Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

South African president Cyril Ramphoosa was this year's chief guest to the Republic Day parade, which also marked many firsts.
parade

Republic Day military parades: outdated Soviet-era show or tradition worth preserving?

India's 70th Republic Day Parade, this year, will showcase the Army’s newly acquired artillery guns, an all-women paramilitary contingent march and a lady-officer leading an all-male army contingent. The Republic Day parades reportedly cost  several hundred crores each year.  ThePrint asks: Republic Day military parades: outdated Soviet-era show or tradition worth preserving? The Republic Day parade is possibly the most watched TV programme in the world Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd) Director, Center for Joint Warfare Studies and former DGMO, Indian Army The nation prepares to celebrate the 70th Republic Day with the usual parades showcasing the military might and cultural diversity. The Republic day celebrations are not confined to the Rajpath in Delhi alone, state capitals, districts and schools all across the country celebrate the Republic day with great fervour. The celebrations and parades are definitely at a cost, resource, energy and focus that some feel can be better utilised for the much-needed development projects contributing...
Indian army

As Indians watch Uri, time for Army to talk about other daring and unsung operations

The Indian Army should set the record straight on several unrecognised military operations.
Four veterans of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s INA will participate in the Republic Day parade (Representational image)

Four veterans of Netaji’s INA to take part in Republic Day parade

The veterans, Laltiram, Parmanand, Hira Singh and Bhaagmal, will parade down the iconic Rajpath in a jeep.
File photo of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani | By special arrangement

Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, a former militant now an Ashoka Chakra awardee

Recipient of Sena Medal twice, Lance Naik Wani was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in November last year.
Navy band during the rehearsal | Suraj Bhist/ThePrint

In images, contingents of Indian army practice for Republic Day

Here are a few moments captured from the Republic Day rehearsal.

On Camera

File photo of Narendra Modi at the Dhola Sadia Bridge, across River Brahmaputra, in Assam | PIB

Under Modi government, the PMGSY road scheme is connecting every last Indian

Beneficiaries of the programme from Manipur, Meghalaya and Odisha talk about how their lives were transformed thanks to the newly built roads.

Rahul Gandhi’s Rs 72,000 income pledge: Are populist freebies the only way to win elections?

Congress president Rahul Gandhi Monday pledged to give Rs 12,000 per month to every family in India if the Congress is voted to power in the 2019 elections.

Defence

A Chinook helicopter

India inducts Chinook helicopters, adds muscle to military along China border

Each Chinook helicopter can lift 45 soldiers, artillery guns or even light armoured vehicles to high altitudes. It can also fly through narrow mountain valleys.
National Interest

Why Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is in danger of morphing into a clueless NGO

Congress has questions but no answers, ‘leaders’ but no winners. Weeks before polls, it’s behaving like a virtuous, anti-establishment NGO just doing its thing.