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An INS Chakra SSN submarine used by Indian Navy | Commons

Balakot shows India needs to take its technological military edge beyond Pakistan’s reach

Pakistan has bridged the gap as far as relative technological edge is concerned, and India’s numerical edge will be in play only in long-duration war.
Ramnath Kovind | Photo by Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Veterans protest against politicisation of military, then get caught in their own politics

Letter by 150 veterans saying they're being used for political gains was allegedly sent to the President. Now, some deny signing it. President’s office says haven't received any letter.

Indian military must be protected from politics. The President should step in

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A-SAT missile: Is India focusing on ‘Star Wars’ instead of modernising its creaking military?

India Wednesday successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile, becoming the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to possess such capability.
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CAG report blames ‘inadequate training’ for 2014 Super Hercules crash that killed 5

A simulator for the aircraft had been installed in 2012, but could not be used for training because IAF & manufacturer couldn’t finalise a usage contract.
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Republic Day military parades: outdated Soviet-era show or tradition worth preserving?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  ThePrint asks: Republic Day military parades: outdated Soviet-era show or tradition worth preserving?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...
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Indian military divided on integration, but air force chefs are learning from Navy school

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said the three services were moving towards jointness, but remained divided on the proposal for integrated theatre commands.
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‘Romeo’ is just the first of hundreds of helicopters Indian military desperately needs

The Indian military’s current fleet of choppers is ageing and inadequate. It’s estimated that over the next 10 years, India needs more than 1,000 helicopters.
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In the Indian Army, troops can still be punished for adultery

Indian military can punish troops for extra-marital relations even without law that made adultery a crime.

PM Modi’s ‘gift’ to women in the military is ornamentalism, could magnify the problem

In modern militaries, women serve in all ranks with men. They earn their stripes, rise to be officers and command respect, without needing ‘gifts’.

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Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
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.