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A BSF Jawan stands guard at border | Representational image | ANI

MHA order dilutes what BSF was raised for even more. It already guards Lutyens’ Delhi

With the shortage of workforce touching five-figure levels, enhancing BSF's operational roles in Punjab, West Bengal, and Assam is plainly illogical.
Representative image | From left to right: File photo of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Gen Bipin Rawat’s Russia, US visits show something is changing in India’s military diplomacy

India has openly pitched for exporting weapons to regions such as Africa, which has been traditionally dominated by China.
Newly appointed IAF chief Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari inspects the guard of honour, at the Air Force Headquarters, in New Delhi Thursday | ANI

Vivek Ram Chaudhari takes over as IAF chief, stopping depletion of fighter squadrons a priority

Born on 4 September 1962, the Air Chief Marshal was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on 29 December 1982. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria.
Representational Image of Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir | File photo: ANI

For future wars, World War 2 army divisions won’t cut it. It’s time for a ‘revolution’

Integrated battle groups have helped the Army optimise its size and make itself more agile. Now it's time to boost our national security with reforms.
Indian soldiers performing a ritual. | Photo Credit: YouTube/Aayudh Defense screengrab

Birthday wishes and ‘aartis’ have no place in our military. This needs fixing

There's been a steady erosion of secular and political ethos of the armed forces in recent times. It's a result of poor examples set by the hierarchy.
Representative image | From left to right: File photo of Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, Army chief Manoj Mukund Naravane, Navy chief Karambir Singh and Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Defence ministry plans uniform retirement age for army, navy & air force, more years of service

The move is expected to help cut salary, pension bills & address issues of re-employment & staff shortage. India is the world's third-largest defence spender, but much of it is on wages.
Kanwar Jaswant Singh. | Photo from the personal album of Brinda Dubey.

The story of Jaswant Singh, the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force

From becoming the only Indian to have ever commanded a foreign Air Force to being called 'the father of sports' in the IAF, Jaswant Singh always packed a punch.
A file photo of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria. | Photo: ANI

Army must ditch ‘superiority’ mindset. Distrust, animosity will only hamper military reforms

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat laid claims to superiority on behalf of the Army, because he believes it is ultimately all about control of territory. This mindset needs to be disparaged.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Graham Crouch/Bloomberg

India needs to find a sweet spot between ignoring and provoking China

China views India as an inward-looking democracy that has yet to focus on economic or military prowess. New Delhi needs to counter it with hard muscle and economy boost.
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Army, Navy & IAF propose pension for officer trainees who suffer disabilities during training 

Pension for trainees likely to be based on starting salary of lieutenant or equivalent. Defence ministry currently assessing the overall financial implications of the move.

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If Hong Kong wants zero Covid strategy to succeed, it must improve its quarantine rules

It’s increasingly difficult to find a clear, logical justification for policies, which at this point are defensive and rooted in fear. The govt must improve its quarantine system.
File image of Subhash Chandra, chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises | Scott Eells/Bloomberg

How Subhash Chandra is fighting to keep control of his media empire

The 70-year-old tycoon risks losing control just as Zee’s prospects are looking up. The media mogul is looking for ways to raise his family’s shareholding.

Defence

A Kilo-class submarine of the Indian Navy (Representational image) | Commons

‘Lot of money changed hands’, says CBI after arresting 5 including serving Navy commander

The five persons have been arrested for ‘leaking sensitive information in connection with the modernisation of a submarine project’
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Aryan Khan isn’t a show to enjoy. NDPS is a weapon vengeful state could use on you or your kids

The draconian Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act has been handed over to people who are prone to misuse it. The story we see unfolding on our TV screens is of its blatant misuse.
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