Tuesday, 9 August, 2022

Topic: Military

India-China military talks have run their course. Live with status quo or sign a new agreement

India and China's recent round of Corps Commanders level talks show that there's a strategic and diplomatic stalemate. They have two options.

Agnipath gives Indian military ‘four-year interns’. It’s an assault on Army bonding

In an imaginary letter, an Adjutant General describes why Agnipath scheme is worrisome and was clearly drafted by civilians.

Europe dreams of military power, but NATO’s still in charge. India must engage with caution

Europe's defence capabilities vs NATO to Russia's invasion of Ukraine — joint statements signed during Modi's visit reflect shortcomings.

Guns, blood, bronze — The southern Sultans led India’s ‘military revolution’

The victory of Deccan Sultanates shows us that Indian polities can and did innovate militarily, once we look beyond the limited perspective of North India.

India’s new CDS will have to decide: Where does the loyalty of the military lie

The progress of India's democracy will, to a significant extent, depend on the moral choices of its leaders – including military leaders.

General Rawat was a transformer and not a mere reformer – a tribute from a vocal critic

General Rawat, like all soldiers, understood that critique is never personal, it is professional. He even wrote to me when I criticised him.

Ajit Doval is wrong. Civil society not dangerous, we pushed back militants in Meghalaya

Ajit Doval thinks civil society is the new frontier of war. But ‘Shillong We Care’, a small group of citizens, stood up to militants and extortion.

Ajit Doval was my batchmate, but his understanding of Constitution, civil society is flawed

Doval's statements reflect that he thinks India is still a colonial monarchy, where people are subjects, and not a democracy, where they are citizens.

Why PM Modi in Army uniform distracts from India’s real goals

Putin, Erdogan, and Xi Jinping have all worn military uniforms. But it’s different when PM Modi does it.

I am offshore Pakistani General. My establishment beat India in Pandora Papers

We may say Indians are our enemies, but the Pakistani Generals well know how important India is to our offshore accounts.

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Representational image | Indian Navy/Facebook

Tale of two ships – How Delhi is asserting Indianness of the Indian Ocean to China

A US Navy ship docked in an Indian port for the first time. And a Chinese ship couldn’t in Sri Lanka. New Delhi is finally pulling strings.
Representational image | Rupixen/Unsplash

‘We are cracking down’— how Modi govt plans to make it tougher for states to fund freebies

The Narendra Modi government is looking at ways to check states’ spending on handouts like free electricity and rations. The first step is to tighten the noose on state borrowings.


First batch of women cadets to join NDA

First batch of 19 women cadets join NDA, set to begin training this week

The cadets will train for three years at NDA, Khadakwasla for the 148th course. The Supreme Court last year paved the way for women to take the NDA test for the first time.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.