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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

China is following Mao’s dictum by keeping two-front war option against India open

China is signaling India not only to refrain from buttressing its military capabilities along the border, but also that its incursions will continue.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace in Washington, DC | Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Why Xi’s show of force against India is a strategic gift for Trump

India has historically tried to balance ties among global powers but clashes with China laid bare potential risks of not having US more clearly behind it.
Trucks carry essential commodities in Ladakh | Representational image | ANI

Calling LAC conflict ‘intelligence failure’ is lazy. It ignores India’s real problem

Both India’s political and military intelligence would have picked up signals of the change in China’s stance. Only, if we prioritised China as much.
File photo | Army personnel pay tribute to Naib Subedar Satnam Singh who was killed in Galwan | Gurdaspur | PTI

Indian intelligence failure again? Heroism at Galwan must lead to reforms

India was napping in the 1950s when a strategic highway was built in Aksai Chin. Then again in 1999 at Kargil, and now in Ladakh.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India plays into China’s hands if we lament 1962 or criticise Modi govt and military

To pressure Modi government and military from our drawing rooms, without knowing what is happening at LAC at 15,000-feet, is an irresponsible act.
File photo | Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa | Twitter/@AsimBajwaISPR

Pakistan military won’t take budget cuts easily, even for Covid. So this man has been hired

A lot of Pakistan’s defence budget may get redirected in the post-Covid era, but army isn’t going to let go. It now eyes revocation of a constitutional amendment.
An Indian Army soldier climbs down from a Schilka air defence weapon system | Representational image | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India is now the world’s third largest military spender

India’s military expenditure grew by 6.8% in 2019 as the country climbed up the rankings from fourth spot.
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The one job that will disappear by 2062 — the job of fighting wars

In 2062: The World That AI Made, Toby Walsh writes about the dangerous scenario of lethal autonomous weapons getting to decide who dies and who lives.
Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Is India’s rising defence pension bill affecting modernisation of military? 5 myths busted

Business as usual is no longer an option. India must tackle the rising defence pension bill.
Representational image of female officers in Indian navy | YouTube

Women in combat roles: India can romanticise it but here’s why we are not ready yet

One gives the example of US and Israel armies. But even their forces don’t deploy women in direct infantry combat.

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Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ is only too accurate

Among Indians, unlike other regressive trends, the emphasis on caste has not weakened even though more and more Indians today have received modern educations.
Attendees view the Apple Inc. iPhone 11 after an event in Cupertino, California, U.S. | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Apple & Samsung’s assembly partners pledge Rs 11,000 crore investment in India

Foxconn & Wistron are among firms picked to make smartphones under a new government plan that’s aimed at encouraging global companies to shift manufacturing beyond China.

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Representational image of the Indian Army in Ladakh | ANI File Photo

5th military-level LAC meeting on, India could press for Chinese troops’ return from Finger 4

India will ask for the Chinese troops to fall back behind Finger 8 at Pangong Tso. Since the last meeting, the status quo has remained on the LAC.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.