Friday, 16 November, 2018

Topic: Ministry of Defence

Indian army personnel | PTI

Arrogant bureaucracy and a sulking Army are not good for India’s national security

The military leadership resents the overarching power of the bureaucrats in the MoD.
Ministry of Defence | Commons

Defence ministry says both police and Indian Army jawans to blame for bust-up at Bomdila

Ministry is probing how a local-level brawl escalated into a war of institutions, after IAS body demanded action against Indian Army personnel.
A file image of Indian Army in Srinagar | Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Indian Army proposes different appraisal form for Lt Cols who miss promotion, stokes anger

The Indian Army proposal is reportedly meant to distinguish the officers still motivated to work from those who lose heart
Indian Army | Yuri SmityukTASS via Getty Images

There is growing civil-military dissonance and acrimony in India’s defence ministry

The Indian military needs to introspect and ensure that no one has the cause to cast aspersions on its personnel.
BJP tweets F-16 image on Air Force Day

BJP leaders, Naidu’s office send out Air Force Day greetings with jets India doesn’t have

Union minister Piyush Goyal and V-P Venkaiah Naidu’s secretariat used images of Lockheed Martin’s F-16, an aircraft the Indian Air Force has never possessed.
Francois Hollande

Dassault didn’t pick Anil Ambani’s Reliance as Rafale partner: French ex-president

Francois Hollande’s claim could mean trouble for Modi govt which has so far maintained it had no role to play in selection of Reliance Defence.

Navy’s eagerness to buy $20 billion aircraft carrier cuts into funds for Army & Air Force

Indian Navy’s proposal, however, is yet to secure an ‘in principle’ approval from the ministry of defence.
Rafale fighter aircraft of Dassault Aviation company at Paris Air Show | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Nirmala Sitharaman’s answers do not explain Modi govt’s refusal to disclose Rafale details

Rafale controversy reveals pitfalls of both excessively centralised decision-making and of emphasis on public positioning rather than strategic outcomes.
Nivedita Vidyapith Entrance - Barrackpore Cantonment, Kolkata

MoD has politicised security for electoral reasons. Opening of cantonment roads shows that

Cantonments may be colonial creations in their origins, but that does not mean that the military does not need exclusive spaces.

The first Dakota to land in Srinagar in 1947 and save the airfield will soon fly again

The refurbished Dakota, called ‘Parushurama’, bearing tail no VP 905 is now part of the IAF Vintage Flight. It will fly next week to Jamnagar.