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India’s Commitment for Global Food Security

India’s Commitment for Global Food Security

Amid the negative impact on global food supplies and oil prices due to the Ukraine war, India on Monday said that it is “committed” to working constructively in mitigating the adverse impact of the conflict on food security, even as it underlined that the developed

By PTI and Chanakya Forum
Infrastructure in the Deep Peninsula for National Security and Self-reliance

Infrastructure in the Deep Peninsula for National Security and Self-reliance

A Swarajya report https://swarajyamag.com/infrastructure/vo-chidambaranar-port-to-expand-with-rs-7200-crore-project-to-compete-with-colombo-and-singapore-as-transhipment-hub  about VOC port in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu, and its plans to expand into a contain

By Rajeev Srinivasan
Conflict over Oil and Gas in the 21st Century: Is India Prepared?

Conflict over Oil and Gas in the 21st Century: Is India Prepared?

Two primary strategic assumptions dominated the last few years of the twentieth century. First, that the global economic fulcrum is slowly but surely tilting away from the industrialized west to the east, particularly towards Asia. The 21st century is predicted to be th

By Debnath Shaw
India on the European Horizon

India on the European Horizon

India@75 is no longer an emerging power, but has emerged as a credible regional and global actor of consequence. It is a rising power to be reckoned with. More importantly because India often takes a principled approach on international issues which is driven by strateg

By Anil Trigunayat

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Germany’s IRIS-T SLM Air Defence System: A Shot In The Arm For Ukraine?

Germany’s IRIS-T SLM Air Defence System: A Shot In The Arm For Ukraine?

The Russia Ukraine War (RUW) is replete with instances of large and small-scale ground battles or duels, both in built-up and rural areas. While inputs emerging from this imbroglio differ in opinions on relative successes by either side so far, what stands out unambiguo

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
India’s Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)

India’s Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)

The National drive to ‘Make in India’ in order to achieve self-reliance in industrial capabilities, particularly in Defence manufacturing, has spawned several projects, ranging from the TEJAS aircraft to various land systems, including Artillery weapon systems. A

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
What are Chemical Weapons and Are They Illegal?

What are Chemical Weapons and Are They Illegal?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has expressed concern that Russia could deploy chemical weapons in the war and there has been an unconfirmed report of their use in the besieged southern port of Mariupol. Chemical weapons production, use and stockpiling is ban

By PTI and Chanakya Forum
Fully Integrated Soldier Systems

Fully Integrated Soldier Systems

Contemporary conflicts of the not-so-distant past mandated the dismounted Infantry soldier to don personal (protective) battlefield attire and bring to battle his small-arms and any other close-quarter (CQB) battle weaponry. The Infantry soldier was also expected to ope

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)

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Central Armed Forces and Internal Security

Central Armed Forces and Internal Security

India since its independence has been constantly embroiled in several internal problems. The Government of India has had to put in lot of efforts to put down many separatist fires including that in Kashmir which continues to drain us both in terms of finances and casual

By Sanjiv Krishan Sood
Tour of Duty – A Regressive Reform

Tour of Duty – A Regressive Reform

“The Indian soldier costs the minimum and delivers the maximum” It is often said that the only recipe for a certain victory in the war would be American military hardware, British doctrines, German generals, INDIAN SOLDIERS and an Italian enemy.  The commitment,

By Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd)
India’s Strategy for a Two Front Threat

India’s Strategy for a Two Front Threat

Developments around the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has thrown up certain factors that are pertinent to India’s security and the need to find more secure alternatives to our present overwhelming dependence on Russia to sustain all three military domains viz., Army,

By Preet Malik
Crying Need for an Indian Bridge on Pangong Tso

Crying Need for an Indian Bridge on Pangong Tso

Recent satellite images indicate advance preparation and commencement of construction for another bridge over Pangong Tso, which will be capable of sustained movement of armoured vehicles, mechanised infantry vehicles and other heavy vehicles. While some analysts believ

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Xi’s Re-election: Opportunity For World, Curse For China

Xi’s Re-election: Opportunity For World, Curse For China

China is gearing up for the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party to be held later this year. According to the consensus view, President Xi Jinping’s historic bid for a third term as the party’s General Secretary is assured. The Chinese President

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
Infrastructure in the Deep Peninsula for National Security and Self-reliance

Infrastructure in the Deep Peninsula for National Security and Self-reliance

A Swarajya report https://swarajyamag.com/infrastructure/vo-chidambaranar-port-to-expand-with-rs-7200-crore-project-to-compete-with-colombo-and-singapore-as-transhipment-hub  about VOC port in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu, and its plans to expand into a contain

By Rajeev Srinivasan
Central Armed Forces and Internal Security

Central Armed Forces and Internal Security

India since its independence has been constantly embroiled in several internal problems. The Government of India has had to put in lot of efforts to put down many separatist fires including that in Kashmir which continues to drain us both in terms of finances and casual

By Sanjiv Krishan Sood
Conflict over Oil and Gas in the 21st Century: Is India Prepared?

Conflict over Oil and Gas in the 21st Century: Is India Prepared?

Two primary strategic assumptions dominated the last few years of the twentieth century. First, that the global economic fulcrum is slowly but surely tilting away from the industrialized west to the east, particularly towards Asia. The 21st century is predicted to be th

By Debnath Shaw
Tour of Duty – A Regressive Reform

Tour of Duty – A Regressive Reform

“The Indian soldier costs the minimum and delivers the maximum” It is often said that the only recipe for a certain victory in the war would be American military hardware, British doctrines, German generals, INDIAN SOLDIERS and an Italian enemy.  The commitment,

By Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia (Retd)
India’s Strategy for a Two Front Threat

India’s Strategy for a Two Front Threat

Developments around the invasion of Ukraine by Russia has thrown up certain factors that are pertinent to India’s security and the need to find more secure alternatives to our present overwhelming dependence on Russia to sustain all three military domains viz., Army,

By Preet Malik
Indo-Pacific: The Quad Summit Returns Focus to the World’s Biggest Potential War Theatre

Indo-Pacific: The Quad Summit Returns Focus to the World’s Biggest Potential War Theatre

How much the world is nearing a catastrophic confrontation and how intimidated China feels about the response to its coercive aggression in the Indo Pacific, was made evident by the fact that even as the just concluded summit of the Quad was ending in the Japanese capit

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
Performance of Delhi students of classes 3 and 5 below national average: Govt survey

Performance of Delhi students of classes 3 and 5 below national average: Govt survey

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) A government survey in 2021 has found that the performance of Delhi students of classes 3 and 5 in language, mathematics and environmental science was below the national average. The performance of Delhi students of classes 8 and 10 was better

The Military Power, Strategy, and Conquests of the Chozha Empire

The Military Power, Strategy, and Conquests of the Chozha Empire

The military strategies of great conquerors are always fascinating for any young and aspiring academician to analyse. The world has seen the birth of many impressive empires from the Greek, Persian, and Mongol empires to the modern-day Ottoman, British, and Russian empi

By Aakrith Harikumar
Crying Need for an Indian Bridge on Pangong Tso

Crying Need for an Indian Bridge on Pangong Tso

Recent satellite images indicate advance preparation and commencement of construction for another bridge over Pangong Tso, which will be capable of sustained movement of armoured vehicles, mechanised infantry vehicles and other heavy vehicles. While some analysts believ

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Coordinated Border Management for Impregnable Border Security

Coordinated Border Management for Impregnable Border Security

“If this nation really wants to create an effective border security, we need to have a debate that includes discussion about actual solutions to our problems, which means taking all of political grandstanding and baiting, out of the equation”, says Raul Grijalva, an

By Captain RC Sharma
J&K : Is There a Serious Threat to Today’s Good Times?

J&K : Is There a Serious Threat to Today’s Good Times?

It is always good to review the security situation in regions which have faced major internal security challenges in the past. In the case of J&K, which suffered intense terrorism for over 30 years, the situation continues to remain a developing one because the Paki

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
President Biden, Please Transit from the 20th to the 21st Century

President Biden, Please Transit from the 20th to the 21st Century

Known for his courtesy and integrity, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr spent his formative years in the US Senate during a period when relations between the Cold War 1.0 contending powers, the USSR and the US, were testy at best, and even close to a collision during some perio

By Prof Madhav Das Nalapat
Lengthening Shadows of the Ukraine Crisis

Lengthening Shadows of the Ukraine Crisis

Wars inflict lifelong misery on innocent population without discriminating young and old, women and children or nationality. Regardless of the outcome, they bear the brunt. This has been the story in Vietnam, Serbia, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. Ukraine promises to be n

By Lt Gen CA Krishnan
Mid Sea Drug Bust: DRI & ICG interdict 218 kg Heroin

Mid Sea Drug Bust: DRI & ICG interdict 218 kg Heroin

An operation was launched by DRI after it assiduously and meticulously developed specific intelligence over a period of several months that two Indian boats would be sailing from the coast of Tamil Nadu and would receive narcotics in huge quantity somewhere in the Arabi

United States Outmanoeuvres Russia Once Again?

United States Outmanoeuvres Russia Once Again?

In a recent briefing, the US Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Avril Haines warned, “I would characterize it as the Russians aren’t winning, and the Ukrainians aren’t winning, and we’re at a bit of a stalemate here.” So, where is the Russia-Ukraine war

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
The Question of Junagadh and Independent India’s First Joint Military Operation

The Question of Junagadh and Independent India’s First Joint Military Operation

The Integrated Defence Staff released the first-ever public joint doctrine for the Indian armed forces (JDIAF-2017) in April 2017[1]. The Indian defence services have since been working in all earnest to institutionalize joint structures and operational mechanisms to en

By Colonel Deepak Kumar
India on the European Horizon

India on the European Horizon

India@75 is no longer an emerging power, but has emerged as a credible regional and global actor of consequence. It is a rising power to be reckoned with. More importantly because India often takes a principled approach on international issues which is driven by strateg

By Anil Trigunayat
Battle Rages for Ukrainian Region of Donbas

Battle Rages for Ukrainian Region of Donbas

By Jonathan Landay and Tom Balmforth RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Russia pummelled positions in the east of Ukraine on Sunday, its defence ministry said, as it sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the battle for Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around th

A Foreign Policy Aligned With India’s Interests

A Foreign Policy Aligned With India’s Interests

India’s Foreign Policy is changing. Not towards non-alignment, as most foreign commentators have written, but towards ‘alignment’ with India’s interests …as well as common sense. On April 11, during the 4th edition of the India-US 2+2 Dialogue, External Aff

By Claude Arpi
The Sinking of Moskva – Challenges for Large Surface Ships

The Sinking of Moskva – Challenges for Large Surface Ships

The Russian warship cruiser Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, sank on 14 April 2022 during the conflict in Ukraine. The ship was hit by two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles. Russia confirmed that a fire erupted and the ship sank. It is the largest Russia

By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)
India’s Transformational Diplomatic Leap into Europe

India’s Transformational Diplomatic Leap into Europe

I cannot recall India’s relations with Europe, as a whole, ever being anything more than transactional. Despite the Indian public’s fascination for Europe and the US, it’s only the latter who could develop a deeper relationship with India, now progressing on the s

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
Modi’s West Europe Tour: An Assessment

Modi’s West Europe Tour: An Assessment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed his whirlwind three days’ tour of three west European nations. True to his reputation, the itinerary was packed with talks with the German Chancellor, participation in the 2nd India-Nordic Summit in Denmark and, on the side lines

By JK Tripathi
Overcoming Fear, the Kashmiri Way

Overcoming Fear, the Kashmiri Way

Despite all the turbulences over the last few decades, Kashmiris never forget to welcome their guests who travel here from every nook and corner of the world. Known for its unique hospitality, Kashmir during the recent times has emerged into a new conundrum, courtesy ki

By Mudasir Dar
Is Pakistan Losing its Footing in Afghanistan?

Is Pakistan Losing its Footing in Afghanistan?

Pakistan and Afghanistan’s relationship has been hitting stalemates in recent times, this comes at the junction of ramped-up attacks across the Durand Line on both sides. Ever since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, Pakistan has witnessed an increased number of attack

By Siddhant Kishore
Russia’s Ukrainian Quagmire Providing Tough Lessons for China

Russia’s Ukrainian Quagmire Providing Tough Lessons for China

By Greg Torode, Martin Quin Pollard and Yew Lun Tian HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) -From countering a Western "information war" during a Taiwan conflict to using "shock and awe" to swiftly subdue the island's forces, Chinese strategists are soaking up lessons from Russ

By PTI and Chanakya Forum
China’s Latest Headache – Baloch Black Widow Strategy

China’s Latest Headache – Baloch Black Widow Strategy

In 2015, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had said, “If the Belt and Road Initiative [BRI] is like a symphony involving and benefiting every country, then construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the sweet melody of the symphony’s first

By Levina
How Russia-Ukraine Copied Finland War Without Lessons

How Russia-Ukraine Copied Finland War Without Lessons

Finland is a unique country with a distinct language and culture. However, its possession was always contested between Sweden and Russia. Though Finland mainly remained under Swedish control in 1809, it was annexed by Russia. Using the end of World War I and the Bolshev

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
Complex Web of Creditors, Politics, Threatens Sri Lanka’s Restructuring

Complex Web of Creditors, Politics, Threatens Sri Lanka’s Restructuring

By Jorgelina do Rosario LONDON (Reuters) - Social unrest, political uncertainty and a complex web of creditors could scupper Sri Lanka's push for a swift overhaul of its $12 billion overseas debt, analysts warn, saying the South Asian nation is fast running out of ro

By PTI and Chanakya Forum
Solomon Islands Pact with China Impacts Australian Elections

Solomon Islands Pact with China Impacts Australian Elections

By Kirsty Needham SYDNEY (Reuters) - For the first time in decades, the actions of a foreign state have taken centre stage in an Australian election campaign, analysts said, as China's security pact with the Solomon Islands reverberates into neighbour Australia's dom

By PTI and Chanakya Forum

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Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)

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Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (R)

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Cdr Sandeep Dhawan