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Chinese Hand Behind Sri Lanka’s Crisis and The Indian Dilemma

Chinese Hand Behind Sri Lanka’s Crisis and The Indian Dilemma

While the economic crisis has been in the making for over a decade in Sri Lanka, but the way it has unfolded is beyond comprehension. The visuals of citizens of the nation entering the Presidential palace, the PM’s residence, national broadcaster and so many other Gov

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Controversial Remarks on Prophet Mohammed: External Dimensions of its Fall Out

Controversial Remarks on Prophet Mohammed: External Dimensions of its Fall Out

The controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammed made by Nupur Sharma, the official spokesperson of the ruling party (BJP) and by Naveen Kumar Jindal, the BJP’s media head of Delhi Unit, have stirred the proverbial hornets’ nest both at home and abroad. This was bound

By Achal Malhotra
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

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Rafale or F/A-18 ‘Super Hornet’: Who Will Board India’s Vikrant?

Rafale or F/A-18 ‘Super Hornet’: Who Will Board India’s Vikrant?

India’s Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC)-1, christened INS Vikrant (in honour of the 50th anniversary of participation of its similarly named predecessor in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflict), was launched in August 2013 and completed its fourth phase of sea trials on

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
‘Counter-Adversary’ Radars- A Profile

‘Counter-Adversary’ Radars- A Profile

While military radars have multifarious designs, roles and uses, most radars are designed for a specific function- whether that be surveillance/ target acquisition, weapon location, meteorological, or Counter - Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS). The very nature of the fun

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
IAF’s ‘VAJRAYUDHA’ : THE ‘ASTRA’  AIR TO AIR MISSILE

IAF’s ‘VAJRAYUDHA’ : THE ‘ASTRA’ AIR TO AIR MISSILE

“Vajrayudha, also known as Vajra, is Lord Indra’s personal weapon that shoots thunderbolts. The word’s literal meaning is lightning.” A testimony to India’s self-reliance in the Defence Sector and progress in the arena of air-launched weapons was the inking o

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
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)

Defence & Strategy

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Indigenisation: The Unsung, Unknown and Untold Story of IAF

Indigenisation: The Unsung, Unknown and Untold Story of IAF

In a recently organised seminar at Pune, AOC in C Maintenance Command mentioned the indigenisation plans and achievements by IAF. The crux of his statement was achieving self-reliance for 95 % of the spares required for maintaining a wide variety of aircraft and ground

By Air Vice Marshal Samir Borade, VSM (Retd)
Pakistani Army Colonel Shot Dead in Baluchistan – Ominous Signs?

Pakistani Army Colonel Shot Dead in Baluchistan – Ominous Signs?

There’s a war on that nobody has noticed. Or cares to report on, even in India. In Pakistan, it’s been wiped off mainstream media, sometimes due to fear, but mostly due to indifference. Baluchistan may be a core resource for Pakistan, but by Rawalpindi’s standards

By Dr Tara Kartha
Lessons From Ukraine

Lessons From Ukraine

Omar Khayyam wrote: Yes, the first morning of creation wrote what the last dawn of reckoning shall read. However, in the present case the tragedy is unfolding sans a script. In the case of Ukraine, the war will end with a cease-fire, not with either belligerent in

By K P Fabian
Checkmating Chinese BRI Through INSTC

Checkmating Chinese BRI Through INSTC

In December 2021, Russian President Putin visited in India among a lot of din, which was followed by a largely unnoticed visit of Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Oman in April this year. The two

By Levina
First Battle Of Panipat

First Battle Of Panipat

GREAT BATTLES THAT SHAPED HISTORY In the ‘Trilogy’ of the Battles of Panipat, wherein three historical battles were fought, none impacted the destiny of the Indian Subcontinent for the next 230 years as did the First Battle of Panipat. While many epistles and a mul

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Pakistani Army Colonel Shot Dead in Baluchistan – Ominous Signs?

Pakistani Army Colonel Shot Dead in Baluchistan – Ominous Signs?

There’s a war on that nobody has noticed. Or cares to report on, even in India. In Pakistan, it’s been wiped off mainstream media, sometimes due to fear, but mostly due to indifference. Baluchistan may be a core resource for Pakistan, but by Rawalpindi’s standards

By Dr Tara Kartha
China Plundered, India Blundered And Sri Lanka Surrendered

China Plundered, India Blundered And Sri Lanka Surrendered

On Wednesday, Ranil Wickremesinghe, present acting President, was voted in as the next President of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan parliamentarians. Sri Lankans are not rejoicing this news. The angry protesters have been demanding his removal from office for weeks. Earl

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
SCO to admit Iran as a full member; Belarus applied for membership: SG Zhang Ming

SCO to admit Iran as a full member; Belarus applied for membership: SG Zhang Ming

Beijing, Jul 15 (PTI) The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is all set for expansion with Iran joining the grouping as its ninth member while Belarus has applied for membership, its Secretary General Zhang Ming said on Friday. The decision to admit Iran was made in

IMF wants stability in Sri Lanka to resume talks on bailout deal

IMF wants stability in Sri Lanka to resume talks on bailout deal

Colombo, Jul 15 (PTI) The IMF on Friday said that it is deeply concerned about the current crisis in Sri Lanka and hopes for a resolution of the current situation to resume talks as soon as possible on a bailout package for the island nation. Sri Lanka is going th

The Battles Of Tarain

The Battles Of Tarain

Great Battles That Shaped History The Indian Subcontinent through the ages, extending from the ancient era upto the establishment of British Rule in the 18th Century, has been a Bellum or battleground for invading powers, who set their sights on Bharat’s magnificent

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
NATO’s Madrid Summit and the Potential Expansion to Include Finland and Sweden

NATO’s Madrid Summit and the Potential Expansion to Include Finland and Sweden

With war in Eastern Europe, and one involving Russia, could a NATO summit be far behind. Ever since 1991 when the Soviet Union finally broke up and NATO rejoiced in victory there hasn’t been an occasion as serious as the one being currently encountered in Europe. We s

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
A Mirage Called Pakistan, Why It Is, What It Is

A Mirage Called Pakistan, Why It Is, What It Is

Pakistan is known as the sick man of Asia. It is a young country blessed with natural resources and strategic locations. However, after 75 years, it lags behind all the nations in almost all the fields that got independence around the same time. The present state of Pak

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
Lessons From Ukraine

Lessons From Ukraine

Omar Khayyam wrote: Yes, the first morning of creation wrote what the last dawn of reckoning shall read. However, in the present case the tragedy is unfolding sans a script. In the case of Ukraine, the war will end with a cease-fire, not with either belligerent in

By K P Fabian
Checkmating Chinese BRI Through INSTC

Checkmating Chinese BRI Through INSTC

In December 2021, Russian President Putin visited in India among a lot of din, which was followed by a largely unnoticed visit of Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Oman in April this year. The two

By Levina
India’s Strategic Communication – Need for a Policy and Capability Development

India’s Strategic Communication – Need for a Policy and Capability Development

In the last ten years or so, the number of times I have spoken on the need for a policy on strategic communication along with a coordinated capability for India, actually surpasses the number of times I have spoken on Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) or the Line of Control

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
The Significance of India’s Continued Presence at G7 Summits

The Significance of India’s Continued Presence at G7 Summits

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic havoc it has wreaked on the world, everyone's concern is about stability, to return to a situation of normalcy and ensure recovery.  Thus, the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau, the picturesque venue in southern Germany

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
India and United Nations – Role in Peaceful Conflict Resolution of the Russia-Ukraine War   

India and United Nations – Role in Peaceful Conflict Resolution of the Russia-Ukraine War  

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we can attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” - Sun Tzu (Ch

By Lt Gen (Dr) SK Gadeock
China’s New Aircraft Carrier Fujian: Hit or Miss

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Fujian: Hit or Miss

While the United States was wrapping up its Valiant Shield 2022 exercise on 17 June, China launched its third aircraft carrier with all the fanfare. The launch was postponed twice due to logistical and technical issues. The aircraft carrier has been named Fujian with th

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
The Battle Of Hydaspes: Was It Ancient India’s Rubicon

The Battle Of Hydaspes: Was It Ancient India’s Rubicon

GREAT BATTLES THAT SHAPED HISTORY Geography has always been central to planning and conduct of battle. Indeed, ancient and even modern wars have been fought astride natural features or obstacles, with rivers enjoying rôle primordial in conflicts through the ages. T

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
The Air War in Ukraine – Complexities and Challenges

The Air War in Ukraine – Complexities and Challenges

As the Ukraine conflict enters 112th day, the global attention continues to be focused on the conflict between the two largest nations of Europe, Russia and Ukraine. Russia is moving closer to achieving its aim of extending total influence, if not annexing eastern Ukrai

By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)
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

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