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Remembering the Journey of the Montreal Protocol On World Ozone Day – Its Future and the Role of the Armed Forces

Remembering the Journey of the Montreal Protocol On World Ozone Day – Its Future and the Role of the Armed Forces

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer – September 16 – is a reminder to the international community of the need for fostering international cooperation to tackle transnational issues. After all, this day is celebrated in commemoration of the

By Dr Dhanasree Jayaram
The National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) – Unleashing India’s Economy

The National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) – Unleashing India’s Economy

Public assets all over the world have been recognised as a definite and easy source of revenue for governments in dire need of resources. Unlocking the potential of unused and underutilised national assets created over a few years is not a bad idea but needs to be imple

By Dr Seshadri Chari
Body Packing in International Drug Trafficking

Body Packing in International Drug Trafficking

A Nigerian, who arrived on a flight from Johannesburg via West Asia, was intercepted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), on 17th August 2021, at Bangalore Kempe Gowda International Airport, which led to the recovery of 1.2 kg of Cocaine worth Rupees 11 cro

Revamping The Defence Acquisition Process-A Revolution in Procurement Affairs ?

Revamping The Defence Acquisition Process-A Revolution in Procurement Affairs ?

Revamping The Defence Acquisition Process-A Revolution in Procurement Affairs ? Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd) In order to invoke a paradigm shift in leviathan processes, change has to be risk-bearing and revolutionary. Revolutionary because a wanton deviation fro

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MR-SAM: Boosting Efficacy of India’s Air Defence

MR-SAM: Boosting Efficacy of India’s Air Defence

India’s’ Air Defence (AD) arsenal witnessed a significant fillip with the Hon’ble Defence Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh handing over of the first deliverable Firing Unit of the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) to the Chief of Air Staff at Air Force Stati

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Unmanned Ground Vehicles: Augmenting Our Frontline Warriors

Unmanned Ground Vehicles: Augmenting Our Frontline Warriors

Outcomes in battles are a fallout of the side with better morale and will; but also the one with superior training and equipment. Indeed, all other factors considered, the side that uses technology to its advantage in any duel, skirmish or battle is more likely to win t

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Integrated ASW Defence Suite: A Key Enabler Towards Ocean Dominance

Integrated ASW Defence Suite: A Key Enabler Towards Ocean Dominance

As a further fillip to the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ drive and towards the goal of self- reliance in the Defence Industry, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has, on 27 August, concluded a contract for 14 Integrated Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Defence  Suites (IADS) worth R

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
LCA TEJAS: Ready To Touch The Skies With Glory

LCA TEJAS: Ready To Touch The Skies With Glory

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has this month placed an order worth Rs. 5375 Crores with General Electric (GE) Aviation, US for supply  of 99 F404-GE-IN20 engines for the TEJAS Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), in support of the ‘firm’ contract for 123 LCA to the I

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Quad as Bulwark Against an Aggressive Dragon

Quad as Bulwark Against an Aggressive Dragon

There is heightened expectation as US President, Joe Biden is preparing to host the first, ‘in person’ Quad leaders’ summit, on 24th September 2021 at White House.  Besides host USA, others, Indian PM, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison, Australian PM and Yoshihide Su

By Lt Gen K J Singh (Retd)
C 295 and India’s Aircraft Production Ecosystem

C 295 and India’s Aircraft Production Ecosystem

Indian government finally cleared Rupees 21,000 crore ($3 billion) Airbus-Tata project for 56 C-295W military transport aircraft. Additional six may be acquired by the Coast Guard. The long-pending deal for replacing the old HAL license-built HS-748 (Avro) planes of IAF

By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)
China Appoints New Commander Western Theatre Command – What India Should Read Into the Move

China Appoints New Commander Western Theatre Command – What India Should Read Into the Move

From the days of Arjuna or Alexander, every side has spent time and effort to know about opposing commander/s and understanding the whys and wherefores of what drives them, what their personal traits that may spill over into their generalship are, and how they have disp

By Brigadier Sanal Kumar (Retd)
Operations in Kailash Range – An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated

Operations in Kailash Range – An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated

Operations in Kailash Range - An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated Lieutenant General  Vinod Bhatia (Retd) Achieving strategic, operational and tactical surprise, India occupied the operationally important heights of the Kailash Range on the nigh

Visit of H.E. Mr. Nikola Selaković, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia to India

Visit of H.E. Mr. Nikola Selaković, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia to India

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Nikola Selaković, paid an official visit to India on 19-20 September 2021, as a special envoy of the President of Serbia. During his visit, he called upon Hon’ble Vice President of India and held discussions with

Quad as Bulwark Against an Aggressive Dragon

Quad as Bulwark Against an Aggressive Dragon

There is heightened expectation as US President, Joe Biden is preparing to host the first, ‘in person’ Quad leaders’ summit, on 24th September 2021 at White House.  Besides host USA, others, Indian PM, Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison, Australian PM and Yoshihide Su

By Lt Gen K J Singh (Retd)
Lessons From Kabul Fiasco

Lessons From Kabul Fiasco

The apex leadership of the Taliban which claims control over Kabul had deferred its ceremonial declaration of the launch of its regime on the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack on America. No one can be more naïve than the White House if it decides to cons

By Dr Seshadri Chari
India’s Options in Afghanistan

India’s Options in Afghanistan

On 26 September 2001, a small U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operatives team arrived in the Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan. As described in Gary Schroen’s book First In, this vanguard set the stage for America's war in Afghanistan. The forces of the Northern Allianc

By Lieutenant General D S Hooda (Retd)
C 295 and India’s Aircraft Production Ecosystem

C 295 and India’s Aircraft Production Ecosystem

Indian government finally cleared Rupees 21,000 crore ($3 billion) Airbus-Tata project for 56 C-295W military transport aircraft. Additional six may be acquired by the Coast Guard. The long-pending deal for replacing the old HAL license-built HS-748 (Avro) planes of IAF

By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)
China Appoints New Commander Western Theatre Command – What India Should Read Into the Move

China Appoints New Commander Western Theatre Command – What India Should Read Into the Move

From the days of Arjuna or Alexander, every side has spent time and effort to know about opposing commander/s and understanding the whys and wherefores of what drives them, what their personal traits that may spill over into their generalship are, and how they have disp

By Brigadier Sanal Kumar (Retd)
Taliban and Kashmir – Those Who Do Not Learn from History are Doomed to Repeat It

Taliban and Kashmir – Those Who Do Not Learn from History are Doomed to Repeat It

While the world stood watch, Taliban took over absolute control over Afghanistan, excepting a small part of the Panjshir area. The question that now looms large is the impact of this takeover on Afghanistan’s neighbours as well as the rest of the world. For India, its

By Mr S P Vaid
Kin Terrorism – Islamic State’s Recruitment Game Plan in India

Kin Terrorism – Islamic State’s Recruitment Game Plan in India

One of the many things Samuel Huntington spoke in his book, ‘Clash of Civilizations’ is, about how youth bulge in Muslim countries in the 21st century is somewhat directly proportional to rise of recruits for Islamist organisations and political movements. He tries

Afghanistan- No Last Word Yet

Afghanistan- No Last Word Yet

Sher Mohammed Abbas Stanikzai, the head of Taliban’s Doha office, has met our ambassador in Doha at his request. This contact was preceded by his interview with an Indian TV channel in which he spoke re-assuringly about wanting friendly ties with India, as well as Taj

Turmoil in Afghanistan and India’s Calibrated Steps

Turmoil in Afghanistan and India’s Calibrated Steps

As the dust settles on the erstwhile Kingdom of Gandhara, the attention shifts from the ongoing evacuation and the so-called American blunder, to ‘what next?’. Distant nations in the European Union and the Middle East are on guard as it falls in their circle of conc

The Afghanistan Kaleidoscope

The Afghanistan Kaleidoscope

As Afghanistan becomes more complex one is tempted to recall events in memory which caused similar confusion. None qualifies more than 9/11 when the world was really stumped; terror, lawlessness and rogue behavior seem to be all pervading and which way things would move

Operations in Kailash Range – An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated

Operations in Kailash Range – An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated

Operations in Kailash Range - An Year On: India’s Strategic Resolve Demonstrated Lieutenant General  Vinod Bhatia (Retd) Achieving strategic, operational and tactical surprise, India occupied the operationally important heights of the Kailash Range on the nigh

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money!

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money!

Afghanistan: Show Me The Money! Sushant Sareen Capturing Afghanistan was the easy part; running Afghanistan is the more difficult and complicated part, especially on empty. A week after having occupied Kabul and almost the entire country, the Taliban are only just

Panjshir-Valley of Hope

Panjshir-Valley of Hope

Panjshir-Valley of Hope Dr Waiel S H Awwad It was in September 2001 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan where foreign journalists had gathered for almost a month during the war between the Taliban forces and the Northern Alliance. The ‘Lion of Panjshir’, A

Quad-ASEAN Defence Exchanges On The Rise

Quad-ASEAN Defence Exchanges On The Rise

Quad-ASEAN Defence Exchanges On The Rise Gurjit Singh The Malabar Quad exercise will take place in September of this year. For the second consecutive year all four Quad countries will participate. An Indian task force of 4 ships from the Eastern Naval Fleet are

The Mess that is Afghanistan

The Mess that is Afghanistan

The Mess that is Afghanistan Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) I chose this title to keep the scope of this essay open ended because the current situation in Afghanistan is too tenuous at present to get any clear cut answers. What we should be getting to look at is t

China, Pakistan and Their Secret Wars in Afghanistan

China, Pakistan and Their Secret Wars in Afghanistan

China, Pakistan and Their Secret Wars in Afghanistan Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd) In 2014 then US President Obama announced that he plans to cut the 34000 strong American forces in Afghanistan by 70 percent. He further stated that by 2015 he intends to bring the stre

Era of Indian Youth is Here

Era of Indian Youth is Here

Era of Indian Youth is Here Gautam Gambhir The International Youth Day was commemorated on 12 August 2021. We, in India, are at the verge of celebrating our 75th Independence Day. These 75 years have been full of turmoil and transition. Change has been the only c

Blinken Visit To India – ‘Broadening of Shared Agendas’

Blinken Visit To India – ‘Broadening of Shared Agendas’

Blinken Visit To India - ‘Broadening of Shared Agendas’ Kanwal Sibal High level engagement between India and the US has continued with Secretary of State Blinken returning within two months of External Affairs Minister Jaishankar’s visit to the US. While the

INS Vikrant – A Naval Liability

INS Vikrant – A Naval Liability

INS Vikrant – A Naval Liability Bharat Karnad Indian warship building has finally come a full circle. It was in the 1780s, that impressed by the man-o’-wars in the 100 ton-1,000 ton range made from hardy Malabar Teak  by a team of shipwrights under the Parsi

Cross-Border Terror Tunnels

Cross-Border Terror Tunnels

Cross-Border Terror Tunnels Dr G Shreekumar Menon Tunnel warfare has been in vogue since time immemorial. The Mahabharat records how the Pandavas escaped through a secret tunnel, from the ‘Lakshagriha’- the house made of lac, which was ordered to be burnt down

Kashmir Rises Above Pakistan’s Wicked Plans

Kashmir Rises Above Pakistan’s Wicked Plans

Twitter handle Hidden Roots has exposed a whole range of anti-India propaganda campaigns across Europe and beyond that is being planned by the Strategic Communication Division of Pakistan's foreign ministry. It is to be launched on August 5 as 'Yom-e-Istehsaal' (Oppres

Farce elections in Pakistan occupied Kashmir

Farce elections in Pakistan occupied Kashmir

The recent elections in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) are over now. How were these elections conducted and how have the previous elections been conducted? I will be presenting a brief overview for those who just observe these elections from outside, never having been

Developing Scientific Talents – A Must for India’s Development  

Developing Scientific Talents – A Must for India’s Development  

Developing Scientific Talents - A Must for India's Development   Dr G Madhavan Nair The world is going through one of the worst periods in history due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier, it was in 1918, that the Spanish Flu caused by a virus had affected the globa

Post-dated Cheque on a Bank That Doesn’t Exist!

Post-dated Cheque on a Bank That Doesn’t Exist!

Post-dated Cheque on a Bank That Doesn’t Exist Sushant Sareen This sums up the ‘pledge’ of Pakistan’s ‘selected’ Prime Minister Imran Khan to the people of Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK), that after the people of the erstwhile state decide

Time for India to Answer the Afghan Conundrum

Time for India to Answer the Afghan Conundrum

Can India, at least this time, go beyond tokenism in supporting the Afghan National Army (ANA) in its fight against the Taliban? Will the Indian think-tank give up its measured approach while committing military aid to Afghanistan? And finally, will India take the lead

Kargil: A Matter of Honour

Kargil: A Matter of Honour

Kargil: A Matter of Honour Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) They say it was the Bakarwal  goat herders who first saw Pakistani intruders on the heights of Kargil. Mostly Muslim goatherders, Bakarwals have, for thousands of years roamed the Pir Panjal ranges for grazing

Red Flags in US-India Defense Cooperation

Red Flags in US-India Defense Cooperation

Red Flags in US-India Defense Cooperation Ram Madhav The US-India defense ties have acquired critical momentum. Given India’s geo-strategic surroundings and the downward slide in its relations with China in the recent years, this relationship is bound to move in

Integrated Theatre Commands: India Needs to Think Big

Integrated Theatre Commands: India Needs to Think Big

Integrated Theatre Commands: India Needs to Think Big Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd) The United States was the first country to start working on the concept of jointmanship among all the branches of its military. Though the US Army started working on joint functioning

Afghanistan: How Instability There Impacts The World

Afghanistan: How Instability There Impacts The World

Afghanistan: How Instability There Impacts The World Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) Everybody is talking and discussing Afghanistan because of the uncertainty prevailing after a 20-year US and NATO presence. The Taliban who ruled from 1996 to 2001 and were displac