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Minimizing Casualties on Indo-Bangladesh Borders

Minimizing Casualties on Indo-Bangladesh Borders

India shares over 15000 Km of borders with its seven neighbours. The circumstances leading upto independence and partition gave rise to many new borders and ever since then India has been facing serious security challenges from many of its neighbours viz China in the No

By Sanjiv Krishan Sood
India as an Emerging World Power: Vision 2047

India as an Emerging World Power: Vision 2047

As India celebrates its 75 years of independence, there is a realization that much has been achieved since 1947. Today India can boast of being the fifth largest economy of the world having made giant strides in industrialization, infrastructure development and military

By Maj Gen (Dr) Rajan Kochhar (Retd)
Revisiting India’s Intelligence Architecture

Revisiting India’s Intelligence Architecture

“A Government that has an intelligence system that ensures a surprise does not become a surprise will be successful in securing its people and the nation”: Vikram Sood, Former R&AW Chief in Unending Game Gone are the days of historic world war, when the espio

By Srijan Sharma
The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

From time immemorial, survival of the self and the tribe, at any cost, has been the foremost pursuit of mankind, and trade has been used immensely to achieve this. One of man’s first acts of trade was to obtain rare metals and raw materials to build his tribe’s arse

By Akshit Ramanathan

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DEFEXPO 2022: A Marque Of ‘Atmanirbharta’ In Defence

DEFEXPO 2022: A Marque Of ‘Atmanirbharta’ In Defence

The Indian DefExpo 2022 was held from 18-23 October at the Mahatma Mandir Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The present edition is India’s 12th and largest Defence Exposition, focused towards land, sea and aerial platforms/technologies includin

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
AUSA 2022: Disruptive Technology Or Old Wine?

AUSA 2022: Disruptive Technology Or Old Wine?

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting (AM) is the largest land power exposition forum in the USA, with a global canvas. Taking place over three days, the AM focuses on showcasing holistic development of the Land Forces. The theme for AUSA 2022,

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Planetary Defence: Mitigating Threats From Space!

Planetary Defence: Mitigating Threats From Space!

Asteroid Didymos (L) and Dimorphos 2.5 minutes before impact; the last complete image of Dimorphos, taken by DART 12 Km from the asteroid & 2 seconds before impact. At exactly 7:14 PM Eastern Daylight Time on 26 September (4:44 AM IST on 27 September), Mission Co

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Micro-Missiles: Kinetic Response To The Drone-Swarm Juggernaut!

Micro-Missiles: Kinetic Response To The Drone-Swarm Juggernaut!

Incidents of use of drones for hostile attacks on civil and military installations have been increasingly witnessed over the last decade since the advent of this paradigm in September 2011, when an unmanned aerial system (UAS), equipped with a C-4 bomb attempted to atta

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)

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The Strategic Ladakh Range

The Strategic Ladakh Range

Something extraordinary happened south of Pangong Tso (lake) in the night of August 29, 2020; the ‘Special Frontier Force’ (SFF), also known as Establishment 22 or Vikas Regiment occupied the heights of the Kailash Range. Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, a former Director Ge

By Claude Arpi
Rising Rivalry in the Indian Ocean

Rising Rivalry in the Indian Ocean

As two major emerging powers, India and China are maritime-oriented nation-states. New Delhi and Beijing have a unique set of vested interests in the Indian Ocean region (IOR). Geostrategic supremacy in this area is deemed to be a highly profitable national venture on t

By Jay Maniyar
Deciphering Military Signals Emanating from China’s 20th Party Congress

Deciphering Military Signals Emanating from China’s 20th Party Congress

There has been the usual high symbolism and loaded political rhetoric of Chinese leadership that was witnessed during the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Comrade Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese character in new era to make China

By Lt Gen Rameshwar Yadav (Retd)
Where is the Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat Report?

Where is the Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat Report?

Sixty years ago, traumatic events took place on the Northern borders of India; undoubtedly, the Sino-Indian conflict in October/November 1962 is an episode which marked the Indian psyche. Though many facets of what happened in October 1962 have already been discussed

By Claude Arpi
The Strategic Ladakh Range

The Strategic Ladakh Range

Something extraordinary happened south of Pangong Tso (lake) in the night of August 29, 2020; the ‘Special Frontier Force’ (SFF), also known as Establishment 22 or Vikas Regiment occupied the heights of the Kailash Range. Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, a former Director Ge

By Claude Arpi
Rising Rivalry in the Indian Ocean

Rising Rivalry in the Indian Ocean

As two major emerging powers, India and China are maritime-oriented nation-states. New Delhi and Beijing have a unique set of vested interests in the Indian Ocean region (IOR). Geostrategic supremacy in this area is deemed to be a highly profitable national venture on t

By Jay Maniyar
Deciphering Military Signals Emanating from China’s 20th Party Congress

Deciphering Military Signals Emanating from China’s 20th Party Congress

There has been the usual high symbolism and loaded political rhetoric of Chinese leadership that was witnessed during the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Comrade Xi Jinping’s thoughts on socialism with Chinese character in new era to make China

By Lt Gen Rameshwar Yadav (Retd)
Minimizing Casualties on Indo-Bangladesh Borders

Minimizing Casualties on Indo-Bangladesh Borders

India shares over 15000 Km of borders with its seven neighbours. The circumstances leading upto independence and partition gave rise to many new borders and ever since then India has been facing serious security challenges from many of its neighbours viz China in the No

By Sanjiv Krishan Sood
Teenage Terrorists of PLA in Manipur and the China Angle

Teenage Terrorists of PLA in Manipur and the China Angle

Teenagers in Manipur are on the edge of a precipice ready to be pushed into a very frightening abyss. The proscribed terrorist groups like PLA are now following a strategy very similar to the one executed by ISI backed terrorist groups in Kashmir. Reports suggest tha

By Levina
Where is the Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat Report?

Where is the Henderson-Brooks-Bhagat Report?

Sixty years ago, traumatic events took place on the Northern borders of India; undoubtedly, the Sino-Indian conflict in October/November 1962 is an episode which marked the Indian psyche. Though many facets of what happened in October 1962 have already been discussed

By Claude Arpi
Are Paradigms of Indo-US Relations Changing?

Are Paradigms of Indo-US Relations Changing?

Little did the world expect that the war in Ukraine would become such a spoiler of global geopolitics that many emerging and well-established international relationships would get challenged. The conflict’s geostrategic location, players, links, economic impact and sc

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
A Reminder for India : 13 October was International Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day

A Reminder for India : 13 October was International Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day

CHANAKYA FORUM IS COMMITTED TO EXECUTE REQUISITE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR REDUCTION OF DISASTER RISK AND ENHANCEMENT OF DISASTER MANAGEMENT CULTURE, FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY. Headlines in the media inform us every day of the new phenomenon of October rains in North India a

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
American Deep State Out to Sabotage India-USA Relationship?

American Deep State Out to Sabotage India-USA Relationship?

Recently the US embassy in Islamabad went on a social media overdrive. In a series of tweets over three days, they highlighted the US ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome’s 2-4 October visit to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). This was the second high-profile visit by

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
A Guerilla Victory At Umberkhind!

A Guerilla Victory At Umberkhind!

Screenshot Portraying The Battle of Umberkhind: Source-inmarathi.com  “The conventional army loses if it does not win. The guerrilla wins if he does not lose”.                                                                    

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
Intricacies of Military Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul: Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

Intricacies of Military Aircraft Maintenance Repair and Overhaul: Challenges and Opportunities for Industry

Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) is a major activity in the life span of an aircraft and its cost as well as time for overhaul is significant for the operations of aircraft. The activity is complex, equally important, but substantially different than manufacturing.

By Air Vice Marshal Samir Borade, VSM (Retd)
Coronation Of Emperor Xi and The World Thereafter

Coronation Of Emperor Xi and The World Thereafter

A few days ago, news about Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrest took social media by storm. The rumour was that Xi, who is the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), on return from the Shangha

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
Emerging Challenges on Western Front

Emerging Challenges on Western Front

Western Command, the pivotal command on Western front celebrated, platinum jubilee, on 15 September.  It is opportune time to look beyond nostalgia and ceremonials, to take stock of operational dynamics and emerging challenges, on the Western Front. The review is also

By Lt Gen K J Singh (Retd)
China is Coming For Your Land: Farmland

China is Coming For Your Land: Farmland

Drought has plunged water levels to the lowest in China in decades. The temperatures have also soared to record levels, and hydropower plants failed to meet the sharp rise in power demand. However, this is just a glimpse of the worst things to come. Floods, droughts, an

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
‘The Pashtuns: A Contested History’

‘The Pashtuns: A Contested History’

Pashtunistan - the land of the Pashtuns- straddling an area of more than 100,000 square miles, historically stretches from the Indus to the Hindu Kush. Today, this land and its people stand divided by the British era controversial Durand Line into Afghanistan and Pakist

By Tilak Devasher
The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough

From time immemorial, survival of the self and the tribe, at any cost, has been the foremost pursuit of mankind, and trade has been used immensely to achieve this. One of man’s first acts of trade was to obtain rare metals and raw materials to build his tribe’s arse

By Akshit Ramanathan
Tightening the Noose Around Chinese Ships: India’s Coastal Surveillance System & SAGAR Policy

Tightening the Noose Around Chinese Ships: India’s Coastal Surveillance System & SAGAR Policy

Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina was in India recently. The visit helped fructify many projects, especially one that India had been executing since 2019-- Coastal Surveillance System (CSS). India nudged Bangladesh to expedite implementation of a 3-year-old agreement that

By Levina
Rocket-Missile Force: An Inescapable Indian Necessity

Rocket-Missile Force: An Inescapable Indian Necessity

Every nation has to be future ready for impending conflicts. This is more pertinent in case of India where probability of conflict remains pretty high with two adversarial neighbours – China and Pakistan. The unsettled borders in form of ‘LOC’ with Pakistan and

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Pakistan Navy – A Navy That is Detached from Reality

Pakistan Navy – A Navy That is Detached from Reality

Today, 08 September, is Pakistan Navy Day.  After decades of being in service, why is Pakistan Navy, today finding itself in a fix? Pakistan Navy has acquired two and is getting two more frigate type warships from China. They are also acquiring smaller war ships cal

By Captain DK Sharma (Retd)
The Battle Of Thermopylae:  One Of History’s Greatest Stands!

The Battle Of Thermopylae: One Of History’s Greatest Stands!

“Victory belongs to those that believe in it the most and believe in it the longest” Randall Wallace  “No retreat, no surrender. That is Spartan Law. We will stand and fight….and die. A new age has begun: an age of Freedom! And all will know that 300 Spartans

By Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)
The Ukraine War: From Here to Where?

The Ukraine War: From Here to Where?

The dynamics of war will always remain unpredictable. In February 2022 the reputed Russian war machine was expected to flatten all resistance of the Ukrainians in a matter of days. During the last six months, Russia has had to change course and address alternative objec

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
Anti-India Forces: Techniques And Agendas Exposed

Anti-India Forces: Techniques And Agendas Exposed

In the post-cold war era, India has moved from a policy of non-alignment to a policy of multi-alignment. This means that India has friendly relations with almost all-powerful and developing nations. Today India is carving out a unique path for itself. Such an approac

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
A New Narrative for 1962

A New Narrative for 1962

During the coming weeks, via its media, China is going to reiterate Beijing’s narrative of the 1962 border conflict with India. Already Zhang Xiaokang, the daughter of Gen Zhang Guohua, the commander of the Chinese forces who attacked India in 1962, is working on a

By Claude Arpi
Confidence Building Measures in Conflict Regions: A Prognosis of the Indian Sub-continent

Confidence Building Measures in Conflict Regions: A Prognosis of the Indian Sub-continent

India today has one-sixth of the world's humanity, and its people aspire for a prosperous and safe future in which they can pursue their dreams without fear. To achieve this, it is imperative to have a congenial external and internal environment, in which the country co

By Maj Gen (Dr) Rajan Kochhar (Retd)
Resolving Siachen Dispute Amid LAC Standoff with China

Resolving Siachen Dispute Amid LAC Standoff with China

India and Pakistan got independence in August 1947 in compliance with Independence Act 1947 passed in UK Parliament on 18 July 1947. The terms and conditions set forth for integration of princely states created their own challenges of being part of India/Pakistan. The d

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
Terrorism: The Glue That Holds China Pakistan Together

Terrorism: The Glue That Holds China Pakistan Together

The father of communism, Karl Marx, once famously said — “We have no compassion, and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror”. This statement summarises how terrorism and communism go hand in hand. China, liv

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
When Beijing Was Burning Xi was Playing Personal Games

When Beijing Was Burning Xi was Playing Personal Games

A great fire destroyed Rome for six days in the summer of AD 64. Famous Roman historian of that time, Tacitus, recorded that 70 percent of the city was destroyed and half of the city’s residents were displaced. Roman ruler Nero was accused of being indifferent, ineffe

By Cdr Sandeep Dhawan (Retd)
Nuclear Weapons: Destruction, Deterrence, Hoax or an Imaginary Cocktail

Nuclear Weapons: Destruction, Deterrence, Hoax or an Imaginary Cocktail

The two deadly dates of 06 Aug 1945 and 09 Aug 1945 witnessed the first use of nuclear weapons by USA over the two cities of Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. It caused unprecedented levels of destruction. Devastation was not only instant but continued in time

By Maj Gen Ashok Kumar
The Pelosi Visit to Taiwan: Why All the Tension?

The Pelosi Visit to Taiwan: Why All the Tension?

It happened all of a sudden. A visit to Taiwan by US Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi was known to be on the cards around this time. Yet there wasn’t any certainty. Her scheduled visit to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan had been announce

By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd)
‘Defence of Japan 2022’: Moment of Reckoning

‘Defence of Japan 2022’: Moment of Reckoning

Japan's annual ‘Defence of Japan’ (DOJ) 2022 was released in July. It appeared after the assassination of former PM Abe, a leading light of Japan's enhanced defence capabilities. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party obtained a firm majority in the upper house electio

By Gurjit Singh

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Brig Arvind Dhananjayan (Retd)