By May 1999, a conventional, if geographically limited, war was underway in South Asia. And the situation was brimming with the risk of further escalation. Washington watched the conflict with mounting alarm. The Clinton administration’s major concern was that India would strike across the LoC.

Such a move could have incalculable consequences, including the involvement of third countries: China and the Arab states on Pakistan’s side, and Russia and Israel on India’s. Continue reading


In a 1952 Lok Sabha speech Mookerjee pointed to the arrogance of Sheikh Abdullah, the government’s meek acquiescence to the same and the dangers inherent in such action – or inaction.

Thereafter he (Syama Prasad Mookerjee) emphasized the aspect that since accession of the state to India was final, and not included in the reference, there was no reason for Kashmir to have any ‘special status’, which was at the root of the inconsistency in the government’s policy. In the process he lambasted the two-faced policy of the government
and said: Continue reading


Canada remembered the 329 victims of Air India Kanishka Flight 182 which was blown off mid-air on June 23, 1985.The day is marked as National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism in Canada.
Paying tributes to the victims, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said: “On this day in 1985, Canadians awoke to news that defied belief, and left our country in a state of shock and suffering.”

“The Air India bombing remains the single worst terrorist attack in Canada’s history. This horrific act of malice and destruction left families and friends grieving the loss of loved ones, and brought pain that will never completely go away,” the Prime Minister said. Continue reading

SOURCE: Thomas Abraham / Aeromag

The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas is all set to commence its Air-to-Air Refuelling (AAR) flight trials. Aeronautical Development Agency has been carrying out various tests regarding the AAR for the past few months which have been successful.’

But, the process is a challenging one, and hence, it is very much important to make it flawless. All the simulated ground tests have been successfully completed as Tejas was refuelled by placing it at various attitudes. Continue reading

SOURCE: Pravin Sawhney / Force magazine

UNION Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that the killing of terrorists in J&K is a law and order issue which cannot wait for a political solution has sought to tone down New Delhi’s assertion that Governor’s rule was imposed to bring in a muscular security policy to contain the spiralling violence.

Unwittingly, he has admitted the limits to the government’s capacity to end the bloodbath in the state, especially when the Army Chief, Gen Bipin Rawat, has stated that rules of engagement for the security forces have not changed with the changed political situation. Continue reading


Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) can never be a part of India unless there’s a nuclear war between the two nations, the senior Congress leader Saifuddin Soz said today. Yesterday, Soz controversially said he agreed with Pervez Musharraf, a former president of Pakistan, on the point that Kashmiris “don’t want to merge with Pakistan; their first choice is independence”.

Citing reports on comments made by Soz and his party colleague Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Congress leaders had undermined India’s sovereignty. Continue reading


Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah was locked in a heated war of words with BJP leaders on Twitter who claimed that an increase in the number of terrorists killed in the last six years is an indicator of government’s successful efforts.

The spat between the leaders started yesterday when Abdullah replied to Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s tweet where he had claimed that more terrorists were killed in J&K during the NDA regime — which is an indicator of government’s successful efforts. Continue reading


Two overground workers of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) outfit were on Sunday arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district and a live grenade was recovered from their possession, police said. A joint naka (checkpoint) was established by police and the Army at Tulkhan crossing on the new national highway in south Kashmir, a police spokesperson said.

During checking, two persons were found roaming suspiciously, he said.The naka party apprehended them tactfully and during their search, a live grenade was recovered, the spokesperson said. Continue reading


Is China harbouring ambitions of playing mediator between India and Pakistan? For years, Beijing has trod carefully, with an eye on its precarious ties with India and Delhi’s sensitivities on Kashmir, on the issue of India’s problems with Pakistan. Officially, China has avowed “non-interference” in Kashmir, even as it went forward with investments in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir under its mega China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

On June 18, China’s envoy in New Delhi, Luo Zhaohui, a veteran diplomat who trained as an Indologist and was earlier the envoy in Pakistan, stirred up a debate with his remark to start an India-China-Pakistan trilateral mechanism. Continue reading


If you’ve ever looked up to the sky and enjoyed the sight of a bird gliding above, be warned: it could be a Chinese drone monitoring your every move.The idea might seem far fetched, but robotic birds are very much a reality, and China has been using them to surveil people across the country.

Sources told the South China Morning Post that more than 30 military and government agencies have deployed the birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in recent years. Continue reading


“War is an instrument of political leaders to achieve political objectives. One fights a war because they think it is a way of solving a problem. When statements like ‘mooh tod jawab denge’ are made, it could be targeted at achieving some objectives in domestic politics,” said Lt. Gen. (Retd.)  Prakash Menon, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, at the launch of his book, The Strategy Trap – India and Pakistan Under the Nuclear Shadow, here on Sunday.

On adopting a belligerent and hawkish stand, the decorated officer said that it is to pump up nationalism and jingoism, which is a worrying trend. Continue reading


India has decided to train space scientists of countries that lack satellite-building capability. The country announced this initiative during the UNISPACE+50 meeting in Vienna recently.

Talking to TOI, Isro chairman K Sivan, who led the Indian delegation at the four-day summit from June 18, said, “India has taken the initiative to train scientists of countries like UAE and African nations that lack the technical knowhow and capability to build a satellite. India won’t charge for this capacity-building programme but will play a role in shortlisting scientists for the training programme.” Continue reading


At a height of 3,300 metres, the Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line (498 km), once operational, would be the highest in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway. It is one of the four strategic railway lines being built by the Indian Railways to fortify India’s borders with China, the others being Missamari-Tenga-Tawang (378 km), North Lakhimpur-Bame (Along)-Silapathar (249 km) and Pasighat-Tezu-Parsuram Kund-Rupai (227 km). The lines are aimed at facilitating troop and armament movement to frontier areas at short notice.

With the final location survey (FLS) for the four lines — expected to cost more than Rs 2 lakh crore — in progress, the Indian Railways is expected to submit the final report to the ministry of defence by March, 2020. Continue reading


Kashmir Militants 2

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants, including the terror outfit’s divisional commander Shakoor Ahmad Dar, were killed in an encounter with security forces, while another surrendered, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Sunday.

Dar was one of the 21 militants on the hit list of the security forces that has been prepared as part of a fresh military offensive aimed at destroying the leadership and organizing capabilities of terror outfits all across Kashmir. Continue reading


The Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan was not allowed on Sunday to enter a gurdwara by the Sikhs protesting over a controversial movie, a media report claimed, after India summoned Pakistan’s envoy in New Delhi and protested over authorities preventing the Indian mission officials from discharging their consular responsibilities.

The Express Tribune reported that Ajay Bisaria and his wife wanted to prostrate at Gurdwara Panja Sahib in Hasabdal near Islamabad and meet the visiting Sikh pilgrims but were denied entry by Sikhs who were protesting over controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir. Continue reading