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The nuclear crisis between the US and North Korea could result in war, by choice or miscalculation. If Donald Trump truly means what he says – that he will not accept a relationship of mutual deterrence with Kim Jong-un – then a US war of choice might follow. A war by miscalculation is possible because Kim Jong-un is as much of a wild card as Trump. And as bad as this crisis is, another one could arise, with India in the middle of it.

Two examples of near-simultaneous crises are the events of 1956 and 1962. In 1956, the leaders of Great Britain and France undertook a pre-emptive war against Egypt following President Nasser’s seizing of the Suez Canal, in collusion with Israel. They did not achieve their aims because they wrongly assumed that President Eisenhower would support their actions. And while attention was focused on the Middle East, the Kremlin sent soldiers into Hungary to quell a popular uprising. The Eisenhower administration’s rhetoric about rolling back the Iron Curtain proved to be empty words. Continue reading


Days after thousands of acres of land in Gilgit was illegally allotted to Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Force Command Northern Areas (FCNA), the locals on Sunday took to the streets to protest against move.

“Thousands of acres of land worth billions illegally allotted to the ISI and the FCNA shows ample testimony to the fact that how state owned and non-state owned land is being sold to the Pakistan army at throwaway prices”, Ghulan Shah, a local in Gigit, was quoted as saying by ANI.”This is not merely a paper of land allotment, but a document exposing the duplex and diabolical nature of the Pakistani establishment,” he addded. Continue reading


General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Predator C Avenger remotely piloted aircraft is again back in the news after General Atomics President David R. Alexander confirmed that unnamed foreign country is interested in acquiring as many as 90 Avengers and the most likely prospective buyer in question would be the Indian Air Force.

Since 2009, Avenger which has accumulated over 13,000 flight hours has been under evaluation process by US Air Force but still has failed to conclude any orders. General Atomics believes that Big order from a foreign buyer could eventually open the door for US Air force and US Navy contracts and prices of the platform will make it further more affordable. Continue reading


As part of efforts to enhance its strike capability, the Army is now working on a project to add more teeth to its T-90 main battle tanks by arming them with a third generation missile system.

Currently, the T-90 tanks are equipped with a laser guided INVAR missile system and the Army has decided to replace them with a third generation gun-launched missile, army sources said. “As the design of the existing INVAR missile has been maximised, both in terms of range and depth of penetration (DoP), it is imperative to upgrade it to next generation missiles with enhanced capability,” according to a document related to the project. Continue reading


The government is testing ‘air-conditioned’ jackets to be worn by special force soldiers who operate for long hours in hot areas. Though the government has not said what material the jackets would be made of and the kind of technology used, former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has confirmed that trials for such jackets are on, news agency IANS reported.

“In a special forces operation, there is extensive exercise. The body heats up. He [soldier] feels very uncomfortable. At that time if he has an air-conditioned jacket, he is more comfortable. Trial is on,” Mr Parrikar, who is now Goa’s Chief Minister, told students in Panaji at an event on Sunday. Continue reading


India has drawn up a shopping list for tens of billions of dollars of foreign fighter jets, armoured vehicles, submarines and helicopters, but it will only sign the cheques if they are made in India.

India, the world’s largest defence importer, has announced a new policy inviting foreign defence manufacturers to set up shop as minority partners in India. The bidding process for submarines was initiated in July.  Such deals would boost job creation and bring key defence technologies into the country.Foreign companies say the opportunity is too good to miss. Continue reading


India’s naval force will get a major boost with the inclusion of 22 Sea Guardian drones as the unmanned UAV will help to monitor Chinese activities in the Indian Ocean.

The Chinese are trying all the tricks up their sleeve to achieve dominance on LAC by intruding into Indian territory and keep the virtual border active. They employ similar tactics in the South China Sea. They flout all the international rules for establishing dominance in the sea. India has a 7500-km-long sea shore. Hence, the Guardians will be of real help to thwart the Chinese danger. Continue reading


Back in July 2015, the Indian Coast Guard was tipped off by the Kerala police about a vessel in the Arabian Sea carrying contraband, possibly drugs, possibly arms. The Coast Guard intercepted Barooki, an Iranian fishing vessel, 100 km west of Alleppey. Its crew of 10 Iranians and a Pakistani said they drifted off course on high seas.

The Kerala police searched the vessel high and low, and found a Thuraya communication set and a Pakistani ID car, but no contraband. After months of investigation, the crew were freed by a local court in March 2016 and the vessel was put up for auction, with its 16,000 litres of diesel. It was bought for scrap by a firm from Gujarat and its rusting hulk now lies anchored in Thiruvananthapuram. Continue reading


Until some months ago, as Raksha Mantri, Manohar Parrikar, with his trademark fidgety eloquence, could explain the flaws in the LCA Tejas or confidently hold fort on the now-fabled surgical strikes against Pakistan.

However, Parrikar appears to have re-adapted to his role as Chief Minister of India’s smallest state, Goa, and in the course of his relatively subdued campaign for the August 23 Panaji by-polls, rising tomato prices appear to have replaced his discourse on the Tejas indigenous light combat aircraft (LCA). Continue reading


The scuffle between Indian and Chinese troops near Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15 has been captured in a video. The purported video, shared by a retired military officer on social media on Saturday, shows Indian and Chinese soldiers shoving, kicking and hurling stones at each other.

The 44-second-long clip, which was posted by retired Lt General Prakash Katoch on his Facebook page on Saturday afternoon, was shared by the National Defence on YouTube. Indian Army officials, however, said they “have no confirmation of the authenticity of the video”, according to The Indian Express. Continue reading


Over the last few years the India-Taiwan relationship has improved significantly in the fast changing regional security environment.

While the genesis of India-Taiwan relations can be traced to pre-independent India, the two countries formed unofficial relations in 1995 with the establishment of the India-Taipei Association (ITA) in Taipei. In 2002, the directors of the India-Taipei Association (ITA) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) signed the Agreement on Promotion and Protection of Investment. In 2006, the Taiwan-India Cooperation Council (TICC), a private organisation, was established in Taipei. Continue reading


There was a genuine expectation that with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government coming in at the Centre, there would be an effort to have clear and simple rules that would enable any company to get on with it’s primary tasks (product development, and sales). Instead the time and energy of most technology companies continues to be wasted on figuring out “what the rules are”, with no clear answers available anywhere.
Take a look at the drone industry and the problems it faces in India. I have highlighted the problems in various emails to myriad ministries, but there has been no effort to address them. It is worth noting that while India does not even produce 1000 drones a year, Chinese companies are exporting over 1000 drones a day. The largest company in this field, DJI is the world leader in consumer drones. This market domination by the Chinese has happened because it’s government did not actively sabotage it’s own industry by placing arbitrary restrictions on everything. This is what India does. Now in this season of heightened tensions with China, India is in an unenviable position of having no domestic drone of any significance and having to depend on a Chinese company, DJI, for commercial applications if and when the Indian commercial market is opened up. Primary problems faced by the industry are:

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Incidents of stone-pelting have reduced in Jammu and Kashmir due to the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

He said the incidents of Naxalism, terrorism and extremism have also seen a downward trend in the last three years. “You have seen role of the NIA in Jammu and Kashmir, where incidents of stone pelting have come down. We have taken pledge for India’s security and strict action is being taken for this. We will accept challenges and in the past three years incident of naxalism, terrorism and extremism have seen a downward trend,” he said. Continue reading


Bilateral relations between India and Afghanistan have been characterised by ‘friendly engagement’ and underscored by positive public perception in both countries; this has continued after the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government took office in May 2014. Even then, emerging realities in and related to Afghanistan necessitate innovative action from both countries in at least three key sectors:

  • Political
  • Economy and developmental partnership
  • Security

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