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SOURCE: HIMANSU SWAIN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

First at Galwan& now at Chushul, PLA isn’t in mood to de-escalate the military build-up across LAC. They are deliberately intensifying the heat on border after observing Indian economy facing severe GDP downfall during COVID-19 Pandemic. They will keep amplifying the rate of incursion into Indian Territory unless India Govt succumbs to CCP leadership & acknowledges them superpower in place of USA.

That’s why, they are coming with two options. Either India accepts Chinese hegemony in the world through easy way or they would exercise hard option to punish India through military assaults. They have already analysed India’s Strong points & loopholes across border & now they are preparing for assault.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Defence Analysts have urged Pakistani Military Establishment to capture Siachen and Kargil from India if Indo-China War breaks out when Indian forces are distracted by war on their Eastern side with China. Many Pakistani analysts see this as a Golden opportunity for the Pakistani Military Establishment to open a second front against the Indian Army to take back areas that they believe are rightfully theirs.

In 1984, Under Operation Ababeel wanted to capture g tactical high ground by controlling 70 kilometers long of the Siachen Glacier, its tributary glaciers, and three main passes of the Saltoro Ridge but the Indian Army got wind of it and launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984 to pre-empt Operation Ababeel. 

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his recent visit to China briefed Chinese leadership about the New Political Map of Pakistan which included the whole area of the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir but had no frontier defined in Indian Ladakh sector and also later Qureshi also explained that the purpose of his recent visit was to “understand [China’s] current state of mind and gauge their stance on India”.

According to Pakistani media, Qureshi also asked Chinese support and help in Kashmir Push at the International stage and in return, the Chinese leadership has made some Pathbreaking suggestions to the Pakistani government which they think will be able to put International pressure on India. Chinese apparently have told Qureshi that the Kashmir issue is inching towards a final settlement soon and recent border clashes with India near the Galwan area were to have upper hand in settlement dialogue.

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SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra a senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies has said that Amerian Military Analysts and fellow researchers are sure that a second aircraft had gone down in Pakistani occupied Kashmir (POK) last year along with Mig-21Bis which was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was later ejected and was captured in POK.

Even though they don’t agree with IAF claim that it was an American build F-16 but rather seems to be convinced that it was a Chinese build JF-17 in the vicinity which was shot down. Varthaman had confirmed that it was an IRST seeker of the R-73 missile which confirmed a lock of a target which is why he had fired the missiles, 30 seconds prior he was shot down by an F-16 with an AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate this week a wave of excitement swept through India. Her heritage gave the Indian public cause to celebrate but not much cheer was seen from the present dispensation in the power corridors of India which have largely remained mum and in past have supported the current President Donald Trump.

Jeremy Bowling an American Political Analyst who sides with India on American foreign policies has warned Indian-American communities in the states against voting her just based on Indian Heritage connection which she has for long didn’t associate her self with and vocally considers her self as Black-American. Bowling believes that Kamala Harris almost joined the “the Squad” which has hardcore Pro-Islamic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib who have many times expressed their Anti-India and Pro-Islamic Views.

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SOURCE: VIDHI BUBNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi,in his Independence Day address to the nation called for an ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat, or a self-reliant India. Modi’s ambition is to make India – ‘make for the world’ and to frame the Indian intent to emerge as an alternative to China on the world stage by contributing to the world economy. According to the Indian Prime Minister “How will a country export raw materials, and then import finished products?” The concept of ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat was developed by the Narendra Modi government in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic and an economic package of ?21 lakh crores was announced in May to strengthen and contribute to a self-reliant economy.

The recent India-China border tensions have set the impetus for reduced dependence of imports, especially from China and encourage consumption of locally made products. The government has started taking steps toward this by placing curbs on imports including on 101 defence related items as well as restrictions on imports of television.

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SOURCE: VIDHI BUBNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

India’s relation with its neighbouring nations in the last few years has been weak. Even after multiple treaties and projects lined up, most of the South Asian countries and some countries in the East have already started favouring China for cooperation and stability through the medium of trade and agreements.

Maldives however, seems to be that rare country to unequivocally support India, especially with the advent of President Ibrahim M. Solih in 2018 who has since been a close ally of Narendra Modi and under whose presidentship, India has invested a whopping $2 billion, including all loan and grant projects. Solih in the last one and half years has acted on an ‘India First’ policy approach (unlike his predecessor Yameen, who supported China), a diplomatically welcoming and optimistic response to India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Year After End of 370 and 35A, People have lost count of the number of times Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan tweeted and talked about an imminent Indian false Flag attack in India to be blamed on Pakistan to start a full-scale war against Pakistan which has not happened in last one year of full-blown propaganda created specifically for International intervention in Kashmir.

Imran Khan continues rants for over a year about imminent Indian false Flag attack in India was not only royally ignored at the International levels but also harmed Pakistan’s ties with many Islamic countries who sensed that Pakistan’s claims of War like situation on borders and so-called massacre in Kashmir by Indian forces have turned out to be pure propaganda which doesn’t deserve unwanted attention as claimed by Pakistan.

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SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

New Political Map of Pakistan might come as a rude wake-up call to the Kashmir separatist who always aspired to be independent of India and Pakistan to create a new country in the region to be self-ruled. Pakistan has demolished its myth which it had created in the International circle that the Rights of Kashmiris for self-determination is what the world can’t ignore for long but will Political Map stunt by Political novice Imran Khan has now reduced it to India and Pakistan land dispute with Kashmiri out of the equation.

Did Imran Khan walk into Modi Trap?, It seems like since after scanning Pakistani media over last few days and not many Pakistani Political experts on Kashmir were able to explain the logic behind including Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir in the Map and how it is going to benefit them in the larger things to come in future. Pakistan for long had tried to equate Kashmir with Palestine issue but new Political map has removed any plans for self-ruled Kashmir out of the equation which only helps India who can show the International community that whole drama was only to acquire Indian side of areas while it has no plans to give Kashmirs self-rule option. Continue reading

SOURCE: HIMANSU SWAIN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently an article published on a prominent international newspaper where an author precisely narrated China’s intentions behind Galwan Valley clash & the current ongoing stand-off along LAC. If we simplify Chinese narrative “China wants India to curtail strategic military partnership with USA, Withdraw from Indo-Pacific group, QUAD, LSA, COMCASA & abrogate Military exercises with US military including Malabar exercise. India should endorse Chinese leadership & hegemony in South Asia & succumb its sovereignty over Gilgit-Baltistan & POK by joining OBOR (CPEC). RCEP, gives up Arunachal Pradesh if it doesn’t want to get hurt by China on Himalayas.

Chinese doesn’t like India to be a competitor to them in near future which would pose a security threat to their interest in South Asia as well as in Indian Ocean. Therefore, a weak India makes china play their game in comfort zone. As Chinese believe themselves belong to a superior race, they want Indian PM to bow his head down before their supreme leader to accept their legacy like former PM Manmohan Singh did. India should make CPC happy even it takes to sign free trade agreement with them& hand over 100% FDI to Chinese companies in all 9 major core sectors so that communist can exploit India’s natural resources”. Continue reading

SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Junagadh a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, nearly 200 km away from the border with Pakistan caught many Indians poor knowledge and background history of the area when Pakistan government announced new Political maps recently which included the former princely territory of 160 km² area ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty in British India.

Jinnah’s Queen, King, and Pawn’s theory were well explained by then Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, where Jinnah eyed King (Hyderabad), Queen (Kashmir) and the pawn (Junagadh) as areas which will expand further areas of Pakistan over what was already agreed as per partition terms. Many years later Junagadh and Hyderabad continued to be showcased in Pakistan’s Political map and somewhere in the mid-’70s, Pakistan quietly gave up claims on the former princely state of Hyderabad, which was in the heart of India, while political map still carried Junagadh but since it was missing from the administrative maps of Pakistan not many Indian knew about it. Continue reading

SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA P / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aerial refueling is a process of transferring fuel from a refueling aircraft (usually called as Tanker) to other military aircrafts (referred to as receiver aircrafts). It is also sometimes called as in-flight refueling (IFR) or air-to-air refueling (AAR). Tankers are considered as Force multipliers since they give tactical advantages[1].

In some cases, range and load become a dilemma as these two depend on fuel. If an aircraft takes off with high payload then there is a considerable drain of fuel affecting the combat range but Aerial Refueling can allow an aircraft to take-off with maximum payload, once airborne the aircraft can be topped up thereby increasing the combat range. Sometimes, high speed is important for a mission, Aerial Refueling can eliminate such low fuel concerns [1]. To understand the advantages of Aerial Refueling in simple words consider that time taken to land, refuel, and again to take-off is reduced, hence the mission time can be increased. The refueling systems are mainly of two types, Continue reading

SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA P / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India has an approximate 7517 km length of coastline [1], considering its strategic geographical location from the perspective of its proximity to international waters, global trade routes and the increased geo-political activities in the Indo-pacific. India has a greater role to act in the region, hence it becomes important for India to be very vigilant beyond its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Keeping in mind about the increased Geo-political activities, let us now analyze the situation that whether India need an amphibious aircraft?

Indian ocean is an important link in the global trade with 80% of China’s energy needs passing through the Malacca strait [2]. Also, Beijing’s exports passing through the same strait. Malacca strait is the main shipping channel between Indian ocean and Pacific Ocean. Hence this strait becomes a choke point [2]. China is heavily dependent on shipping lanes both for its energy and economic activities. Till the Beijing proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) becomes its preferred trade circuit, for example China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which Beijing primarily intends to bypass the Malacca strait. With rapid expansion and modernization of People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), Beijing is becoming increasingly assertive and its venture has increased in Indian ocean, such as conducting surveillance and navigation, frequent submarine deployments [3] across its string of pearls bases spread in the region encircling India [4], but may be these activities by large are to gather intelligence. Continue reading

SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

China’s new Shenyang J-16 multirole fighter jet which is based on Russian Su-30 Flanker-C multirole fighter has been gaining traction with the People’s Liberation Army Air Force, or PLAAF of late and production activity indicates that jet which was first introduced in 2014 as seen fast track production of this type and even quieter induction in PLAAF while Worlds focus remains on Chinese 5th Generation fighter jet programs.

For long, Indian defense analysts have dismissed PLAAF’s Su-27 and their copies J-11 as nothing but inferior and also took dig at the Su-30MK supplied to PLAAF by Russia which is heavily downgraded export model which is technologically not comparable with the IAF’s Su-30MKI fleet which due to its Indo-Western equipment had edge over PLAAF’s Original and Copied Flankers until J-16 came along with much superior spec sheet at least on the paper. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANOJ AGARWAL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

20 years after Kargil War and over 15 years after Circus which IAF with help of Defence minister ran for years, We are yet again planning to restart great Indian Fighter Jet Tamasha where every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be sending in their fighter jets for evaluation minus China so that IAF can waster another 2-3 years in Technical evaluation of this jet, then declare a winner and when MOD sees the price of each jet it will waste another 2-3 years in price negotiation round then walk out of the deal citing the high cost of purchase and its again back to ground zero, even if price negotiation and the technical round is completed in next three years it means it could require another 3 years to set up a local manufacturing plant and another 2 years before the first aircraft is out of the assembly line.

In short, this circus will go on for the next 7-8 years and might even repeat itself if IAF doesn’t get its favorite Toy which is Dassault Rafale at the end. Since this circus will now be bigger due to the addition of F-15EX and Su-35, it only confirms that fighter jet selection is becoming a herculean task since either party in MOD and IAF have no clue about what they want, It’s like a customer walking into each car showroom in the town and still coming out clueless because he still doesn’t know what he wants and what is his criteria. Continue reading