A day after the government banned the Yasin Malik-led Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for “promoting” secession, officials of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs said the government had acted on reports from intelligence agencies and J&K Police about the alleged role of JKLF in anti-India activities.

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Speaking recently at the Kautilya International Foundation in New Delhi, I said that Chanakya should be mandatory reading for all diplomats.  In saying this I was not only paying tribute to the author of the world’s first substantive treatise on statecraft, the Arthashastra, written sometime around 150 CE, a millennium and a half before Machiavelli wrote The Prince in the 16th century CE.  I believe that the Arthashastra is essential reading because, even if things have changed greatly by now, the treatise contains essential lessons about the conduct of diplomacy and war that are surprisingly relevant today.

The first thing Chanakya stresses on is clarity of objective.  That clarity can only be arrived at by unemotional appraisal and a rigorous application of mind.   If we conflate this advice with the present, what it means for India is a clear understanding that we face two — not one — endemically hostile states on our northern border — Pakistan and China.  Our objective must be to deal with them in a manner where our national interests are served and we can adequately protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and UK’s National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill on Friday discussed the need to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan, following the Pulwama terrorist attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed last month, as one of “key global priorities”.

The two officials discussed “key global priorities, including support for reducing tension between India and Pakistan”, US state department spokesperson Robert Palladino said in a readout of their meeting. They also discussed Syria and Iran, and the special relationship between their countries. Continue reading


The year was 1897, and the date, September 12. Stationed at an army post in the North West Frontier Province, 21 Sikh soldiers (of the 36th Sikhs of British Indian Army) stood their ground, and fearlessly fought 10,000 raging Afghans. Considered as one of history’s greatest last stands, the epic ‘Battle of Saragarhi’ has been listed as one of the top eight battles of bravery by UNESCO while September 12 every year is commemorated as Saragarhi Day. Not only this, for almost close to a decade, filmmakers have been chasing this glorious chapter in the Indian history, one that narrates a moving tale of valour, unparalleled bravery and exceptional courage.

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The BCCI on Saturday contributed Rs 20 crore, the budget earmarked for the IPL opening ceremony, to the funds of the Armed forces and CRPF. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the glitzy opening ceremony in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“It was unanimously decided that a sum of Rs 11 crore be contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively,” a BCCI release said.The 12th editions of the popular league began today with a clash between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai. Continue reading


Even as China and Bangladesh are furthering their defence ties, a top official of the Indian Army visited Bangladesh from March 19 to March 22 with the intention of strengthening the bilateral military ties between India and Bangladesh. The visit of Lt Gen M.M. Naravane, general officer commanding in chief (Eastern Command), is seen as an attempt to boost intelligence sharing between the two countries along with other regular aspects of defence cooperation.

The visit has come at a time when India has made Myanmar act tough against the insurgent groups working against India from its soil.Lt Gen Naravane, one of the three senior most officers of the Indian Army, met with senior military officials, including the service chiefs of the Bangladesh military, and discussed various options of joint military exercise. Continue reading


Indian Navy vessels Sujata, Sarathi and Shardul, deployed at Port Beira in cyclone-hit  Mozambique for rescue and relief operations, has rescued 150 survivors since last Monday.  The ships were diverted to Mozambique after Cyclone ‘IDAI’ wreaked havoc in the country causing large scale destruction and loss of lives.

Since arrival at Port Beira, the ships have rescued more than 150 survivors from Buzi area near Port Beira, which has remained cut off from the mainland from March 15. Two medical camps have been set up at Port Beira and Gaura-Gaurathe Island and Medical assistance is being extended to over 800 affected people. Continue reading


Northern Command Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh reviewed visited forward posts in Rajouri and Reasi Sectors on Friday to interact with soldiers and review the operational preparedness. He was accompanied by the White Knight Corps Commander, Lt Gen Paramjit Singh.

Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh was updated on the measures undertaken to ensure a secure environment in the region ahead of the Lok Sabha election 2019. “During the visit, the Army Commander was briefed about the current operational situation on the Line of Control, ceasefire violations, preparedness for strong and speedy response to enemy actions at the LoC, actions being taken to ensure a robust counter-infiltration grid and use of new generation technology for enhancing operational capability,” said a release. Continue reading


Indian armed forces fired at a Pakistani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) along the International Border in Rajasthan’s Sriganganagar district and forced it to retreat. Senior defence sources said that the UAV attempted an intrusion near Satrana and Jagdev border outpost of Sriganganagar sector on Friday evening. The Indian forces engaged the UAV with anti-aircraft guns after radars identified it.

Offcicials said the air defence systems and radars are on full alert to thwart any Pakistani intrusion attempts. Since the Indian Air Force (strikes at a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot on February 26, four Pakistani drones have been shot down near the International Border in Rajasthan. Continue reading



France’s Dassault Aviation, American firm Boeing and Swedish Saab are the front-runners for the Indian Air Force’s multi-billion dollar contract for 114 fighter jets. However, the Russians are still in contention with two aircraft, as is US manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Top sources in the defence establishment told ThePrint that the main competition is between the Dassault’s Rafale, Boeing’s F/A-18 and the Saab Gripen, even though a total of seven aircraft are vying for the mega deal.

The IAF has finalised the Air Staff Quality Requirements (ASQR) for the fighter programme and has moved the file for getting the Acceptance of Necessity (AON) from the Ministry of Defence. Continue reading


India’s former foreign secretary S Jaishankar has said China has to think what signal it is sending to the world by putting a technical hold in the UN on a proposal to list Pakistan-based terror group JeM’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

China last week blocked for the fourth consecutive time a resolution at the UN Security Council Committee on designating Azhar as a global terrorist. The proposal under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a suicide bomber of the JeM killed 44 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Continue reading


China has made great advancements in future weapons systems, many of which suggest that the Asian giant is planning a lethal battle against its adversaries, especially when it comes to space denial and disabling or destroying satellites. From directed energy weapons (DEW) to electromagnetic pulses (EMP) and mobile pulse generators, China has a plethora of options to choose from, most of which are difficult to get information on.

ThePrint takes an exclusive look at these systems through open source satellite imagery to understand the advances made by China. Continue reading


The stain of the Bofors scandal that was unearthed in 1987 has diseased India’s defence procurement ever since. Be it the purchase of howitzers or AgustaWestland choppers or indeed the Rafale aircraft, every Indian defence procurement initiative invites severe political challenge. Given that the Bofors scandal brought down the Rajiv Gandhi government, every Opposition party sees the purchase of any defence equipment from abroad as a political opportunity to attack the government of corruption. This has reached such a stage that defence procurement in India has become well-nigh impossible and as a country we are imperilling our security at a time when the world is geo politically unstable.

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After the air strikes on Balakot which marked a major strategic shift in the Indian state’s response to terror, political comparisons with Israel have followed. For those advocating a more muscular response to cross-border terrorism, Israel has long been the holy grail. So, almost immediately after the Indian Air Force strikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammad training camp on February 26, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav observed “in a way we have entered the league of nations like Israel” .

Similarly, Israel served as a benchmark after post-Uri surgical strikes, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi compared the military action to the prowess of the Israelis. Speaking at a rally in Himachal Pradesh on October 18, 2016, he had said: “We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this. The nation has seen that Indian Army is no less than anybody.” Continue reading


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday he had received a message from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the eve of Pakistan Day that spoke of the two sides working together for a peaceful region in an atmosphere “free of terror”. In a late night tweet, Khan said the message from Modi had said: “I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Sub-continent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.”

People familiar with developments in New Delhi described Modi’s message as a customary message sent to heads of government or state on national days and noted that the focus was on a terror-free South Asia. Continue reading