SOURCE: TRIBUNE INDIA
As Modi reaches Washington he would be conscious that 16 years into America’s longest war and five months into his administration, Donald Trump is the third President who finds himself searching and struggling, like his predecessors, for an effective Afghanistan policy. Reports emanating from Washington about present US thinking suggest that Trump is unlikely to succeed where Bush and Obama failed—in finding a way to stabilise Afghanistan.
Central to ensuring peace in Afghanistan is to make Pakistan give up its unreasonable and unrealistic strategic ambitions in Afghanistan and its Afghan proxies. Unless this core issue is successfully addressed Afghanistan cannot become stable, and without that no US President will be able to end the Afghan war and bring the ‘boys’ home. Continue reading
Uprising for Change’ is the chant of angry, aggrieved protesters, thronging Kabul streets, asking for the resignation of President Ashraf Ghani and the removal of his national security adviser Hanif Atmar.
The protests that began after the bomb blast in Kabul on 31 May have continued unabated, despite several instances of firing: The latest being on 20 June at Sherpur Square which resulted in the deaths of a 16-year-old boy from Badakshan, and Ejaz ul Haq (a relative of Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan) from Panjshir. Today, Afghanistan is facing a level of ethnic schisms and sectarian violence that has not been witnessed since the early 1990s. Continue reading
The heinous abduction from a marriage ceremony in Kulgam town and killing of Lt. Umar Fayaz followed by the brutal massacre and mutilation of six Jammu and Kashmir policemen in Anantnag district and the barbaric lynching of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ayub Pandith by a mob outside Srinagar’s Jama Masjid, mark an unprecedented high in the Pakistan-sponsored and supported proxy war and radicalisation of the Kashmir Valley.
Particularly Pandith’s lynching by a mob only reinforces the fact that the separatists have sunk to their lowest in killing Kashmiriyat, which they claim to champion and expose them once again as vermin for the valley. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Pioneer.
After the Indian Army chief being compared with the infamous General Dyer by social scientist Partha Chatterjee, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit’s statement, calling him a “sadak ka goonda”, is the second personal attack on General Bipin Rawat within 10 days. Later, after having faced criticism, Dikshit promptly apologised, saying, “I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise.” On the other hand, Chatterjee is still unapologetic.
However, the story is not just about Dikshit and Chatterjee. There is, in fact, a long list of politicians and also intellectuals who have shown disrespect to the Army and other institutions, either by words or deeds. The communists often accuse the Army of rape and human right violations under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act . Two weeks ago, in Kerala, Communist Party of India(Marxist) secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, accused the Army of behaving unlawfully, random-shooting and raping women. Continue reading
Visiting the United States for the first time after being elected India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi was soaking up the spotlight at a Madison Square Garden extravaganza. Cheered on by nearly 20,000 Indian Americans, he delivered a stirring “I have a dream” speech underlining India’s rise, the success of the Indian diaspora, and the strength of the bonds that tie the world’s two biggest democracies. India would never look back, he promised, from his revolving stage. As Modi prepares to meet Donald Trump for the first time on Monday, a nervous India now looks back wistfully at those golden Barack Obama years of India-US relations when it used to be the star of the show.
In a nod to the anti-immigrant ethos of the new administration and the heat on Indian software engineers supposedly stealing American jobs, this time Modi is keeping his meeting with Indians abroad as low-key as possible. Compared with the usual hype and fanfare of his foreign visits, his public engagements during the two-day US trip have been kept to a bare minimum in keeping with the uncertainty of the times. Continue reading
SOURCE: DNA INDIA
Expressing concern over situation in Kashmir, former defence minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that the country needs a full-time defence minister.
Addressing a press conference in Pune, Pawar said that all political parties have decided to back the Union government on the Kashmir issue. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
They were born in the same family and grew up together in Chhattisgarh’s remote south Sukma district. Their childhood was spent traversing the thick forests of central India, learning the tactics of guerilla warfare from the commanders at the dreaded children’s wing of the Maoists, which they both joined at 12.
But two decades on, fate has pit them against each other.On one side is 35-year-old Madvi Hidma, arguably India’s most-wanted Maoist commander who is accused of planning and executing a string of deadly attacks on security personnel in Chhattisgarh that have claimed more than 200 lives. On the other side is his nephew and childhood friend Madkam Bheema, who rose through the Maoist ranks but surrendered in 2006 and is now with the Chhattisgarh Police. Continue reading
The Operation Prahaar is believed to have shaken the confidence of Naxals here in the area, as for the first time the security forces delved deep inside the Naxal core area in Sukma and launched a major offensive against them.
The security forces engaged the Naxalites’ first battalion, comprising of top Naxal commanders, in Sukma’s Tondamarka dense forest areas.A composite squad of Chhattisgarh Police’s Special Task Force , District Reserve Group ( DRG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit- CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) began the operation based on inputs about the location of Maoist hideouts in the interiors of Bastar. The 56-hour operation ended on Sunday morning. Continue reading
The Railways will kick off the final location survey of the 498 km long Bilaspur-Manali-Leh line at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir this week.
Coming up at a high of 3,300 metres, the strategically important rail project is touted to become the highest rail track in the world, overtaking China’s Qinghai-Tibet Railway.The all-weather Leh rail network is one of the four important railway connectivities identified by the defence ministry along the China border. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE HINDU
India may finally face the music on Afghanistan as Prime Minister Narendra Modi sits face to face with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.
“The US is keen to see India playing a greater role in its commitment towards counter-terrorism and as a result it may be asked to play a more meaningful role in stabilising Afghanistan by sending its men to fight the elements of terrorism there,” a top official told BusinessLine requesting anonymity. Continue reading
SOURCE: LIVE MINT
India is pulling out all stops to develop infrastructure in Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands, given the strategic importance of the islands.
State-run National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corp. Ltd (NHIDCL) has been tasked with building bridges and roads at an investment of around Rs3,000 crore.Better infrastructure will help India secure its territory and protect its trade routes even as China aims to expand its naval reach. India’s only tri-service command is established in A&N at the entrance to the Malacca Strait, the world’s busiest shipping route. Continue reading
SOURCE: DHAKA TRIBUNE
Experts say the fourth generation MiG 35 is a vastly updated version of the earlier MiG 29 series specialised aircrafts. After first offering to sell the advanced MiG 35 fighter plane to Bangladesh in April this year, Russia has now offered the same to India.
First publicly presented at the 2007 Bangalore air show, the MiG 35 has since been much improved. According to one report, during Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s last visit to Moscow, officials of both countries discussed the possibility of India purchasing the plane to enhance its air force. Continue reading
India’s quest for advanced surveillance drones to keep a hawk-eye on the Indian Ocean Region will now be met through the proposed acquisition of Predator naval drones from the US. But what it really wants is combat drones or unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) in the long run.
Akin to fighter jets but remotely controlled through satellites from thousands of miles away, combat drones are capable of firing missiles and precision-guided munitions on enemy targets before returning to their home bases to re-arm for the next mission. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Statesman
It is unlikely that the Tatas and Lockheed Martin did no It is unlikely that the Tatas and Lockheed Martin did not have strong signals that India would be preferring the F-16 over the Swedish Grippen before they entered into a formal tie-up to produce that battle-tested warhorse in India.
It would also be unlikely that the American firm would have proceeded thus far without clearance from the Trump administration that is so firmly opposed to “outsourcing” jobs that could be done by Americans at home. Continue reading
SOURCE: Hindustan Times
At least five “resident militants” who previously operated out of south Kashmir have returned to the state’s summer capital, intelligence inputs received by the state police show, signalling a shift in the militants’ strategy.
Police officials told HT that irregular sighting of militants moving in the city has been reported in the past week, prompting cordon-and-search operations in Lal Bazaar, Batamaloo and Lal Chowk areas.“This is clearly an attempt to put Srinagar at par with other areas of Kashmir, which have seen a spike in militant activities,” said a senior official. Continue reading