Chinese maps from the late 19th and early 20th century show Aksai Chin — a region under Chinese occupation since the 1962 war — as part of the Ladakh region, a finding that supports India’s position on the subject. A 1919 map of Tibet indicates that the Aksai Chin area “is as per the Indian perception”, said Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Gurmit Singh, a former Kashmir Corps Commander.

The other, older maps — also seen by India Today TV — are from 1893 and 1909. (Click on the playable image above to see the video report.) The findings come at time of rising border and diplomatic tensions between the two Asian giants. In recent weeks, Indian and Chinese soldiers have skirmished in eastern Ladakh and northern Sikkim. As well, Beijing has protested congratulatory messages sent by BJP MPs to Taiwan’s newly-elected pro-independence leader. Continue reading


Educator and innovator Sonam Wangchuk has created a buzz online after his message to boycott Chinese goods went going viral amid the escalating tension at LAC in Ladakh. In an appeal, he urged the countrymen to snub products made in China and uninstall Chinese apps. Wangchuk, who inspired Phunsukh Wangdu’s character essayed by Aamir Khan in the film 3 Idiots, recently released a YouTube video titled ‘China Ko Jawaab Sena Degi Bullet Se, Naagrik Dengey Wallet Se‘, explaining how people can help the country in this situation.

With a message to give up ‘softwares in a week’ and ‘hardwares in a year’, Wangchuk, sitting against the picturesque views of the Himalayas and river Sindhu, explains in the video how just beyond the mountains, thousands of soldiers are trying to protect the country. Continue reading


The Government of India’s silence on the standoff at the LAC is fuelling fear and rumours in Eastern Ladakh. Tashi Namgyal Yakzee, the councillor of Durbuk based in Shyok village, says there is panic in villages across his constituency because of heavy troop movement at night.

“My village is 120 kms away from Galwan Nalla where the Chinese have come in. Indian convoys with troops, ammunition and tanks move through villages at night. There is fear because no one knows what exactly is going on. For three days our mobile connectivity had been cut off. Villagers who work as porters for the Army were sent back on May 5,” Yakzee said. Continue reading


Amid the tension between India and China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in east Ladakh, the first phase of the Army leadership’s biannual conference came to a close on Friday. The three-day conference began with seven Army commanders and Principal Staff Officers being briefed about the situation in eastern Ladakh and other aspects of national security.

The conference was to be held in April but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown. The second phase of the conference will take place in June-end. While this phase focused on human resources and logistical issues, the second phase will see detailed presentations for each Army command. Continue reading


Indian and Chinese troops have “pushed each other around” on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, raising international alarm. Under pressure from missile fire on its own LAC with India, Pakistan made public its hostility by getting its military experts to predict India’s humiliation at the hands of a “superior power”.

But judging from its past modus operandi, war is not going to be India’s option — nor any form of escalation that will affect its economy. This is where India acts differently: No knee-jerk reaction that will lead to the kind of war that broke out in 1962. Unlike Pakistan’s predictable reaction of breaking off cross-border trade — as it did in 2019 after the Pulwama incident — India became a significant trading partner with China touching a reported turnover of $89 billion in 2018. Continue reading


After the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir special status with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution last August, the Army has set out to buy land for its camps in the Valley. In the first such instance, the Army has approached Baramulla administration, evincing interest in buying 129 kanal (6.5 hectare) of land at Kreeri high ground at Tapperwari in Pattan area of the north Kashmir district, where the troops are already “temporarily stationed”, defence sources said.

They said the Quartermaster for Commanding officer of the 19 Infantry Division Ordnance Unit has written to the district administration, requesting it to inform if the administration wishes to sell the land to the Indian army. Continue reading


Lockheed Martin, the parent company of Sikorsky, was recently awarded a USD 905 million contract to deliver 24 MH-60Rs to the Indian Navy. The contract, being executed under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, was awarded by the U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

According to the Pentagon contract announcement released at the time, three MH-60Rs are for the U.S. Navy and 21 MH-60Rs are for the government of India. With this, three MH-60Rs which were fully built and originally earmarked for the U.S. Navy will be supplied to India. According to the new Livefist report, these three airframes will be diverted for delivery to India, which is expected later this year, after stipulated modifications. The report added that the first of the remaining 21 helicopters will be delivered in Spring 2021. Continue reading


The Pakistan Army on Friday claimed to have shot down an “Indian quadcopter” allegedly intruding across the Line of Control (LoC). Military spokesperson Major General Babar Iftikhar said that the copter intruded 700 meters from Kanzalwan sector. “Pakistan Army troops shot down an Indian spying quadcopter which came from Kanzalwan Sector, intruded 700 Meters on Pakistan side of the LOC in Nekrun Sector,” according to a tweet by the spokesman.

India has dismissed previous such claims by the Pakistan Army. It was the second quadcopter which the Pakistani Army has claimed to have shot down in three days. On Wednesday, it said that it has downed an Indian “spying quadcopter” for allegedly violating the airspace along the LoC. Continue reading


The foundation stone for a Missile Park named ‘Agneeprastha’ was laid at INS Kalinga by Cmde Rajesh Debnath, Commanding Officer, in the presence of Vice Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, on Friday.

The Missile Park, once completed, will be dedicated to all the officers, sailors and support staff of INS Kalinga, who have served in this premier operation-support Base of the ENC since its establishment in 1981. The park also commemorates the award of the prestigious Unit Citation to INS Kalinga for the year 2018-19. Continue reading


US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has talked to his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh and reiterated his support for a “strong and enduring” bilateral defence partnership, the Pentagon said Friday.

Mr Esper and Mr Singh, during a phone call, discussed a range of regional security issues, it said. The Secretary expressed his firm commitment to India’s leadership across the Indo-Pacific region, the Pentagon said in a statement. “Secretary Esper reiterated his support for a strong and enduring US-India defence partnership and the two leaders discussed ways to advance several important bilateral initiatives,” it said. Continue reading


In a major breakthrough, the Kolkata Police’s Special Task Force arrested Bangladesh-based terror group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh’s top commander Abdul Karim alias Boro Abdul Karim.

Karim was arrested from the Murshidabad district of West Bengal.Karim, considered the second topmost leader in JMB in India after the organisation’s chief – Salauddin Salehin, was arrested by the STF along with local police from Murshidabad district of West Bengal. With his arrest, the top three JMB leadership in India has now been reduced to 2. Continue reading


As Delhi and Beijing turn to their working mechanism at the level of diplomats to reduce military tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, there’s evidence of the Chinese having deployed towed artillery and mechanised elements on their side of the LAC opposite the Galwan valley.

Highly placed sources told The Indian Express that a detailed analysis of satellite images has shown extensive deployment of towed artillery and mechanised elements on the Chinese side, bringing Indian deployments within striking distance. Satellite images also show the presence of at least 16 tanks with a mix of infantry combat vehicles, though camouflaged. Flatbed trucks, excavator machines, dumper trucks too have been identified in the imagery, sources said, adding that these suggest permanent defences are being prepared by the Chinese in the area. Continue reading


Quick and timely reinforcements by the security forces in the Galwan Nala area saved the day for the Indian side as the Chinese Army wanted to carry out deeper incursions there upto their claim lines inside the Indian territory. “When the Chinese Army started building up its troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Nala area in the first week of May, they wanted to carry out deeper incursions into the Indian territory upto their claim lines. Initially, the response was hampered but then due to quick reinforcements of troops by the Indian security forces prevented Chinese plans to be realised at one of the locations there,” sources told ANI here.

The reinforcements helped us to plug critical points and averted a possible deep incursion planned to be carried out there by the Chinese Army which has come using the Nala and has positioned itself near the Indian positions near the Patrolling Point 14 there under the Daulat Beg Oldie area, they said. The Chinese troops are also present in the Galwan Nala at a position close to the area of the 114 Brigade at some distance from the PP-14, the sources said. Continue reading


On May 17, a group of Indian Air Force’s finest were gathered around in a room buzzing with radio transmissions and lined with consoles. There was nervousness in the air and frowns on faces. Their day in Bengaluru had started according to plan. India would witness the performance of the Tejas fighter jet, their boss, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, would be flying in it for the first time, he would take over controls halfway into the 30-minute flight and the jet itself would be flown by ace pilot Group Captain Madhav Rangachari.

But as Group Captain Rangachari fired up the engines of the twin-seat trainer version, Air Chief Marshal Raha, from the rear seat threw up a surprise. He told the pilot he would take over completely — take off, check the jet’s agility, throw it into dives, pick a ‘target’ and then return to Bengaluru’s HAL airport. And as the group of stunned IAF officers in command & control stared into monitors, their boss shot off in the direction of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu, 90 kilometres away, picked a dam as the ‘ground target’, simulated a strike, tossed the jet around with one of the moves generating a body-crushing 5Gs and then headed back to Bengaluru for a smooth landing. Continue reading


A new formation is emerging in the Islamic World and OIC as Pakistan in a selfish move have decided to get further closer to Turkey and widen ties with Malaysia at the cost of its old ties with Saudi Arabia and UAE — who had bankrolled Islamabad for decades. This was reflected at the last week’s OIC meet at UN where Turkey once again threw its weight behind Pakistan’s rant against India — Islamophobia. However, UAE backed India and others gave tacit support to India at the meet.

Turkey under its President has been challenging Saudi Arabia’s decade old dominance in the Islamic world and with Riyadh developing multi-faceted with India Islamabad in a desperate step has moved closer to Ankara to pursue its anti-India agenda. Simultaneously UAE’s ties with India encompasses areas and sectors unimaginable few years back. Continue reading