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Questions from Pathankot

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The government’s public handling of the Pathankot attack raises several serious questions which show that the lessons from 26/11 or other terror attacks haven’t been learnt. First, why was there no clear communications strategy and why did ministers prematurely rush into congratulatory mode? The primary aim of terror is to spread public panic and clear […..]

Pathankot first big challenge to Modi’s new Pakistan policy

Exactly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised India by dropping in on Nawaz Sharif in Lahore, comes the first big challenge to his new peace initiative with Pakistan. Imagine if the terrorists had succeeded in blowing up a Mig-21 or a Sukhoi at the Pathankot Indian Air Force base? They failed — the […..]

Accusing veterans of insulting the nation sign of desperation

For the second time in a week Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has personally taken on military veterans who are returning their medals in organized agitations across the country over the one-rank-one-pay (OROP) standoff with the government. Speaking in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, he said, “burning and returning them [medals]is an insult to the nation and […..]

Give them their due

The hero of the Bangladesh war, Lt Gen J F R Jacob, once commented, only partly in jest, that today’s generals do not even enjoy half the authority that he had once enjoyed as a major. The general should know, having served as an army commander and much later as a governor of Punjab and […..]

431 Cadets Commissioned in IMA

Dehradun: Four hundred and thirty one cadets graduated today at the 71st passing-out parade of the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun. Defence Minister George Fernandes presided over the function. Lt Antony Joseph, who won the sword of honour, was beaming with pride. He is one of the cadets who symbolize the changing face of the […..]

Govt Mulls Flexibility in Army Structure

The government has confirmed that it is now examining a radical proposal to directly transfer Army officers to para-military organisations like the BSF and the CRPF after five to seven years of service. The proposal aims at reducing the age profile of the Indian Army and giving and alternate career option to Army officers. If […..]

Trishul Unacceptable to Armed Forces in Present Form

In a serious setback to India’s missile programme, the defence services have told the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) – the organization that oversees all weapons being developed in India that the Trishul missile does not meet its requirements and is unacceptable in its current form. This is a missile project that has taken […..]