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Indo-Nepal Thaw: Does Compellence Work?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli In his maiden state visit to India, Nepal Prime Minister K.P Sharma Oli emphasised that his visit was “to clear the cloud of misunderstanding” between the two neighbours. The misunderstanding emerged in the backdrop of Nepal’s adoption …

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Metamorphosis of the Defence Budget 2016-17

Pic Courtesy: Sumit Walia There was no mention of the allocation being made for defence for the coming fiscal in the finance minister’s budget speech on February 29. It would be pointless to second guess the reason for what many would consider an omission but two factors appear to have …

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South China Sea: Is China baring its fangs?

“The Indian Ocean is not India’s ocean”, so said Chinese Defence Minister Chi Haotian way back in 1994. However, China does not apply that same analogy to the East and South China Seas!! From the aggressive forays on the high seas further and further from the shores of Mainland China, …

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Shortage of Officers in the Army

In Army (excluding Army Medical Corps, Army Dental Corps and Military Nursing Service), as on 01.07.2015, against the authorized strength of 49631 officers, held strength of officers is 40525 with a shortage of 9106.  Shortage of officers is inter alia attributable to accretions of posts from time to time, tough …

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Achievements made by DRDO

Arjun Tank Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is a Mission Mode Organisation, which is primarily engaged in design and development of strategic, complex and security sensitive systems for the Armed Forces. DRDO has developed number of systems/products/ technologies, a large number of which have already been productionised. The value …

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Only Self Interest Can Bridge the Indo-Pak Divide

Despite opposition from some members of the US Senate, Think Tanks and Academics alike the US Government has gone on to approve the sale of F-16 fighters to Pakistan. The Secretary of State, John Kerry, defended his decision with the words “The F-16s have been a critical part of the …

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How far will Pakistan use its Taliban Leverage?

Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Advisor to Pakistan’s Prime Minister, has, for the first time by a top member of the establishment, acknowledged that Pakistan has influence over the Afghan Taliban and that they were living in Pakistan. He was revealing what the world has known all along – that the Taliban operate …

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