Sushant Singh

Doklam standoff: Indian, Chinese patrols clash on Ladakh lake, PLA skips Independence Day meets
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Doklam standoff: As tensions mount over the standoff at the trijunction with Bhutan, the PLA skipped the ceremonial border meetings on Independence Day. This is the first time since 2005 that this meeting on August 15 was not held.

Doklam row: EU embassies in wait-and-watch mode
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Embassies of the three major European countries have been in constant touch with their governments, besides being briefed by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on the developing situation.

Heroes and Hero Worship
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The soldier in Indian social consciousness has evolved — from being looked upon as a member of a colonial army to the last word on patriotism.

Cautiously, Army raises alert level in Arunachal Pradesh as Chinese officials meet US counterparts
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

In the eastern sector, as reported by The Indian Express, Army units in Sikkim have already been staged forward as they undertake their Operational Alert this month which has been advanced from October. No movement of troops has, however, taken place in Ladakh, the other major area where India and China share a disputed border.

China steps up troop presence at Doklam seven weeks into standoff
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Doklam standoff: PLA soldiers pitch 80 tents; Army advances exercise for units in Sikkim. The Indian Express has learnt that the number of Chinese troops in the area is estimated to be less than 800, which means that it is not a full PLA infantry battalion.

Two options on Doklam standoff: Let Bhutan troops replace India’s, wait until November
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

The option of a prolonged standoff is based on the premise, sources said, that the Chinese would not like to escalate the situation to a military conflict.

Why 2017 is not 1987
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

A more nationalistic Beijing and the location of the dispute make the current India-China crisis different from the earlier stand-off

Govt says no change after China claims India cut troops 400 to 40 at Doklam
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

Chinese made a new demand that besides troop withdrawal, the Indian side should also thoroughly investigate into the illegal trespassing by its own soldiers.

Macchil encounter order upsets Army officers who processed case
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

According to other officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity since the case “is sub-judice”, said the AFT judgment casts aspersions on the integrity of the Army’s judicial process.

CAG report: ‘IAF’s strategic missile systems not yet inducted on China border’
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

Developed by the DRDO, Akash missile system was planned to be inducted in the IAF from 1994 to replace the Pichora missile system. A medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence system, Akash can target enemy aircraft up to 30 km away, at altitudes of up to 18,000 m.

Two perspectives on Doklam standoff
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

One is a veteran journalist who has watched the India-China engagement for six decades, and disagrees strongly with the official Indian narrative. The other was India’s Ambassador to China until 2016, and has been one of New Delhi’s key negotiators with Beijing. The Indian Express put the same set of questions to both.

Kargil war: When an IAF Jaguar had Sharif, Musharraf in its crosshairs
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

In a report titled ‘War no solution to problems, says Nawaz’, the Pakistani newspaper The News, said in its edition of June 25, 1999: “Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his call for dialogue with India for defusing a war-like situation along the Line of Control (LoC).

Simply put: Where things stand on the Dolam plateau
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Indian and Chinese troops are arrayed face-to-face on the Dolam plateau, close to the Indian Army post of Doka La, located between Batang La to the north and Gymochen to the south.

Army ammunition stock faces critical shortfall to sustain 10 days of war fighting: CAG report
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The CAG report has come amid tension between India and China in the Sikkim sector.

No threat from Pakistan DGMO to choke Indian supply lines along LoC’
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Sources said that this was not a threat to cut off supply lines, in which India holds a distinct advantage on the LoC, it was only meant by the two sides to dissuade the other side from further escalation.

Jorhat robbery case echo: Colonel claims victimisation
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

In his complaint filed in March, Colonel S S Shekhawat of 21 Para (SF) refers to the incident of December 21, 2011, in Jorhat, where his unit was located

Explosives in Uttar Pradesh Assembly: PETN – Potent, hard to detect, safe to handle
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

Ammonium Nitrate, which has been used by terrorists in many bombs in India, has an RE factor of 0.42. Only 100 grams of PETN can fully destroy a medium-sized car.

Worried about China stand-off, parliamentary committee on defence to ask govt to use full defence budget
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

According to two MPs present for the meeting, many members of the committee raised the matter of the statement by the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson on June 29, who had threatened India with dire consequences for the stand-off.

What now at Sikkim trijunction?
Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Indian and Chinese troops have stood face-to-face on the Dolam plateau for nearly a month now. Neither side has seemed willing to back off. Where can things go from here? There are six possible scenarios.

Motorable track at the centre of tug-of-war with Beijing
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

India considers Jampheri ridge, which lies in Bhutan, to be of military importance and is insistent on denying China access to it. There is a single Bhutanese Army post at Jampheri ridge called Chela Post. Indian and Bhutanese military patrols link at Jampheri ridge every month.

For short, swift war, Army gets special financial powers
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

The order allows the army to make up for deficiencies in 46 types of ammunition and 10 types of spares for weapon platforms, provided the budgetary support is available.

Sikkim Stand-off: Chinese General had visited India six months ago
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

General Zhao Zongqi, commander of the Chinese Western Theatre Command, who is responsible for the Indian border, was on a three-day visit to India from December 8 to 10 last year, where he had met the then Army chief, General Dalbir Singh.

India China standoff: Status quo at site, no movement of forces
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Sources said that the dispute remains “localised”, with no movement of Chinese troops detected in any other disputed sector on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between the two countries.

India China standoff: Chinese vessels prompt more surveillance in Indian Ocean
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

The Navy has been particularly concerned about deployment of Chinese submarines, which have been docking in Colombo and Karachi.

Israeli help and Indian jugaad in recapture of Tiger Hill
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Exactly to this day 18 years ago, the 18 Grenadiers and 8 Sikh snatched the crucial feature back from Pakistani intruders, decisively turning the course of the Kargil conflict. Paving the way for the heroic victory was the Indian Air Force, the munitions for whose assault were supplied by Israel, and tweaked with Indian engineering ingenuity.

Interview: ‘If restricted to one sector, potential of IAF will not be optimally exploited,’ says Air chief marshal B S Dhanoa
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

A few months into his stint, the fighter pilot, who commanded a frontline squadron in the Kargil War, became the first Air chief to write a letter to all officers of the Indian Air Force, asking them to be ready for operations at short notice.

‘Not enough fighter jets is akin to playing cricket with just 7 players’: Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa flags concern
Mon, Jun 19, 2017

The IAF’s authorised strength of 42 fighter squadrons “is the minimum strength necessary to dominate a two-front conflict”, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said.

China border roads hobbling, 12 years later, 21 of 73 ready
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

The construction of these 73 ICBR roads was sanctioned by the UPA government in 2005, and work was to have been completed by 2012. The proposed date of completion has now been revised to 2020.

Pak denied strikes but India can’t count on similar restraint in future: Joshua T White, Obama administration official
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Excerpts from an interview with Joshua T White who served at the Barack Obama White House as senior adviser & director for South Asian affairs at the National Security Council till January 2017

Why Line of (no) Control is back to ‘No War, No Peace’
Wed, Jun 07, 2017

By being proactive on the LoC, the Army seeks to not only prevent infiltration, but to also claim moral ascendancy over Pakistan

Pakistan raises civilian deaths in DGMO talks
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

The Indian DGMO had initiated a similar request on May 2 after two Indian security personnel were killed on the LoC and their bodies mutilated

India denies Pak claim on killing of soldiers
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

The Indian Army has denied Pakistan Army’s claims that five Indian soldiers were killed and several injured in a ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday.

Army chief, five commanders in Valley for ‘routine meet’
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

It is a routine meeting which had been decided earlier. The agenda of the meeting is not known,” sources in Army headquarters said.

Missing in Nepal: Pakistan asks India for info on retd Army officer
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Zahir had sought a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Pakistan Army for foreign travel, giving the reason for his travel as ‘Umrah’. 

Kashmir: Two killed on LoC, Army suspects they were Pakistan border team
Sat, May 27, 2017

On detecting the fleeing intruders, the soldiers chased them and in the ensuing firefight, both were killed around 100 metres from the Indian post, said sources.

J-K: Army announces punitive fire assaults on Pakistan posts, shows video clip
Wed, May 24, 2017

Pre-emptive action taken to counter terror in Valley: Arun Jaitley