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Thursday, April 15, 2021

C. Uday Bhaskar

The writer is Director, Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi.

Bastar tragedy reveals strategic failures in India’s internal security management
Thu, Apr 08, 2021

A detailed investigation will no doubt shed more light on the reasons behind this debacle and both the Chhattisgarh government and the Home Ministry in Delhi will have to go back to the drawing board to objectively take stock of Tekulguda.

Covid-19, financial considerations call for reconsideration of R-Day spectacle
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

The day is special for both the country and its citizens, as are all national days the world over. But should the world’s largest democracy continue to 'celebrate' its sovereignty and commitment to the letter and spirit of the Constitution by this marked emphasis on its military capability?

The shadow of terror: 2019 Easter Sunday bombings showed how IS regroups by co-opting local affiliates
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Islamic terror groups in the Af-Pak region are deemed to be as credible as the support that they receive from the deep-state in Pakistan. It is pertinent that the main accused in the Kabul gurdwara attack is Aslam Faroqi, a Pakistan national based.

Delhi will have to accept China’s role in Bangladesh while shaping its ties with Dhaka
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

The Bangladesh-India-China triangle is often obscured by the high visibility accorded to Pakistan in the uneasy relationship between the two Asian giants.

Eighteen years on, 9/11 marks the lack of closure to the war in Afghanistan
Wed, Sep 11, 2019

A degree of policy fecklessness and political inconsistency characterises the last 18 years of the US-led global war on terror (GWOT), though the acronym is no longer in vogue.

Does India Remember Kargil?
Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Critical lessons not learnt from the conflict make the country more vulnerable.

INS Viraat controversy threatens to disturb equipoise in civil-military relations
Tue, May 14, 2019

Post 1962 and the China debacle, Indian military personnel were encouraged to keep religion and politics out of their discourse and focus on professional matters while remaining aware of their domestic environment but yet steadfastly apolitical. The equipoise should not be damaged.

A figure like Senator Richard Lugar is needed to face current challenges
Thu, May 02, 2019

The preliminary deliberations at New York indicate that the NPT cannot deal with the current global nuclear challenge and some radical initiatives in the Richard Lugar mode are urgently called for. Alas, the US and global bench strength of perspicacious and committed nuclear policymakers is very modest.

Watcher of the Valley
Tue, Feb 19, 2019

Major General Afsir Karim was prescient about a Pulwama-like attack

The soldier’s minister
Fri, Feb 01, 2019

Military remembers George Fernandes as an effective and empathetic leader.

Questions From Sentinel
Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Breach of Andaman island’s security protocols was a reality check on 26/11.

Farewell Captain
Tue, Nov 06, 2018

Vice Admiral Manohar Prahlad Awati embodied the spirit of adventure and the tradition of sea-faring.

The Podgy Admiral
Mon, Jul 09, 2018

Admiral Nadkarni was an able, down-to-earth chief and a professional to the core

A Post-Fact Conflict
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

How truth has been obscured in the narratives on chemical weapons in Syria.

On Such a Full Sea
Sat, Nov 12, 2016

A judicious mix of essays that seek to contextualise India’s naval strategy against the backdrop of Asia’s regional security environment.

Bilateral Buoyancy
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Goa was a predictable photo-op, the real deal was the trade and aid partnerships.

Uri attack: Pressure on Modi govt to act decisively ‘now’ is visible, but must be well thought through
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

Pak wages its proxy war with impunity. India should avoid falling into the trap of impulsive indignation

The unassuming statesman
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

S.R. Nathan was one of the architects of India’s relations with the ASEAN

Arundhati Ghose (1940 – 2016): India’s CTBT Durga
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Arundhati Ghose will be remembered for her role in India’s nuclear diplomacy.

The FDI illusion
Wed, Jul 06, 2016

The defence sector needs much more than increased foreign direct investment

Bhagat Singh’s Nationalism
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

It was very different from the version that prevails on his 85th death anniversary.

The greyest of the Grey Eagles
Mon, Oct 19, 2015

Admiral Ram Tahiliani was a role model for the fraternity of sailors.

Express Blogs
Rathore ‘covert’ remarks: India needs to focus more on strategic communication
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

Strat com is now a universally recognized and respected tool in the national quiver and the rapid advances in cyber and media technology has only made this skill-set that much more relevant.

The Farkhunda shame
Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Women pallbearers of her coffin have signalled a new moment in Kabul.

Missing a defence minister
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

National security management needs a comprehensive review.