The writer is Director, Society for Policy Studies, New Delhi.
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.
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?
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.
The Bangladesh-India-China triangle is often obscured by the high visibility accorded to Pakistan in the uneasy relationship between the two Asian giants.
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.
Critical lessons not learnt from the conflict make the country more vulnerable.
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.
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.
Major General Afsir Karim was prescient about a Pulwama-like attack
Military remembers George Fernandes as an effective and empathetic leader.
Breach of Andaman island’s security protocols was a reality check on 26/11.
Vice Admiral Manohar Prahlad Awati embodied the spirit of adventure and the tradition of sea-faring.
Admiral Nadkarni was an able, down-to-earth chief and a professional to the core
How truth has been obscured in the narratives on chemical weapons in Syria.
A judicious mix of essays that seek to contextualise India’s naval strategy against the backdrop of Asia’s regional security environment.
Goa was a predictable photo-op, the real deal was the trade and aid partnerships.
Pak wages its proxy war with impunity. India should avoid falling into the trap of impulsive indignation
S.R. Nathan was one of the architects of India’s relations with the ASEAN
Arundhati Ghose will be remembered for her role in India’s nuclear diplomacy.
The defence sector needs much more than increased foreign direct investment
It was very different from the version that prevails on his 85th death anniversary.
Admiral Ram Tahiliani was a role model for the fraternity of sailors.
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.
Women pallbearers of her coffin have signalled a new moment in Kabul.
National security management needs a comprehensive review.