Sushant Singh

Articles By Sushant Singh

Explained: Why India celebrates Independence Day on 15 August

India Independence Day, 15 August, 1947: “The date I chose came out of the blue. I hadn’t worked it out exactly then — I thought it had to be about August or September and I then went out to the 15th August. Why? Because it was the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender," Lord Mountbatten had said then.

1947-2019: A Bollywood playlist

Ankur Bhardwaj, Seema Chishti and Sushant Singh, authors of Note by Note: The India Story: 1947-2017, pick a song for each decade of free India.

Five attempts by Pakistan’s BAT on border posts, India hits back with Bofors

Top military sources told The Sunday Express that there were five BAT attempts on Indian military posts on the LoC in the past few days.

In first 6 months, 82% militants killed in J&K were Valley recruits

Recruitment of locals into militancy did not witness a decline in 2019, as 76 locals picked up guns in the first half of the year, with 39 of them joining Hizbul Mujahideen and 21 Jaish-e-Mohammad.

On Kargil Day, IAF Chief BS Dhanoa recalls: War would have prolonged… we broke the enemy’s will

BS Dhanoa said, "The IAF played a decisive role in the Kargil War. The war would have been prolonged with greater losses on the Indian side had it not been for the swift action of day and night bombing by the IAF aircraft."

Cricketers in arms

Cricket might be ‘war minus shooting’, but in reality few Indian cricketers have seen combat.

Behind Army’s WhatsApp order: Secret map, other faux pas

The order said, “no Indian Army personnel shall be part of any large group(s) on internet based messenger/chat/email services."

Army yet to decide on MS Dhoni’s request to train with TA

The former India skipper has communicated his unavailability for two months to the selectors as he intends to serve the Territorial Army.

20 years after Kargil War: How India readied nuclear weapons in IAF’s Mirage

With no experience to fall back upon, it was in the heat of the conflict that India conjured up a ‘primitive’ air delivery system for nuclear weapons on Mirage-2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Blacklist fear forces Pakistan to shut 20 terror camps in PoK

Top intelligence sources told The Indian Express that their inputs suggest shutting down of 20 terror camps from where Pakistan was sending militants across to Kashmir.

20 years after Kargil: Newsroom to Govt, reporter to father, how Kargil tipoff travelled

Manvendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh, and a Territorial Army officer who used to cover defence for The Indian Express in 1999, got to know about the intrusions in the sector through a senior Army officer.

Staggered patrols, meetings, new drills lower Sino-Indian border tensions

The new rules of engagement between the two sides, following the “strategic guidance” provided to the two militaries by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Wuhan summit, have meant that face-offs between soldiers on both sides of the disputed boundary have reduced significantly.

Big guns fall silent on LoC, dip in intensity of ceasefire violations

Government officials suggest that it is due to “induced behavioural change” in the Pakistan Army, following the Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force.

Air Marshal R Nambiar: ‘We were very innovative in Kargil War, we fought with what we had’

Air Marshal R Nambiar flew the Mirage 2000, dropped five of the eight Laser Guided Bombs (LGB) during the Kargil War and was awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry).

Union Budget 2019: No change in defence share, imports exempt from customs duty

Thus, the total defence allocation of Rs 4,31,010.79 crore accounts for 15.47 per cent of the total central government expenditure for the financial year 2019-20.

Why disability pension tax upsets veterans

The notification created an uproar among veterans who called it against the interests of the armed forces personnel.

India and Myanmar forces coordinate to destroy NE insurgent camps across border

Called ‘Operation Sunshine-2’, the military action that took place between May 16 and June 8, is expected to give a debilitating jolt to insurgencies in the Northeastern states.

India, US work towards signing 2 more defence pacts

Pentagon had already submitted a draft ISA to the Defence Ministry and sources said that a positive response is expected from India.

Black or grey: What next for Pakistan at FATF?

Pakistan has been under the FATF’s scanner since last June, when it was put on the greylist for terror financing and money laundering risks, after an assessment of its financial system and law enforcement mechanisms.

Wreckage of missing IAF An-32 aircraft spotted, teams flying to crash site today

IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said mountaineering teams of the IAF, Army and civil administration were being formed and would be flown to the site in helicopters Wednesday “to look for survivors and other things”.