October 17, 2021
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Hunting bows
JULY 2012: India will very soon announce another major defence deal for the US companies which is pending for quite sometime. The helicopter deal is going to be a major bone of contention if the deal goes to US as Russia has already
Building capacity
JUNE 2012: What began as a Chinese desire to secure its frontiers with enabling infrastructure all along its periphery, more particularly vis-à-vis India with which, in Chinese eyes, the Tibetan imbroglio has an organic link, has become
Road ahead
MAY 2012: In an extraordinary step in the recent past, the Parliament Standing Committee on Defence decided to call the three service chiefs to give an account of the state of preparedness of the forces against the backdrop of Army Chief General V K Singh speaking about the shortages and deficiencies.
Brand collapse
APRIL 2012: It is AK versus VK. While one has earned his ranks, the other is a time passer working for political masters at the cost of nation. Well after retirement VK will still be called as a General, but AK will have to look for a Rajya Sabha ticket from his boss to secure his personal berth and interests. Yet, Defence Minister
Survival of fittest
MARCH 2012: Comparison of the respective weapon systems in the arsenals makes little sense in the India-Pakistan context. Pakistan has always had technologically superior weapons because of its access to western arms bazaars particularly
False hope
FEBRUARY 2012: There is a brewing discontentment over the attitude of Finance Ministry towards defence matters mainly purchase related issues. Now, the Finance Secretary has stopped Indian Army’s modernization plan without much justification. Yet, Defence Minister A K Antony who should have taken it up at highest level to
Tightening noose
JANUARY 2012: The induction of Chinese troops disguised as laborers into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the expansion of infrastructure like the widening of the Karakoram Highway and provision of railway and pipelines connecting Gwadar port on the Balochistan coast to Xinjiang Province of China are signs of a tightening of the noose around India’s neck.