The defence ministry remains uncertain about spending billions of dollars on a carrier, reports Ajai Shukla. As Beijing decisively implements its vision of aircraft carrier-based naval power, New Delhi seems uncertain about the form and structure of its naval combat aviation. Last month, China’s defence ministry announced the impending launch of Shandong, its first indigenous aircraft carrier. On Friday, a Beijing-based naval expert revealed that the People’s Liberation Army ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad launched to fight terrorism across country, reports Ajai Shukla. Even those sceptical of Pakistan's insistence that it is cracking down on jihadists of every hue are now admitting that something has clearly changed from the days when only token action would be taken against 'India-focussed' groups. On Wednesday evening, the Pakistan army announced it had launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad across the country. This includes counter-terrorism operations, aimed at ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The defence allocations, presented as part of the Union Budget on February 1, highlighted the drawbacks that plague our defence planning. Once again, the military emerges as an over-manned, poorly equipped, early twentieth century force; with a bloated salary ...Business Standard, 2 months ago
This is the first time the Pakistan army has publicly backed the arrest of India-focused jihadis, says Ajai Shukla. A day after Pakistan's government arrested Muhammad Saeed, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba, along with four associates and issued orders against the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its humanitarian aid front, the Falah-e-Insaniyet Foundation, the Pakistani street is abuzz with speculation about what motivated this crackdown. Pakistani government sources discreetly suggest that Saeed ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
In the long-running rivalry between the 'Delhi Karmapa' and the 'Chinese Karmapa', the latter seems to have won. Ajai Shukla reports. India's play in Tibetan religious politics has always been a high stakes game. India’s grant of refuge to the 14th Dalai Lama in 1959 led to the 1962 war with China; and tensions between New Delhi and Beijing continue over the iconic Tibetan leader’s ‘splittist’ (separatist) activities, allegedly masterminded from India. With the ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
As the United States and China joust for supremacy, India might remain on the sidelines with its limited resources, says Ajai Shukla. After being sworn in as Americ'’s 45th president on January 20, Donald J Trump has trodden the promised tough line towards China, vowing to "build a military might so great... that none will dare to challenge it". US conservatives are already drawing triumphal parallels with Ronald Reagan's defence spending spree in the 1980s that induced the former Soviet ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Israel has signed a nearly $2 billion (Rs 13,000 crore) deal with India to supply advanced missile defence systems, bolstering bilateral military ties, under a contract said to be the largest in Israel's defence industries’ history. In a mega-contract worth over $1.6 billion, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will provide advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile systems (MR-SAM) to the Indian Army. IAI said it would also supply additional long-range air and missile ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Serious question marks remain over how effectively, or whether at all, India can actually execute a disarming CF strike that takes out most of Pakistan’s nukes, says Ajai Shukla. Former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon has shed new light on an especially worrying aspect of India’s nuclear doctrine -- New Delhi’s barely credible promise of automatic, ‘massive’ nuclear retaliation against any adversary that targets India, or Indian forces anywhere, ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Beijing is clearly rattled by the Dalai Lama's visit. Unlike the 2009 visit, which was a four-day religious tour, the current visit is a high-decibel, 10-day affair, without the fig leaf of a "religious event", reports Ajai Shukla. The first time the Dalai Lama came to the Tawang tract of Arunachal Pradesh in 1959, he was fleeing Mao Tse-tung's Red Army after Lhasa and its surroundings had exploded in revolution against communist oppression. New Delhi's role in the Dalai Lama's perilous flight ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is looking to solve a problem that thwarted predecessor Manohar Parrikar throughout his 28 months in office. On Monday, the defence ministry's apex procurement body, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Jaitley, will try to arrive at an acceptable way of nominating "strategic partners' (SPs) -- private companies, nominated by the defence ministry as chosen production agencies for defence equipment. Private ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
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