The Rafale deal will bring a sea change in India's defence preparedness, says Claude Arpi. Nine years ago, the United Progressive Alliance government announced its decision to cancel the process for purchasing 197 helicopters for the army from the European consortium Eurocopter. An official defence ministry communiqué gave no reason, merely stating: 'The government has decided to cancel the ongoing request for proposal (RFP) for procurement of 197 helicopters for the Indian Army. A ... Rediff.com, 2 months ago
We mourn the sad passing of Major General K K Tewari (retd) in Auroville on Monday afternoon. Our senior contributor Claude Arpi -- who is married to Abha, one of the general's daughters -- recorded General Tewari's experiences during the 1962 War with China in this memorable piece. Please do read. Our heartfelt condolences to the general's family.Image: Major General Tewari (extreme right) ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
'When you want to cross a street in Bhutan, cars invariably stop to let you go.' 'Coming from India, it is a pleasant surprise.'Claude Arpi, who spent 10 days in the Land of the Dragon, tells us how Bhutan is different from the rest of the world. IMAGE: Chele La prayer flags swaying in the wind. All photographs: Smiti and Claude Arpi Coming back to India can be a rude shock after a sejour in Bhutan. At Delhi international airport's immigration, after scanning my OCI (Overseas Citizenship of ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago Bhutan, where GNH is more important than GDP Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday, November 3, joined senior army officers and other ranks in paying tribute to the country's first Param Vir Chakra recipient, Major Somnath Sharma, on his 69th death anniversary near Srinagar airport. Major Somnath Sharma was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously for his bravery in the Kashmir operations in November 1947. We salute this hero whose courage has inspired hundreds of thousands of Indian soldiers with this 2006 Rediff.com feature by ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
This book is detailed, precise, legally well-researched. The author's general principles can apply to any of China's territorial claims. It's perhaps high time for India to prepare such studies for its border with China from Ladakh to Arunachal, ...New Delhi Pioneer, 1 month ago
The article below represents a preview only and is not meant for reuse or republishing. India, Oct. 23 -- China, Japan, and Senkaku Islands Author : Monika Chansoria Publisher : KW, Rs 980 This book is detailed, precise, legally ...HT Syndication, 1 month ago
"I still believe in India of ages, but I can't grasp why Indians themselves refuses to acknowledge the greatness of their culture....." said by French author, journalist and tibetologist Claude Arpi. Mark Twain goes on to say that " India is a ...CAclubindia, 1 month ago
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