Category Archives: Asia

Unless Modi makes a determined effort to change course, the pall of gloom will get thicker & thicker

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If the economy was booming and millions of young Indians were able to get new jobs and take the first steps towards a better life, then the year gone by may have been remembered differently By Tavleen Singh Independence Day

I-day speech – why was Modi silent about China?

I-day speech - why was Modi silent about China

‘He spoke about 20 jawans in Ladakh, but he couldn’t even name China’ ‘He said the world had seen what had been achieved, even though we Indians don’t know because Modi has himself said that nothing had happened and nobody

RAW had recruited three warlords in Afghanistan, says book

RAW had recruited three warlords

By DHNS & Shemin Joy The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) had recruited three powerful warlords, including Ahmad Shah Massoud, in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and the US-Pakistan proxy war there, a new book on India’s external spy agency

Indo-China stand-off 

Chinese soldiers guard Nathu La mountain pass, between Tibet and northeastern Indian state of Sikkim

By Lt Gen (R) Tariq Khan India and China are once again engaged in a military confrontation. To some it may seem a spontaneous event triggered by some sudden happening. Indians would like the world to believe that it is

The day nothing happened

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India has victories, brave deeds and valorous soldiers who deserve celebration By Ajai Shukla A popular tale – apocryphal but grounded in truth – recounts an air force student at the National Defence College asking the librarian where he could

Was a defining moment in Indo-Sino Relations?

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By Andrew Korybko Most observers at the time regarded India’s de-facto annexation of Jammu & Kashmir on 5 August 2019 as being a defining moment for either India’s internal affairs or Indian-Pakistani relations, but in reality, it was a defining

Self-reliance in defence

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By Ajai Shukla The defence ministry released, in successive weeks, the drafts of a new Defence Acquisition Policy (DAP-2020) and a new Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy (DPEPP-2020). The two are together intended to promote the design, development and

With eye on China, India looks to increase barriers on imports from Asia

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By Aftab Ahmed New Delhi is considering measures to prevent trade partners mainly in Southeast Asia from re-routing Chinese goods to India with little added value, two government sources said, amid strained ties with Beijing and a push for self-reliance.

Ladakh standoff DRDO offers two options to develop an Indian light tank

Both options are based on the hull of the K-9 Vajra self-propelled gun (above) that L&T is building under Korean licence By Ajai Shukla The ministry of defence (MoD) last month fast-tracked the emergency purchase of light tanks to counter

SCO regional instrument for peace and Stability

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By Nusrat Mirza After conducting a poll in December 2010 and February 2011 by the BBC World Service in 24 countries around the world concluded that 40% of the 24,000 people support NATO negotiations with the Taliban. Moreover, 16% of