No clarity on BJP’s CM face for Delhi elections

NEW DELHI: The party is yet to...

India-Russia: The balance of power

Even as India tries to move away...

Maj Gen Jagatbir Singh, VSM (RETD)

Yodha brings India’s rich military history alive

NEW DELHI: The first volume of this illustrated military history starts from the epics (BCE) and goes up to 1857. INTRODUCTION Shiv Kunal Verma can clearly be...

Project Udbhav: Integration of India’s ancient strategic acumen into contemporary military domain

NEW DELHI: Project Udbhav which means evolution is a significant collaboration between the Indian Army and the United Service Institution of India (USI), India’s...

Defence Minister reaffirms India’s stance against terrorism

INTRODUCTION On 4 April the Guardian newspaper of the UK had come out with a report with the headline “Indian government ordered killings in Pakistan,...

Gwadar attack exposes fault lines in Pak

Even though Gwadar is under a security blanket, to protect Chinese nationals, the militants are able to strike at will. The attack on Gwadar’s Port...

A look into the past, present and future of three wars

‘Ukraine, Gaza, Taiwan: A World at War’ by Ajay Singh provides a compelling account of the major conflicts facing the world. After his book,...

Sacking of Gen Zaluzhny in Ukraine brings to fore a friction

On 08 February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he was removing General Valerii Zaluzhny from command of the military, and promoting General Oleksandr...

Indian heroes: Ten forgotten tales from the battlefields

The expanse of Probal Dasgupta’s ‘Camouflaged’ is vast as the stories span over a century, from World War I to the 26/11 terrorist strike...

Israel-Hamas war: The need to look beyond violence

The broad policy/strategic objectives of operations in Gaza could be a stable Gaza, with a broad-based government that renounces the use of terrorism to...

Neither Russia nor Ukraine will achieve one-sided victory

Delaying a resolution is only multiplying the costs of war in terms of human and economic terms. NEW DELHI On 7 October 2023, President Putin was...

The world is witnessing a rapid increase in war casualties

The wars in Ethiopia and Ukraine resulted in at least 180,000 battle-related deaths in 2022. INTRODUCTIONAccording to a report from Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP)...

Monumental failure: Attack on Israel a result of internal instability

New Delhi A week is not supposed to be a long time in international relations. At the end of September, the US National Security Advisor...

Azerbaijan achieves a brutal outcome as the world looks the other way

While the focus of the West continues to remain on Ukraine, there is a bigger long-term failure here, in their inability to prevent the...

Pak PM at UNGA: The anti-India rhetoric continues unabated

New Delhi Historically, the Indus frontier has shaped India’s history from early times. The Aryans, Persians, Alexander the Great, Mohammed Ghazni, the Mongols and the...

ARMOUR ’71: A Deep Dive into strategies that helped India win the 1971 War

An extremely detailed book backed by painstaking and meticulous research, Armour ’71 will undoubtedly assist future military leaders in training for the next conflict. Over...

Pakistan grapples with unmet expectations from Taliban

Pakistan has witnessed 18 suicide bombings this year, surpassing 15 in 2022 as militant outfits exploit the country’s vulnerabilities. On Sunday, 30 July, a suicide...

The ISI drug cartel: A deep dive into Pak’s deep state

What the book clearly brings out is illegal trades in narcotics cannot survive without end-to-end patronage of both the security agencies and the administration. The...

Former Service chiefs’ Taiwan visit is of significance

It is crucial for India to engage with Taiwan while avoiding unnecessary provocations that could escalate tensions with China. New Delhi THE TAIWAN VISITThree former Service...

Op Pawan: A rare insight into an operation not acknowledged

A veteran of Operation Pawan Col R.S. Sidhu has written an outstanding book on ‘The Mechanised Forces in Operation Pawan’. New Delhi The 1980s were...

The defence dimension of India’s French connection

France has supplied India with military aircraft since the 1950s. It has consistently proven to be a dependable supplier and partner. BACKGROUND A few weeks...

Wagner rebellion: Unveiling the internal and external consequences

The continued presence of Wagner forces in Belarus, despite the uprising’s resolution, remains a concern for regional stability. New Delhi HISTORICAL PRELUDEOn the 24th of June,...

Defence cooperation is a significant dimension of India-US strategic partnership

The US is working to deepen ties with India and sees stronger military-to-military andtechnology ties as a key counterweight to China’s dominance in the...

Defence cooperation is a significant dimension of India-US strategic partnership

US Secretary of Defence, General Lloyd Austin visited India on 4-5 June in what was his second visit, with the aim of reinforcing India-US...

Many layers of institutional discord in Pakistan

At a time when the focus should be on economic reforms and development, Pakistan is literally at the crossroads. It’s a free-for-all and a...

Ukraine war exposes differing perspectives

Many countries in the Global South find it difficult to accept Western claims of a ‘rules-based order’ when the US and its allies frequently...

There’s a need to utilise ex-servicemen in rural development

The optimum utilisation of this motivated, disciplined and skilled workforce towards nation building is the focus of the author, Lt Gen S.K. Gadeock. Lieutenant General...

Ukraine at the centre of Russian history

From Stalin’s death in 1953 to the disintegration of the USSR in 1991, the Soviet Union was led by Ukrainians for 31 of those...

Lion of Ladakh: The inspirational story of Col Chhewang Rinchen

Pakistani author Mohd Yusuf Ahidi wrote, ‘But for Commander Rinchen foiling our attacks we would have been masters of Ladakh’.   Written jointly by Dr Phungsog...

Book offers valuable insights into Russia-Ukraine war

From a military perspective, it brings out the initial operational mistakes of the Russians—having widely dispersed thrust lines which were not complementary and lacked...

Country’s contemporary history told through one man’s story

What doesn’t the book dwell upon? We are acquainted with tribals and politicians, with prime ministers, generals, air marshals and admirals and of course...

The country that is not India: Pak’s fundamental problem

Sharat Sabharwal quotes former Minister Aitzaz Husssain to state that Pakistanis ‘have been told that their very identity was their un-Indianness: banish this thought...

The Absent Dialogue examines India’s uneasy civil-military relations

The three broad characteristics of the absent dialogue are ‘lack of civilian expertise, institutional design with strong bureaucratic control and high degree of military...

The challenge is in implementation of Agnipath

What about the balance who cannot further their prospects and once their money is spent, remain jobless? Agnipath or Tour of Duty was announced on...

The challenge is in implementation of Agnipath

What about the balance who cannot further their prospects and once their money is spent, remain jobless? Agnipath or Tour of Duty was announced on...

The challenge is in implementation of Agnipath

What about the balance who cannot further their prospects and once their money is spent, remain jobless? Agnipath or Tour of Duty was announced on...

West Asia at War is a monumental work of rare scholarship

The chapter on India-West Asia ties is an excellent exposition of the changing contours of the relationship.   Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed, in a book of rare...

A rare insight into China’s negotiations with India

Retired Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s book, The Long Game; How the Chinese Negotiate with India, identifies the strengths and vulnerabilities in a manner that’s...

Hamir Singh: A heroic tale of trials and tribulations

The book, ‘POW 1971: A Soldier’s Account of the Heroic Battle of Daruchhian’, by Major General Vijay Singh is written in four parts, namely...

DARK SECRETS: OPENING A NEW DOORWAY

What the dark secret reveals is the fallout of the tracking of the Soviet nuclear quest by Britain in one of the most strategic...

Undefined boundary at the core of India-China troubled ties

Maroof Raza asks two key questions: who does Aksai Chin belong to? And will China accept the McMahon Line as the international border between...

The most definitive account of 1965 war

The sheer scope of the book, 1965: A Western Sunrise is remarkable. It seamlessly moves from the Rann of Kutch, where the first salvos...

A colonel makes writing his passion after retiring from army

The stories are powerful and yet the manner in which the message has been conveyed is subtle. Colonel Ajay Singh is a man of multiple...

RAINBOW’S END: a great insight

The title of the book signifies the significant change in the evolution of Welham Boys’ School, which today is ranked among the best in...

THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON: MISSING IN ACTION

The emotive issue of those missing and in indefinite detention in Pakistan’s captivity has been tellingly documented by Chandra Suta Dogra as she uncovers...

Life of a top editor with access to movers and shakers

Lionel Barber talks about President Xi’s visit to the UK in 2015, when he demanded treatment worthy of an Emperor: ‘demanding atonement for sins...

A racy, Ludlum-like thriller from a serving Indian general

The fate of the world rests on the success of a quest undertaken by a team of a Japanese policewoman, an Indian ethnologist and...

A remarkable close-up of a fractured Pakistan

Pakistan is like a net, a collection of holes, held together by a string; the string of self interest.   Declan Walsh is a highly acclaimed...

Book captures richness, pulse of the Northeast

The book has taken four years to write and involved over a hundred visits to the area.   Life and Culture in Northeast India; By Dipti Bhalla...

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