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Rafale purchase points to India's failed defence indigenisation plans
The chance of an all-out two-front war with nuclear-armed Pakistan and China are near zero; local skirmishes are always possible. The difference between planning for all-out war and a limited one is hundreds of thousands of crores of the taxpayer's precious money .
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
Chinese N-subs in the Indian Ocean and Indian naval concerns
P K Ghosh
14 April 2015
The deployment of a Chinese nuclear submarine - presumably a Type 093 Shang-class - as part of the anti-piracy patrol of two ships and a supply vessel operating off the Gulf of Aden has set alarm bells ringing loudly in the Indian Navy. The implications of such a strategically significant move are simply enormous.
 
Naval Aviation: In need of perspective
Pushan Das
07 April 2015
In the light of the economic climate and the government's spending capabilities, the Indian Navy needs to comprehensively review the performance of the systems it wants to acquire and its potential trade-offs, rather than accessing each technical requirement or performance need in isolation.
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Space Security
 
Revolt of the free-riding Netizens
Sanjeev Ahluwalia
21 April 2015
The mantra of Net Neutrality would require the user to pay for new capacity since telcos then become mere managers of "dumb pipes" conveying data as it comes and recovering costs from users. No one, least of all Netizens, can stomach an increase in Net usage charges.
 
A time to lead
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra
16 April 2015
India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates, but for that it will need to be flexible, propositional and present everywhere that internet governance is debated. Its strong and diverse contingent at The Hague is a good beginning.
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Indian Defence
 
The upgrading of India's forces is still a long way off
Manoj Joshi
27 April 2015
Speaking recently in New Delhi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Government was committed to modernise the armed forces, but "that there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimise all available resources".
 
Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
Pushan Das
15 April 2015
Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine and systems commonality reducing costs in the form of maintenance, acquisition of spares and the training of pilots and maintenance crews.
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Procurement & Self Reliance
 
Why India’s defence procurement is problematic?
Deba R Mohanty
10 April 2012
A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.
 
From MIC to NSIC
Deba Ranjan Mohanty
11 October 2011
Nomenclature notwithstanding, the evolution of an Indian National Security Industrial Complex (NSIC) must be watched with interest and caution.
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Non-Traditional Security
 
Moves to enhance response to CBR attacks
Astik Sinha
27 December 2011
The recent Indian government’s decision to equip 800 police stations in 80 cities with radiation monitors is a clear indication of how serious the threats posed by chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) weapons is being taken.
 
Winning the aerospace tech battle
Deba R Mohanty
29 August 2011
India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Lack of clarity spells doom for UMPP projects
12 May 2015
Ashish Gupta

The Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) which were seen as major achievement for the power sector are now losing momentum. Initially, nine UMPPs were to be taken up and later on seven more mega projects were added to the list.

 
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International
PM Modi's foreign policy
15 May 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Modi's strategy to navigate the impossible trinity of US, China and Europe-Russia is clear. Engage with the US,

 
PM Modi in Mongolia
12 May 2015
C. Raja Mohan

Why has Modi chosen to be India's first prime minister to visit Mongolia? Mongolia is indeed a very sensitive neighbour of China,

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National
India-Iran and the Easing of Sanctions
14 May 2015
Kanchi Gupta

India's deepening engagement with the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council as well as Israel could also moderate New Delhi's.

 
Make China India's natural ally for development
13 May 2015
Ranjit Goswami

The key challenge PM Modi would face in China is to completely debunk the hypothesis, which some people suspect,

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China
Beyond the boundary
11 May 2015
C Raja Mohan

Chinese leaders, ever so adept at power politics, do not find it difficult to understand where Modi is coming from.

 
Chinese keep a keen eye on Modi's visit
11 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

In Beijing, the overwhelming question a visitor faces is: What will be the outcome of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?

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Economy
Back to the labyrinth
12 May 2015
Sunjoy Joshi

It is time to pause to remind Prime Minister Modi of his campaign promise "minimum government, maximum governance".

 
The Modi govt's economic story
12 May 2015
Manoj Joshi

Modi himself is on record saying that it would take him 5-7 years to fulfil his agenda. That is a reasonable amount of time.

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