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Defence and Security Appraisal of INDIA

Make In India A Myth Or Reality

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Author: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja (Retd)
In the recent past, the Defence Minister has reversed the decision to procure light utility helicopters (LUH), with the entire lot of 384 machines to be now manufactured indigenously, albeit with foreign collaboration. Similarly, the decision to purchase replacements for the ageing Avro fleet of the IAF has been questioned, as also the follow-on purchase of Pilatus trainer aircraft. Such decisions apart from having their pros and cons have also created an adverse impact on the foreign manufacturers who perceive it as a continuation of being fickle minded.

 

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Welfare Of Defence Personnel New Initiatives By The Modi Government

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Author: Lt Gen Satish Nambiar (Retd)
If the Modi government is serious about the welfare of defence personnel there is much that needs to be pursued with vigour on aspects that require little or no financial investment. The military man is not looking for doles from the political dispensation or the country. He is only looking for the government to do its duty.

 

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The Defence Mood Is Positive – Isn’t It?

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Author: Maj Gen Raj Mehta (Retd)
A year down the Modi government road, are there acche din for the defence forces to celebrate or, is India unable to separate high rhetoric from delivery? Is ‘Make in India’ the right way ahead or so poorly etched out that each player; actual or potential, views the programme’s outreach as per their convenience? The writer takes a dispassionate look.

 

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One Year Of Modi’s Foreign Policy

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Author: Amb Dr Kanwal Sibal
All in all, Modi’s one year at the helm of India’s foreign policy has been very productive. Even as Modi has been making his overall interest in forging stronger ties with China clear, he has not shied away from allusions to Chinese expansionism. In Pakistan’s case, Modi’s sure hand has faltered and we have had flip-flops of policy. India has become more affirmative in its statements about the situation in the Western Pacific and the commonalities of interests between India and the US and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

 

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One Year Of Modi Government National Security: Threats And Challenges

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Author: Jayadeva Ranade
A key test of the Modi Government will be its ability to get thebureaucracy to shed its lethargy and operationalise these joint ventures within the next couple of years. Failure to do so in this time frame will severely hamper job creation, dent the government’s credibility and impact adversely on other strategic initiatives taken by the Prime Minister over the past year. The diplomatic heft that India has suddenly acquired will also quickly evaporate.

 

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Removing Roadblocks Two Summits And An Agreement

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Author: Amb Arundhati Ghose
President Obama’s reference to a reakthrough understanding’ on the implementation of the India-US Agreement on Civil Nuclear Cooperation assumes a particular significance, in the context of the evolution of India-US relations. The decades of mistrust between both establishments may have seen a substantial reduction in the intensity and the groundwork for further efforts to promote cooperation appears to have been laid.

 

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India’s Nuclear Policy Past, Present And Future

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Author: Dr Rajiv Nayan (Retd)
India has been maintaining that there should be an expressive and organic link between non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Non-proliferation could be a step towards achieving nuclear disarmament. Nehru’s idea of a ‘standstill agreement’ made on April 2, 1954 is globally acknowledged as the predecessor of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). However, India was forced to block the passage of the CTBT because of draft treaty’s problems, including the absence of a time-bound nuclear disarmament plan.

 

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Internal Security One Year Of Modi Government

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Author: Ajai Sahni
Bureaucratic inertia appears to be carrying government forward, rather than any positive vision of transformation or even peripheral reform, at least on the internal security spectrum. The clear and powerful vision of India’s security futures that Modi had articulated in his electoral campaigns appears to have evaporated under the more pressing expedients of running a government.

 

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Make In India In Defence Making India Self-reliant

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Author: Gp Captain AK Sachdev (Retd)
Although the Defence Production Policy speaks of a Defence Technology Fund, the allocation of a meagre ` 100 crore for that purpose during the last budget exposes our lack of sincerity towards meaningful Defence R&D.

 

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Neighbourhood Policy Challenges And Road Ahead

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Author: Amb Ashok Sajjanhar & Anuradha Sajjanhar
The visit by PM Modi to China in May, 2015 will provide some clarity on how relations between these two significant powers of Asia are going to evolve over the coming years. Both PM Modi and President Xi Jinping are highly nationalistic but also extremely pragmatic leaders. Both of them realise that it is in neither country’s interest to have adversarial let alone confrontational relations with each other.

 

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India-China Relations Evolving Geostrategic Environment

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Author: Prof Srikanth Kondapalli
All the changes in the Indian foreign and security policies have possibly one country – predominantly China – in mind. Addressing the China issue has become central to the new government ever since it took over in May last year. This is the context for PM Modi’s visits and appeals to various actors in the international system, in addition to the preparations in defending India both in the continental and maritime domains.

 

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Opening Up The Defence Sector Unrestricted FDI The Only Option

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Author: Cdr Sunil Chauhan (Retd)
FDI above 50 per cent, which provides management control to the foreign investor, raises a degree of concern in terms of the impact on the national Defence Industrial Base and broader national security. There are also fears that the Indian MSMEs could lose ground if the global majors are allowed unrestricted entry into the Indian market. The Indian firms will be unable to compete with international corporations that have much deeper pockets and an established research and development base.

 

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Internal Security Under The NDA Regime

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Author: Prakash Singh IPS
The NDA government has unfortunately paid scant attention so far to building up the capabilities of the police and the paramilitary forces. It has not cared to nudge the states, not even those where the BJP is in power, to implement the police reforms. There are serious deficiencies of manpower, equipment and forensic support.

 

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Promises And Performance

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Author: Lt Gen VK Chaturvedi PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)
It is felt that any appraisal of Modi’s government at this juncture is premature. It is felt that a lot has been done and we need to acknowledge it. It’s not a 24/7 news channel where results are expected in minutes and hours. One needs patience and confidence with the government. The aspirations are high and I am sure, give Modi three more years and results will be seen, which will enhance India’s prestige many times. My confidence is based on two major parameters of Neeti (policies) and Neeyat (resolve/intentions) which are most honest and well meaning.

 

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The Year Gone By What More For India’s Defence And Security?

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Author: Brig Rahul Bhonsle (Retd)
The year 2014-15 has been marked as a year of hope and optimism for the defence and security sector in India. The Modi government has created a positive mood by emphasising modernisation and capacity building of the armed forces, reviewing policies for fast-tracking the same and working towards an enabling environment. Defence and security of a country like India which is located in a troubled neighbourhood with multiple internal and external challenges is a bottomless pit. Thus despite the achievements there are many things that will remain on the agenda for the coming year.

 

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G2G Deals The Storm Within

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Author: Cecil Victor
Defence Minister Parrikar has sung praises for the concept of G2G and has promised to channalise more Indian imports from abroad through the Foreign Military Sales route. None of the major imports from the US so far – the C-17 Globemaster, the Super Hercules and the Poseidon maritime surveillance and strike aircraft – have been under the ‘Make in India’ format and are bereft of any technology transfer. To this can be added the Rafale … . The very political party that milked the presence of middlemen and agents in the Bofors deal for all its political worth is preparing to legitimise the presence of these agents in the contract system.

 

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