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Manvendra Singh Blog - DSA's Editor-in-Chief

Founding Editor's Updates on Land Power in India today

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1st battalion, The Assam Regiment, recently lost half a dozen of its brave soldiers in Sub-sector Hanif, in the Siachen Glacier area. They were unlucky to have been caught in an avalanche during a post link-up. The tragedy made news on the day it happened and was forgotten the following morning. The story was passed over for more tempting fare, including Vijay Diwas, national anniversary of the 1971 war.

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Founding Editor's view on Naval Power in India today

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Once man mastered the oceans the dynamics of economic growth changed dramatically. Trade, which is the essential of economic growth, came out of its land based stranglehold and was transformed. Volumes increased greatly, as did the countries and distances covered. The monopoly of the 'Silk Route' was shattered by sailing dhows that crossed unimaginable expanses of oceans. Man globalised as rapidly as the sails that connected ports and people. But the trader and ship captain needed a surety to their security just as they needed it for their commodities and that is where sea power emerged. And it decided the fortunes of empires, just as it reworked the dynamics of power.

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Police and Security Forces Modernisation

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The nation has just marked 50 years of the beginning of the 1962 Indo-China War. It is a war that scarred many in the country, leaving an indellible mark on the psyche of many an individual and many an institution. The day after the 50th anniversary event India marked its Police Day, an annual commemoration for those in Khaki who have sacrificed their lives for the country. Police forces of the various states conducted moving ceremonies in their respective capitals and the central police organisations were not to be left behind in their remembrance efforts. In all the din and ceremony of the event what gets overlooked is the origins of the Police Day.

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Aerospace power in South Asia - An Overview

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Air warriors are firm in their belief that wars can be won through the effective use of airpower. Their confidence is laudable, for even if that claim, belief, is exaggerated by certain degrees, there is a case for believing in the efficacy of airpower. It does tend to produce results disproportionate to its usage. There is, therefore, every reason to believe in its effectiveness during war. Amongst the key examples of the application of airpower in the Indian context is destruction of Pakistan Army’s logistics base at Muntho Dhalo during the campaign to remove intrusions in the Kargil sector. While air attacks had been launched prior to that, on pickets of troops occupying the heights, it was the destruction at Muntho Dhalo that had the desired effect on Pakistan’s ability to wage the war. It was as decisive an example as ever existed.

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Founding Editor view on India-China Balance Today

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Anniversaries are always something to savour, reminisce, enjoy and to learn from. And more so when it relates to military anniversaries. For these are occasions for the young to gain inspiration and the nation to acknowledge the sacrifices of its braves. Veterans get to be recognised on these days, these ceremonies. Even if they’re forgotten for the rest of the year. Memorials are decorated and the citizenry of India feel as one with those who aren’t with them anymore. These are essential blocks of the nation building process, one of pride and association. Alas, none of this can be said for the memories of the 1962 War.

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