Central Asia is a region that has recently seen the emergence of a growing rivalry between Russia and China. The latter seems to want to extend its influence on the area both at the institutional level, with initiatives such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and also through economic-infrastructural projects[Read More…]
A recent computer simulation by the author showed that 95 per cent of possible space attacks could be completed within 24 hours, which is before any reactions on the ground can be contemplated, approved, or executed. Thus, one of the conclusions of these outer space warfare studies is that space[Read More…]
The Lebanese Civil War ended in 1990 after 15 years of conflict between various factions and groups over the status quo. Ever since the end of the Civil War, Lebanon has faced a series of events that potentially unhinge its stability. These events have been mainly attributed to the ruling[Read More…]
The future of India-China relations will now largely depend on how both countries redefine their shared goals and find common ground to mitigate the emerging security challenges. India needs to re-evaluate its foreign policies to counter Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific, while China needs to stop readjusting the status quo[Read More…]
As our honorable Minister has indicated, ‘the rebuilding of ties is going to be an arduous and a painstaking task’, if and whenever the process begins…
Year 2020 was indeed a calamitous year for the world. Both the US and India had their share of challenges–some of which are continuing to persist. It will be in the larger interests of the world, the region and for the two of the world’s greatest democracies themselves, if even[Read More…]
Did you know 95% of Indian households invest their hard earned money in physical assets like real estate and gold, primarily because of the following reasons: These are tangible assets which we can feel and be happy about holding We invest with a long term view assuming these are safe[Read More…]
Armament Technology is India’s weakest spot against its main adversary. To match up with China, it has to import latest weapons and hardware. But borrowed sunshine does not make moon sun’s peer. To catch up with China,India has to extensively invest in defence and research, particularly in space and cyber fields. India must also understand the philosophy of “Alternative and Invisible Forms of War” (AIFW). In other words, research and development has to pick up pace in collaboration with armed forces or the user.
Regional conflicts take place when one nation attempts to establish regional hegemony; as China appears to be doing today. Such conflict could well draw the participation of the great powers. Even so, in the prevailing international milieu, it would seem that the great powers are likely to be united in their view of treating regional aggressors as threats to international stability. To that extent, regional aggressors will find few supporters. However, it is possible that some states may be willing to go it alone.
The Standing Committee on Defence (SCoD) routinely laments, and admonishes the MoD officials for inadequacy of the defence budget. But it has not been able to suggest anything better than that the defence budget should be increased to 3 per cent of the GDP which begs the question where the money is going to come from. On its part, the MoD seems to think that the problem can be solved by delegating more financial powers to the Services, tweaking the procurement procedures, and enforcing indigenisation of defence production by banning import of defence items. These are not practical solutions, as these skirt the basic question: Where is the money?