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China not hiding its global ambitions in the Indian Ocean, says France’s navy chief

NEW DELHI: Joint naval patrols in the Indian Ocean by India and France are likely from next year.  The French Navy Chief Admiral Christophe...

NSA’s Visit Blunts Pakistan’s Outreach To Saudi Arabia, UAE On J&K

India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval holds his cards close to his chest.  His meetings and visits are rarely known in advance and outcomes if any, are...

Bonding At 14,000 Feet: India & China At Nathu-La

Nathu-La: Bonhomie over Chinese tea at Nathu-La. The occasion was a meeting hosted by senior officers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) to mark...

Mountain Strike Corps Starts Testing New Concept

New Delhi: India’s 17 Mountain Strike Corps is currently engaged in an exercise to validate the concept of a swift offensive in the high...

Hope To Have Physical Control Over Pak-Occupied Kashmir One Day: India

India on Tuesday rubbed more salt into Pakistan’s wounds, declaring that it hopes one day to have physical control over that part of J&K...

‘Perpetrator Crying Victim’: India Calls Out Pak On J&K At UN Rights Body

In the ongoing thrust and parry between India and Pakistan following the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, New Delhi has again asserted...

Chandrayaan-2 Mission: The Last Mile Remains

Dr Ajey Lele 6 September 2019 New Delhi Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to the Moon, is making remarkable progress. On 7 September 2019, the mission will...

Article 370, Federalism And Reorganisation Of States

The Presidential Order on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories generated considerable debate in the recent past. Legally, the order added...

Why Kashmir Faces Threat From Islamic State Of Khorasan

As one who has been tracking the Taliban from its birth in 1994, I find it very difficult to agree with the rosy analysis...

For Britain, Kashmir Remains The Unfinished Business Of Partition

Social media was abuzz with activity as both Indian and Indian origin netizens, reacted strongly to a tweet made by Jeremy Corbyn. Tweeting on August...

Alarmist: India Snubs Pak Retaliatory Moves To Article 370 Scrapping

When U.S. state department’s pointsperson for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells lands in New Delhi on Monday, Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation...
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We Are With You: NSA Visits Shopian, Reassures People

Pakistan may have been crying hoarse about India withdrawing J&K’s Special status, sayingc the people of the state won’t accept the “unilateral” decision, but...

Sushma Swaraj: Former EAM Was A Feisty Politician Till The End

Her passing may not trigger any nationwide outpouring of emotion, but those whose lives she touched in the course of her long political career...

Article 370 Repeal: Pakistani PM Raises Bogey Of ‘Nuclear War’

Every Indian knows this: no one issue unites Pakistanis more than India, and if the sub-text is Kashmir, so much the better. India's decision...

A Kashmir Policy, At Last!

Kashmir has been a part of me since 1972 but it’s only over the last quarter century that I have tried to delve deeper...
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Union Territory Status Will Bring Development To J&K And Ladakh

Abrogation of Article 370 that gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir had long been on the BJP’s wish list and...

Repeal Of Article 370 Is A Historic Moment For India

Defying the shouts of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, the BJP has ensured that August 5, 2019, will be ‘remembered’ as a new...
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How Modi Govt Used Article 370 To Scrap Article 370

The constitutional provision that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir has finally been scrapped. This, in effect, means the laws made by Parliament...

Modi Government Unveils India’s Security Strategy

In a bold, decisive move over the extended weekend, Prime Minister Modi’s government unveiled India’s uncompromising stance on issues of sovereignty and territory. After...

India’s Legal Claims To Jammu And Kashmir – A History

What is the legal basis for J&K’s status as an integral part of India? The legal basis for J&K’s accession to the Union of...

Understanding The History Of Terrorism In Jammu And Kashmir

How does Pakistan see J&K?   Pakistan sees J&K as a piece of land in its geostrategic rivalry with India, and the people of J&K...

Why J&K Is An Integral Part Of India

The people of Jammu and Kashmir convened a Constituent Assembly in 1951, which once again reaffirmed the accession of the State to India in...

Why Pakistan Has No Right To Turn The Clock Back In J&K

The legal basis for Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to the Union of India is the instrument of accession that was signed by then ruler...

India Keen On 5G Rollout Next Year But Where’s The Spectrum?

Hoopla and hot air at a swank New Delhi hotel on Saturday night. The event was the curtain raiser for the third Indian Mobile...
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Blood, Sweat and Glory: The Story of Kargil 1999

As India was taken by surprise at Pakistan’s intrusion into the Kargil-Dras sector of Jammu and Kashmir twenty years ago, it was the courage...

Wanted: A Robust Institutional Mechanism To Handle India’s Trade Disputes

India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) may not like this: There is a view that India's issues with Donald Trump on trade are not...
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‘Don’t Foresee Another Kargil Type Misadventure, Either By Pakistan Or China’

International borders are unlikely to be breached In the future, India should concentrate on disputed areas with Pakistan and China: one of the lessons...

Why BIMSTEC Could Do Well With More Funds, Regular Engagement

Strange but true, the BIMSTEC Secretariat in Dhaka has to think twice before spending on air tickets for its members. Organising a conference is...
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‘India Called Pakistan’s Nuclear Bluff In Kargil, But Held Back On 26/11 Attacks’

Pakistan's false narrative of using a nuclear overhang to protect from India's response to terrorist attacks is something the world is recognising now. Ex-Joint...
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“Munto Dhalo Attack Was First Of Its Kind Operation in IAF History”

As India commemorates 20 years of the Kargil war in which it successfully drove away Pakistani intruders, the war was quite a learning experience...

Chandrayaan-2: India’s Strategic Leap For The Moon And Beyond

India successfully launched its second lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, after several delays over the last few years, including a technical snag a week before due...
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Chandrayaan-2: India Eyes Pole Position On The Moon

On July 22, India's second mission to the moon, took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. A GSLV Mark...

Jadhav Verdict: India’s Hope Rests On Vienna Convention ‘Violations’ By Pakistan

With the final verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) expected on Wednesday, New Delhi is hopeful its...
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Kulbhushan Jadhav: The Story So Far

On the 17th of July, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its verdict on India’s plea seeking annulment of a Pakistani army...
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German Amby, Indian Flavour

Watch out for a candid conversation with German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner.

Pakistan Agrees To Visa-free Entry Of 5,000 Indian Pilgrims Daily

In a clear message to Islamabad that secessionist activities of pro-Khalistan elements operating in Pakistan will not be tolerated, India on Sunday handed over...

Kartarpur Corridor Work: Concerns About Pakistani Preparedness

As Indian officials head to the Wagah border on Sunday for another round of discussions on the Kartarpur Corridor, some doubts remain about how...
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‘Indigenisation Is The Best Guarantee Of Security’

As the world moves towards 5G, India knows the world leaders in 5G technology are eyeing its market. But security is a big issue...

Allowing Huawei For 5G Trials: India Still Weighing Its Options

There is no decision yet on whether to allow Chinese tech firm Huawei to compete in the 5G trials slated for September this year....

In Army Restructuring, Tweaks In Plans Against China

The Indian Army, battling depleting budget and rising security challenges in the region, has embarked on a restructuring-cum-transformation plan to make the force future...

5G Tech: India Could Go Slow, Wait And Watch

In these days of tariff war, when a Chinese trade delegation lands at your door, one issue definitely on their agenda is Huawei: that...

G20 Leaders Back Paris Climate Deal But U.S. Stays Away

The G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan ended but the final declaration was delayed as the European Union and the U.S. locked horns over climate...
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Bridge Over Troubled Waters: How The Navy Monitors The Persian Gulf Area

The Indian Navy has for the first time deployed MARCOS (Marine Commandoes) on oil tankers and merchant vessels transiting through the Persian Gulf, Strait...

Indian Naval Ships, Commando Escorts in Persian Gulf Area: An Inside Look From Monitoring Hub

In a first of its kind operation, Indian Navy Marine Commandoes (MARCOS) have boarded and escorted 10 Indian merchant ships to safety in the...

Trade Issues Before G20: Why India Needs To Get Its Act Together

The world's movers and shakers, 19 of them (Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Putin & Modi included), have gathered in Osaka, Japan for that annual...
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Lesson From Kargil: ‘Army, Air Force Coordination Could Have been Much Better’

As India commemorates 20 years of the Kargil war in which it successfully drove away Pakistani intruders, the war was quite a learning experience...

‘With Two Nuclear Adversaries, Dire Need For India To Integrate Defence Forces’

“Imagine banking networks, power grids or railways being disrupted”. Lieutenant General Satish Dua, who retired as Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) in November...
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India Pinpoints 14 Terror Camps Across The Border In Dossier To Pak After Pulwama

Geo-locations of  14 terror camps run in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa---- that’s what India had shared with Pakistan in a...

In PM Modi’s Tough Talk On Terror, Snub For Pakistan, Message For China

You got to hand it to Narendra Modi, before a packed SCO summit, he took on both China and Pakistan. He ignored China's warnings...

India Must Help Strengthen The Economic Order In The Indo-Pacific By Joining RCEP, Says Australian Envoy

Asserting that the Quad members are in a “stronger place of trust and understanding,” the Australian high commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu has said...
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India’s Dossier To Pak, Two Days After Pulwama, Shows Satellite Images Of Specific Locations Of Terror Camps

The Indian security establishment is not taking at face value, recent claims by Pakistan about shutting down some of the terrorist training camps in...
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‘Terrorism On The Agenda But Not Merely Through India-Pak Prism’: Kyrgyz Ambassador

The ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to India, Asein Isaev, had been in India barely four months when the invite extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

SCO’s Influence And Potential Has Increased With India’s Entry, Says Kyrgyz Ambassador

When leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) hold a Summit meeting on June 14, the issue of terrorism is expected to dominate the...

India Must Contain Chinese Dominance In 5G By Looking To Create A Global Consensus On Spectrum

India’s ambitious plans for rolling out 5G by next year could stumble over a number of structural issues ranging from spectrum to right of...

Is Brexit And The Rise Of Rightist Parties Contributing To Europe’s Decline?

The European dream, rising from the ashes of World War II, was intended to develop a liberal welfare state, where citizens would enjoy human...

Govt To Reach Out To Neighbours Through Development Aid And Cricketing Diplomacy

A generous mix of cricket, development aid and defence cooperation will be part of India’s diplomatic arsenal in its outreach to the immediate neighbourhood...
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Had Push Come To Shove Post-Balakot, Would Have Decimated Pak Navy: India’s Navy Chief

As the Balakot strike was happening, the Indian Navy was sending Pakistan a strategic message by deploying its forces in forward areas of the...
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Behind BJP’s Diaspora Dividends: Injecting A Dose Of Ownership

One of the success stories of the first term of the Modi government was its outreach to the Indian diaspora and a gala that...
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Modi Govt 2.0: BIMSTEC Push Right From Day 1; Here’s What The Bloc Means

An invite to leaders of all BIMSTEC nations to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in reflects a continuity in the focus area of his government’s Act...
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‘Modi 2.0: Will Take Risks To Assert India’s Security Interests’

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to lead India for a second consecutive term, he is expected to continue with the paradigm shift he...

Modi’s Invite To BIMSTEC Leaders Aims At Isolating Pakistan Further

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to invite leaders of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries for his second oath-taking ceremony...

Foreign Policy Challenges Galore As Narendra Modi Gets Set For Second Term

Will he, won't he? Ahead of Narendra Modi's' swearing-in, all eyes are on which VIP from the region could be on the guest list....
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PM Modi’s First Foreign Trip After Swearing In Most Likely To Be Maldives

June 7-8 are the dates the Maldivian Government is working with for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first state visit. Official confirmations from both sides...
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‘China And Pakistan Will Present Challenges For Modi, Handling Trump Is Another’

Foreign policy and security will form key priorities for Narendra Modi as he begins his second term as India's prime minister. Pakistan will present...
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What It Takes To Hold The World’s Biggest Electoral Exercise

Parliamentary elections to the world's largest democracy are no less than a logistical nightmare but India has demonstrated its capability yet again. This time,...

What India’s New Government Will Need To Focus On In South Asia

India has done much to improve its political outreach in recent times in South Asia and now the new government will have build on...

No ‘Military’ Intent In India’s Moves In Indian Ocean Region

India is not interested in a permanent military presence in the countries of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Rather, India is interested in turnaround...

5G Trials: Lack Of Policy Framework Could Mar India’s Latest Tryst With Tech

India lacks "strategic culture" is a lament frequently voiced by retired military officers. One can amend that to include telecom. As India readies to...

Looking Ahead: Opportunities And Challenges In Foreign Policy For India’s New Government

India is facing a whole host of challenges that it may not have envisaged ten or even five years ago. The slowing down of...

Chinese Clout In Myanmar: India’s Got A Lot of Catching-Up To Do

India and China may be jostling for influence in Myanmar, important to both not just for its geo-strategic location but also its abundant resources,...

India Faces Big Challenges In Its Quest For Arctic Energy

While observers all over the world are dubbing the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China as the ‘New Cold War’ another kind...

Power Games: Challenges And Opportunities For India’s Energy Diplomacy

Being one of the fastest growing economies in the world today, India’s success story has not surprisingly come with an ever increasing demand for...

From Somalia To Gulf Of Guinea: Piracy Comes a Half Circle

Piracy off the waters of Somalia is over a decade old and concerned countries including India have cooperated to bring it under control. But...

Optimistic About Masood Azhar’s UN Terror Listing: UK Envoy

Amid growing indications that China may drop its resistance to the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the...

Re-energising India’s National Security Structures

“National security” is one of the most misunderstood and misused expressions in our national discourse. In the present politically charged atmosphere, debates have been...

Post-Balakot, The Way Forward For India

Next week will mark two months since the Indian Air Force struck a terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot. No major terrorist incident has been...
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‘Yawning Gap Existed In National Security Architecture, Adhocism Needed To Be Bridged’

As the National Security Council completes 20 years, India’s first Deputy National Security Adviser Satish Chandra says the institution has gradually evolved and expanded...
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What India’s Expanded Security Architecture Looks Like

Twenty years ago today, India’s National Security Council Secretariat or NSCS came into existence through a Cabinet Resolution. Two decades since making a modest beginning...
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‘Use Of Military Force From Outside Will Have Devastating Effect in Libya’

As fighting rages on in and around the Tripoli between those backing Libya’s UN-recognised government and forces loyal to warlord Khalifa Haftar who wants...
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‘It Was Baisakhi Yet Cold, Biting Cold in Siachen’—The Rest Is Frozen In Time (Part 2)

It all began on Baisakhi, 35 years ago but the occasion was anything but celebratory—altitudes in excess of 20,000 feet, rarefied air, sub-zero temperatures,...

Sudan: 3 Rulers In 3 Days But Will Protesters Be Satisfied?

The more things change, the more they remain the same. That’s the refrain of continuing protests in Sudan, which have seen the change of...
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‘It Was Baisakhi Yet Cold, Biting Cold in Siachen’—The Rest Is Frozen In Time (Part 1)

It all began on Baisakhi, 35 years ago but the occasion was anything but celebratory—altitudes in excess of 20,000 feet, rarefied air, sub-zero temperatures,...
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How The India-Pak Glacial Fight Over Siachen Began

35 years after India foiled Pakistani designs of an attempted ingress into the Siachen glacier, SNI’s Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale explains how the story unfolded...
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It’s A Coup Within A Coup, Says India’s Ex-Envoy To Sudan On President Bashir’s Removal

Rising prices, inequality brought Sudan’s President Bashir to power and removed him from it, says India’s longest serving Ambassador to that country, Deepak Vohra....

Julian Assange’s Arrest In Ecuadorean Embassy Sparks Debate Over Asylum Status, Refugee Law

The arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by British police in the Ecuadorian embassy in London has sparked off media headlines and debate across...

Post Pulwama: What Are India’s Options Against Pakistan?

The scenario post-Balakot has compelled Pakistan to leash its terrorist stormtroopers and lie low, which could continue for some time. G Parthasarathy, former high...

30 Years After Coming To Power In A Coup, Sudan’s President Removed In Another

Almost 30 years after a June 30, 1989 bloodless coup brought him to power, Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Ahmed Al-Bashir has been removed in...
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On Masood Azhar, “China Won’t Play The Waiting Game For Long”

The narrative built around the expectation that Pakistan will have a change of heart that will translate into a change of behavior in dealing...
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India Looks At The Possibility Of Space As The Fourth Dimension Of Warfare

India shot down one of its satellites's in LEO (Low Earth Orbit) using a modified interceptor of the Ballistic Missile Defence BMD) system on...
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Hotel Mumbai: Depicting The Heroism And Horror Of The Mumbai Attacks

Recently released in the United States, Australian director Anthony Maras’s film Hotel Mumbai is about the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, focusing almost exclusively...
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‘Deterrence Is The Best Defence, India Demonstrated That’

No further anti-satellite tests are required since Indian space scientists took out a satellite in low earth orbit 10 days ago, said G. Satheesh...

Pakistan Navy Forced To Cancel Overseas Deployments

The Indian Navy’s heavy presence in the North Arabian Sea in the immediate aftermath of the Pulwama attack and its subsequent constant vigil has...
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How The India-Pakistan Air Battle Panned Out Post-Balakot

After initially denying that it had used F-16 aircraft in the dogfight with the Indian Air Force on February 27, a day after India...

India-Australia Joint Exercise: Focus On Indo-Pacific

Two months before he takes over as India's Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, currently the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command,...
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AFINDEX-19: ‘India’s Advantages Over China Must Be Leveraged in Africa’

Ex-UN Secretary General's Deputy Special Representative and former UN Force Commander in Sudan Lt Gen (retd) Jasbir Lidder speaks to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh...

India Seeks Answers As Pak Nominates Khalistani Separatists To Kartarpur Panel

Growing security and other concerns in India over the Pakistani approach to the Kartarpur Corridor have delayed the April 2 meeting between the two...

A Rebuttal To ‘Spice Miss’ Theories At Balakot

Some articles by a set of researchers from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) suggesting that the Balakot airstrike was a “precise miss” have...

India’s Anti-Satellite Test: Continuity And Change In Space Policy

By conducting its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, India has joined an elite club of nations—U.S., Russia and China. India is acutely aware of...
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‘No More Anti- Satellite Missile Test Needed, India Needs To Invest In Laser, Jamming, Cyber Technologies’

India's anti-satellite missile test, like the nuclear tests, is a deterrent to enemies. Dr Ajay Lele, Senior Fellow, IDSA talks to SNI Associate Editor...
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‘India Can Now Hit Enemy Spy, Radar, Electronic Intelligence Satellites’

India has joined three other countries---U.S., Russia and China---after its successful Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test that targeted a satellite in low orbit.  Mission Shakti...