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‘Pulwama Is Not Our Destiny, India Won’t Compromise’

“If Imran Khan is such a statesman he should give us Masood Azhar, it will show how ‘naya’ Pakistan is,” said External Affairs Minister...

Security, Concerns On Terror Dominate As UK Parliament Gets Set To Vote Once Again On Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to remain trapped in a cage. Her second failed attempt to pass through her Brexit deal has meant...
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‘Being Women Allows A Deeper Connect With Survivors Of Gender-Based Violence’

A surge in sexual violence in parts of South Sudan targeting girls as young as eight years old has a February 2019 joint report...
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Pak Doesn’t Want Peace, Building Up Along LoC: Indian Army Vice-Chief

Bruised by the Indian air strike on the Jaish terror camp in Balakot and desperate to salvage some sense of pride, a defensive Pakistan...

Why Chabahar Port Could Be A Watershed In Regional Trade And Transit

On the day India conducted air strikes on the biggest Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) training facility at Balakot in Pakistan, New Delhi’s economic diplomacy was hard...

‘Pak, China Strategic Axis Is Strong But Beijing Has Its Concerns On Terrorism’

Gautam Bambawale has a unique distinction: He was India's high commissioner in Pakistan, Ambassador to Bhutan and China from where he retired last November....

Western Media Still Asserts Pak Bias Despite Islamabad’s Deception, Aggression Post-Balakot

The western media’s coverage of the Balakot air strike and its aftermath has been less than flattering to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  As a...
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‘India Can Contribute An M S Swaminathan To South Sudan’

South Sudan is on the cusp of a fragile peace deal and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has over 14,000 peacekeepers,...
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‘Imran Khan’s Bid To Project Abhinandan’s Release As A ‘Peace Gesture’ Has Failed’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s bid to be seen as a statesman by releasing Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has not passed muster with either...

With Balakot Strike, India Has Set New Normal

It appears India's patience is at an end and the gloves are coming off vis-a-vis Pakistan. In what will mark a paradigm shift in...

Balakot Air Strike: The Likely Fallout For India And Pakistan

India crossed the Rubicon when it carried out its “non-military, pre-emptive” air strike across the Line of Control (LoC), in Pakistani territory, on the...

Hostilities Rise As Pakistan Strikes, India Responds

Pakistan today carried out what its foreign ministry described as "non military" and "non-retaliatory" strikes on Indian positions across the Line of Control in...

Predictable Response By Pak Military After It Was Caught Napping

After a range of self-contradictory and confounding reactions through the day to the Indian air strikes, Pakistan resorted to cross-border shelling, very much along...
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PM to IAF: Strike Hard But Ensure No Military Or Civilian Casualties In Pakistan

The military strike carried out by 12 Mirage aircraft on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot in Pakistan - killing over an estimated 200...
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In Cross-LoC Strike, Indian Jets Raze Biggest Jaish Terror Camp

https://www.youtube.com/embed/rmbusOXoEug   Statement by India's Foreign Secretary on 26 February 2019 on the Strike on JeM training camp at Balakot: On 14 February 2019, a suicide terror...
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‘Blue Helmet Visibility, India In Lead Reassures South Sudanese That World Hasn’t Forgotten Them’

Indian peacekeepers are in areas no other country's battalions have been deployed in South Sudan. INDBATT I (11 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry) has...

Pressure Rises On Pakistan As OIC Invites India As Guest Of Honour

On Saturday, India’s growing profile as an important player in global affairs received a significant boost with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) deciding...
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‘India Does Not Lack Military Capacity To Hit Pakistan, But We Lack Strategy’

Pakistan's decision to ban the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is farcical. The same organisation had been banned twice earlier, in 2008 and again last year. How...
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‘India Could Consider Helping South Sudan Government, Opposition Form National Army’

Indian peacekeepers deployed in South Sudan are in high demand not only because they are neutral in the security they provide but also due...
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India As A Republic On The Mahatma’s 150th Year Anniversary

In South Sudan, India celebrated the Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversarry at the Embassy and at the UN House in Juba, the capital. An...
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Indians Enjoy More Freedom Than Pakistanis, Says US Report

In its recently released annual report, U.S.-based international watchdog Freedom House compared and contrasted the rights and liberties of citizens in various countries across...

India Raises Pulwama Attack, Gets Saudi Arabia To Condemn Terror

Barely two days after completing his high-profile swing through Pakistan, visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his delegation on Wednesday found itself...
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India Leading From The Front In Peacekeeping, Says UN’s South Sudan Mission Chief

All praise for Indian peacekeepers in South Sudan, their professionalism and discipline, the head of the United Nations mission in the strife-torn country says...

World Condemns J&K Terror Attack, Stands By India

White House, USA “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the heinous terrorist attack by a Pakistan-based terrorist group that killed over 40 Indian...
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J&K Terror Attack: What Next For India?

A dastardly terror attack on a convoy of CRPF vehicles headed for Srinagar left around two score men of the paramilitary force dead on...
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‘Govt Has No Option But To React Militarily’

In the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, the government, other than exercising its diplomatic choices, has no option but...

India Should Nudge China To Rein In Jaish

Reverberations of the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday that killed at least 37 personnel of the CRPF will go far...

Won’t Make It Alone, Looking At India To Help Implement Peace Deal: South Sudan President

The two Indian battalions currently in South Sudan as part of the UN peacekeeping mission have been deployed in areas where they are needed...

Brexit: UK Must Brace Itself For A Messy, Chaotic Divorce From EU

The Economist (January 2019) noted that though the English Channel at its narrowest is only 33 km wide, Britain remains strikingly different from the...

Marking The Mahatma’s 150th Birth Anniversary

India has 2547 men and women peacekeepers in South Sudan. The world's largest democracy is helping the world's newest country on a fragile path...

India’s Hard And Soft Powers In South Sudan: An Explainer

“If you’re named ‘Anitabh’ (Bachchan), why are you so short?” 5,389 kilometers from New Delhi in Bor, a teen South Sudanese Dinka girl, Ayan...

Once Ready, ISRO’s SSLV Rockets Will Enhance India’s Strategic Capabilities

Satellites with a mass of 500 kg or less are categorised as Small Satellites. Such satellites have wide-ranging significance for various areas of space...
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Brexit A Delusional Decision, Says India’s Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

He’s a former Indian career diplomat who has served in the United Kingdom and has also been India’s permanent representative to the United Nation...

Exclusive Reports From South Sudan

Why are 2547 Indian men and women peacekeepers in #SouthSudan? Coming soon stories of the world’s largest democracy helping the world’s youngest country on...

We Must Look At Creating Joint Force Structures To Be More Effective, Says Lt Gen Hooda

The Indian Army is currently discussing ways to rightsize the force, cut unproductive and outdated units and become future ready. How will the plan...

Adopting Hi-Tech: Indian Navy’s Fusion Centre Will Better Detect, Deter Threats To India’s Maritime Security

How to prevent small boats from being hijacked and used like in the 26/11 terror attacks? How to deal with beaching or sinking of...

Wang Yi’s Visit: Under Pressure China Seems Ready To Provide Opportunities To India

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s April 21 visit to Delhi is ostensibly about launching a first ever “high-level” people-to-people exchange mechanism between India and...

2018: With 25 Tests, A Leg-Up For India’s Missile Programme

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), its Missiles and Strategic Systems cluster in particular, seems determined to turn a new leaf. Monday’s successful...

Why Christian Michel, Who Tried To Flee UAE Twice, Failed

Christian Michel James, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland helicopter scam, was constantly under watch by UAE and Indian intelligence agents in Dubai for...

India Needs Third Aircraft Carrier, Says Navy Chief

If the Indian Navy is to operate two carrier battle groups, it must have a third aircraft carrier, said Admiral Sunil Lanba, chief of...

‘All Options Open Against Pak Provocation But Must Weigh Cost Of Escalation’

India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat spoke his mind when asked why the government was not more assertive about its claims to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir...

We Are Far Better Off In Tackling Terror A Decade After Mumbai, Says The Man Who Led The Operations in 26/11

Ten years after the horrific attack on Mumbai, many positive changes have taken place in India’s anti-terror grid. Intelligence sharing has improved, shortcomings in...

BIMSTEC Nations Working On Common Database To Counter Terrorism

Grappling with security challenges posed by terrorism and transnational crimes, the seven member countries of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic...

Saudi Arabia’s All-Powerful Crown Prince

“L’etat c’est moi” (I am the state). These grand words uttered by French King Louis XIV go a long way in describing Saudi Arabia’s...

Hit by #MeToo, MJ Akbar Quits As Minister To ‘Challenge False Accusations’

Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar put in his papers on Wednesday after the charges of sexual harassment against him continued...

The ‘Older’ Route To Soft Diplomacy, India-Style

Last month, in a rather unusual gathering at a hotel in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, nearly two score Persons...

With ‘Akbarnama’ Out, Time’s Up For Editor-Turned-Minister

In the end, the past seems to have caught up with his present. In a huge fall from grace for a man acknowledged as...

MJ Akbar Rejects Sex Harassment Allegations, Threatens Legal Action

Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar, who has refused to step down following charges of sexual harassment against him, on Tuesday sued...

How Revamped NSCS Is Helping Shape Coherent National Security Policy

As the revamped National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) gets down to implement its expanded mandate, the contours of the new structure are getting clearer....

Need Effective Code Of Conduct For South China Sea: Vietnamese Envoy

Did you know that India is the only country to offer Vietnam a line of credit to buy military equipment? Or that Vietnam's air...

A Sail-Together Down The Memory Sea Lane

A sail-together of tall ships from Kochi to Muscat—that’s 1200 nautical miles—and back, trying to retrace the ancient maritime trade route between the Malabar...

‘Security Should Be The Responsibility Of Those In The Region, Not Of Outside Powers’

Iran is the current chairperson of IONS. SNI spoke to the Iranian Naval Chief Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi in Kochi on what his country’s...

Monitoring Movements Of Chinese Submarines In Indian Ocean: Indian Navy Chief

The tyranny of geography gives India an advantage over China in the Indian Ocean and the Indian Navy is keeping a close watch over...

Threat From Social Media, Radicalisation Challenges To National Security: Deputy NSA

The threat from social media is lethal and cannot be underestimated, India's Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran has said. Addressing BIMSTEC representatives at...

India Completes Nuclear Triad

In what is considered a significant milestone in India’s attempt to have a nuclear triad, the country’s first nuclear-powered and nuclear missile armed submarine...

Manohar Awati: Sailor, War Hero, Adventurer, Leader, Chronicler

As a first-term cadet in July 1976, Rear Admiral Manohar Prahlad Awati (MPA) was the first flag officer I saw in flesh and blood...

India’s New National Security Architecture Explained

After being in the works for over a couple of years, India now has a new system in place for managing its national security....

India Hits Out At Pakistan For Posing Regional Connectivity Barriers

India has slammed neighbour Pakistan for styming its efforts to connect the subcontinent with countries lying to its west, particularly strife-torn Afghanistan. India has...

Leg-Up For India-Japan Ties As Shinzo Abe Gives Tradition The Go-By

Confucian traditions can seem obscure and backward in today's context with their emphasis on piety and family values but they also send important political...

Renewed Focus On Military Infrastructure in India’s Islands

India’s island territories—the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the east and Lakshadweep and Minicoy in the west—are getting renewed attention not just from the...

Need Strong, Stable Govt In India, Says National Security Adviser

It may be uncommon for a national security adviser to do that but Ajit Doval batted for a strong and stable government on Thursday...

Eye On China, India And Japan May Ink Pact To Access Each Other’s Naval Bases

There is a sense of delicious irony to the fact that Prime minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe later this...

Andamans As Springboard For India’s Act East Policy

Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshadweep and Minicoy in the Arabian Sea have long been regarded as India’s outposts...

How India Can Build On Its Africa Outreach

As part of its efforts to deepen its partnership with Africa where China has been making steady strategic inroads, India needs to do more,...

How The National Security Architecture Is Being Strengthened

Three Deputy National Security Advisers. A Military Adviser. Reconstituted Strategic Policy Group. Additional budget for the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). India’s national security...

Major Revamp Of India’s National Security Architecture

Three Deputy National Security Advisers. A Military Adviser. Reconstituted Strategic Policy Group. A dedicated think tank to monitor and assess China across the spectrum....

Education, Tourism Drivers Of India-Australia Ties, Says Oz Envoy

Ahead of the second India-Australia 2+2 dialogue, the Australian envoy to India says relationship between the two countries has been at the strongest point...

Air Chief Bats For Rafale, Says ‘We Gave Three Options’

The political dogfight over the Rafale fighter ensured it remained the priority for journalists at the annual briefing by Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa,...

India’s Tsunami Relief For Indonesia Supplements A Strategic Pacific Twist

The diversion of three Indian Navy warships to tsunami-hit Indonesia on Tuesday may be only to provide swift humanitarian assistance. But the move also...

At UN General Assembly, India Blasts Pakistan On Terrorism

Launching a blistering attack on the duplicitous behaviour of Pakistan with regard to terrorism, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said it is India’s...

India-U.S. Miltary Exercise: From Platoon To Battalion Level

Quiet has descended on the hills surrounding Chaubatia Military Station in Ranikhet less than 400 km north east of New Delhi. Chaubatia was the...

UK Seeks India Backing To Prohibit Chemical Weapons

With a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) slated for November, the UK is hopeful that India as a...

The Surgical Strikes: As They Happened

Two years ago, Indian Army’s special forces conducted simultaneous raids on seven different targets deep inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, killing over 70 terrorists and...

Duqm: India’s ‘Look West’ Third Port Of Call In Oman

This may not be well known but India's defence and security relationship with the Persian Gulf state of Oman dates back to the 1970s....

India, Pak Foreign Ministers’ Meeting ‘No Resumption of Dialogue’

India's stated position on Pakistan that “talks and terror” cannot go together will be tested when the foreign ministers of the two countries meet...

‘Enhanced Indo-Pak Military Contact Will Help Ease Border Tension’

A recent article in the New York Times, about the Pakistan military reaching out to India for talks, generated a lot of discussion in...
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Korean Peace: Up In The Air?

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to dismantle a missile launching site and the Yongbyon nuclear site. So much has emerged from...

Russia, Israel Talk Down Syria Confrontation After Fatal Plane Strike

After a telephonic conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, both countries pulled back from a possible confrontation over...

Russia, Turkey Reach Deal On Key Terrorist Bastion In Syria

A deal to create a buffer zone to separate government forces and rebel fighters in the last main stronghold of anti-government rebels and terrorist...

Inside War-Ravaged Syria: Missiles, A Trade Fair And Business As Usual

Driving down from Beirut, we missed the Israeli missile strikes in Syria by just hours. The Syrian Army has accused Israel of multiple missile...

A Dip At The Kumbh, R-Day Parade Spin-Offs For Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Delegates

The Indian diaspora participating in the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019 in January next year will get an opportunity to take a holy dip...

BIMSTEC Military Drill Focuses On Counter-Terrorism

Counter-terrorism is the overarching focus of the first-ever BIMSTEC military exercise that’s currently underway at the Aundh Military Station in Pune. Called Milex-18, the...

Joint Statement On The Inaugural India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James...

Reorganising Army HQ for more efficient functioning

This is part II of the series of article on studies about reforms/revamp in the Indian Army being carried out by the AG and...

No signs that India has changed its stand on BRI

Has India softened its opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) exactly a year after Indian and Chinese troops disengaged at Dolam (or...

Is the Indian Army doing away with Brigadiers?

The Indian Army has undertaken a comprehensive time-bound set of four different studies to achieve (a) An agile structure for field formations, (b) A...

Despite Kartarpur Talks, Sikh Separatist Group Still Working With Pakistan To Push For Referendums On Punjab, Kashmir

The positive outcome of the recently held talks on the Kartarpur Corridor between New Delhi and Islamabad is unlikely to deter Sikh separatist organisations...
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‘Technical Glitches, Launch Cancellations Common To All Spacefaring Nations’

A “glitch” resulted in the cancellation of the launch of India’s ambitious Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon early on Monday morning. The Indian Space...

Bilateral Trade Wars Taking Away From Economic Agenda Of Developing Nations

When India hosts the G-20 Summit in 2022, it will be the first time a developing country will shape the global economic agenda. While...
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A Discordant ‘Note’ To Diplomacy, With An Earthy Touch

The pony-tail has stood the test of time. From his days as a young German backpacker traversing India’s length and breadth to being his...
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Timeline: How The Kargil War Panned Out In 1999

As Indians across the country celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, here is a look at the unfolding of events that led...

Balakot Is Proof That Successive Governments Have Strengthened Intelligence Since Kargil

20 years since the Kargil victory, what are the lessons learnt? SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale reported for 45 days as the Indian Army and...

Germany’s New Envoy Walter J. Lindner Wins Over India With His Hindi, Musical Skills And ‘Auntie Amby’

The Amby’s on a roll. Both the man and the machine. Industrialists, diplomats, journalists and people on the street are all agog ever since...