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    Casualties of an alternate war : of suicides and fratricides in the Indian Armed Forces

    [By Adfar Shah] “In yet another fratricidal incident, a trooper shot dead his five colleagues before shooting himself with his service weapon in an Army camp in Safapora area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on the intervening night of Februar...

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    Bin Laden documents: What’s in them?

    [By Aishwarya Yerra] On Wednesday, US intelligence agencies declassified more than 100 documents that were seized during a raid on the world’s most-wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. These documents contained a treasure trove of info...

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    AFSPA in Kashmir: A Battle of Perceptions

    [By Adfar Shah] Tripura’s Manik Sarkar government’s decision on revoking AFSPA recently was much hailed in public and intellectual circles. However, the ripple effect as expected was the fresh revival of the incessant demand for revocation of AF(JK)S...

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    Malharis’ Battle Of Gadra City In 1971 War

    |By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Battle of Gadra City fought on the night of 4/5 December 1971 was one of the important battles in the Western Theatre. 15 KUMAON (Indore) won a famous victory on the back of sound leadership, detailed planning and extens...

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    Why land acquisition has become a tricky issue

    |Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: Despite repeated pleas from officials of Greater Noida Authority(GNA), Mahesh Pandit has not vacated a piece of land in Sector XU-2 he was compensated for about a decade ago. Resident of Ghodi Village, Pandit continues t...

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    Modi plucks pearls from Beijing’s string

    |By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi: With its obsessive focus on meetings between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the media in New Delhi missed the wood for the trees. It dissected every nuance of the 40-mi...

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    Modi in China

    [By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – China and India have a fraught relationship, characterized by festering disputes, deep mistrust, and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation. Booming bilateral trade, far from helping to turn the page on old...

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    She Is The Ideal Role Model ‘Veer Nari’ – Bimla Devi

    [By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)] Dwarhat though a non-descript small town along the serpentine road, amidst cedar and pine trees, is a heart-captivating destination in the Kumaon hills with numerous ancient temples and mind blowing sightseeing tourist desti...

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    Commemorating the War of 1971: Vijay Diwas

    Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is commemorated every year on 16th December in India as it marks its military victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The end of the war resulted in the unilateral surrender of the Pakistan Army ...

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The philosophy of the Soldier Mountaineer Colonel Narinder Kumar ‘Bull’!

[By Col NN Bhatia | A Preface] The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of the man. – Anonymous The Regimental Centre Officers’ Mess in Ranikhet provides the most grandeur view of the eternally majestic snow capped Himalayan peaks that inspired a young mountaineer Capt (later Col) Narinder Kumar of 3 KUMAON (Rifles) to ...

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Bin Laden documents: What’s in them?

[By Aishwarya Yerra] On Wednesday, US intelligence agencies declassified more than 100 documents that were seized during a raid on the world’s most-wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. These documents contained a treasure trove of information on Al Qaeda and their then leader and we give you the key points from these newly-released files: 26/11 was heroic The documents ...

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My friendship with Xi Jinping is 'plus one': PM Narendra Modi

Modi in China

[By Brahma Chellaney] NEW DELHI – China and India have a fraught relationship, characterized by festering disputes, deep mistrust, and a shared ambivalence about political cooperation. Booming bilateral trade, far from helping to turn the page on old rifts, has been accompanied by increasing border incidents, military tensions, and geopolitical rivalry, as well as disagreements on riparian and maritime issues. ...

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Casualties of an alternate war : of suicides and fratricides in the Indian Armed Forces

[By Adfar Shah] “In yet another fratricidal incident, a trooper shot dead his five colleagues before shooting himself with his service weapon in an Army camp in Safapora area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on the intervening night of February 26 and 27”. (Srinagar, Zulfikar Majid, Feb 27, 2014, DHNS). 1,383 Indian soldiers lost their lives between the year 2001 ...

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Insuring nuclear suppliers using Indian tax payers’ money – how nationalist is diluting liability, Mr. PM?

|By Kumar Sundaram|Dianuke| On the eve of India’s Republic Day, the Modi government has announced that it will arm-twist the public-owned General Insurance Company(GIC) to provide insurance cover for the nuclear suppliers. Though the exact details are still not clear, the media reports suggest that the Indian government has found a roundabout way to placate the US nuclear suppliers’ like ...

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Doongar Singh – A Pakistani Brigadier Looks Back to an Indian JCO

|By Brigadier Mehboob Qadir (R)| It was mid 1972. We had just arrived in Ranchi from Agra, badly shaken and bruised, after a fateful train journey, during which we lost a fellow officer, killed by an armed escort needlessly, and another missing. We were prepared for the expected hardships; not that it would have been unusual, but in the business of ...

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Eternal Vigil – POW Joe’s Story

There is a Prisoner Of War (POW) story of my course mate Joe I would like to tell. He passed away in 2011 in Pune of brain haemorrhage. My story below is what I recollect of it from what he told me about it in 1973-74. Afterwards he never talked about it despite my repeated urging him to write an auto ...

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Indian Prisoners Of War Holed Till Death In Pakistan

|By Col NN Bhatia (Retd)| Capturing prisoners of war (POW) is as old as man kind and warfare.  In the earliest history, men captured used to be either slaughtered or made slaves. The captured women and children were more likely to be spared but many times the purpose to capture women as concubines for sex, sexual abuse and pleasure. The ...

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Liberation War-Historicising a Personal Narrative

|By Col Nadir Ali (Retd) , Pakistan Army|   Former Pakistani Col Nadir Ali’s talks of his experiences from 1971 in Bangladesh at the BRAC University in Dhaka. Historicizing a personal narrative is difficult in the best of times. Recalling 1971 is a very sensitive issue and it touches most of us very deeply. First, a litte of the personal: ...

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Lord Of The BP 638

|By Col. NN Bhatia (Retd)| The Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 is synonymous with liberation of Bangladesh that commenced with Pakistan launching of Operation Chengiz Khan on 3 December 1971 through pre-emptive strikes on 11 Indian airbases. The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces deployed to protect Eastern Wing of the country signed Instrument ...

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