Indian Army

  • India's missile build up gathers pace with Monday's Brahmos test by the Indian Army

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Monday's test by the Indian Army (IA) of a deep penetration version of the Brahmos symbolizes the emergence of a new era in standoff strike...

  • Karma Paljor's Uttarakhand Diaries: VJ Rakesh Negi meets his old friend from Siachen

    Good Karma |  Karma Paljor
    The Uttarakhand disaster was one of the most difficult assignments we have ever gone on. The images of destruction and suffering will stay with us...

  • Honour the heroes of Uttarakhand

    Kindred mind |  Ayushman Jamwal
    The floods in Uttarakhand have decimated thousands of acres of land and caused irreparable damage to life and property. It has been one of the...

  • The real stars of the land: The Indian soldier

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The unprecedented rainfall over the hill state of Uttharakhand has left everyone in a state of introspection. Sometimes such natural calamities makes people think about...

  • Something's churning in that feudal institution called the Indian Army

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    "In the army it's the habitual malingerers, malcontents and rogues who deliver in combat," said the young colonel. In his view, many of the jawans...

  • Time for India to join hands with Bharat to curb crimes against women

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    After the horrific Delhi gangrape incident which shook the nation to its foundation, people for the first time in one voice said 'No to crimes...

  • The high cost of the 'mini' Air Force

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The bi-annual Army Commanders Conference kicked off in Delhi on Monday with the focus on issues ranging from operational and security to modernization and procurement....

  • Samba incident reflects changes in the officer-jawan interface

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Samba incident involving the suicide of a jawan in one of the Army's oldest cavalry regiments has underscored an old problem: the acute shortage...

  • The Siachen dilemma

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    "It takes our men 27 days to trek from base camp to the highest post in Siachen," the officer with long experience of service on...

  • The human rights of a soldier

    Priyali's Space |  Priyali Sur
    May 15th 1999. Must have been just another ordinary day in our lives. I must have gone to school, played with my friends and probably...

  • The Castle, the Commoners and their cronies

    Uday's Space |  Uday Sahay
    Seldom does the Indian media today act as the cronies of the commoners. However, when it does, especially in pelting stones at the castle, it...

  • Relax, Bofors was not all loot-and-scoot

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    If one were to take a purely transaction-oriented approach to the Bofors deal, one will wonder what the fuss is all about. Even Sten Lindstrom,...

  • Chinks in the Armour: Our defence preparedness

    Sky Soldier |  Wing Commander Abdul Nasir Hanfee
    The defence budget for 2011-12 has been hiked by 11 percent, pegging the allocation at Rs 164,415 crore (from Rs 1,47,344 crores last year), to...

  • Here comes Saint Antony

    Just a thought |  R Radhakrishnan Nair
    Defence Minister A K Antony made some rare interventions in Parliament over the last two days after the Army Chief Gen V K Singh spoke...

  • Army Chief and the Brotherhood of the Bribable

    Espresso Economics |  Vivian Fernandes
    A few weeks ago, a former secretary in the Defence Ministry told minister A K Antony to expect embarrassment from General V K Singh. The...

  • Junglistan General goes to war

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    At Kallu Vasu's bar, the most popular in Junglistan, it was primetime - the period between 8 pm and midnight. The rooms were full, most...

  • Majors' woes stem from 6th Pay Commission

    Strategic Eye |  CN Anand
    Since India gained Independence in 1947, there have been six pay commissions to review and fix Government officials' pay and allowances. Retired Majors and their...

  • Sainik School Tilaiya: an insider's tale

    The Other |  Nadim Asrar
    It's my favourite story from the Sainik School Tilaiya days. It was around 2 am on a cold December night in 1989. The asbestos roof...

  • Indian Army in Ladakh

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Ever heard of Chinese made polypropylene innerwear? It's standard issue for the Indian Army in the sub zero climes of Ladakh! It's a way of...

  • Sikkim quake: How Army braved odds, saved lives

    Good Karma |  Karma Paljor
    Lt Colonel MMA Hyderi of the 659th Army Aviation Squadron was going to be a father in a few days, so there was much excitement...

  • Rugged Pajero for jawans posted in Sikkim

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Indian Army brigade facing the Chinese in north Sikkim has an unusual vehicle in its inventory: Mitsubishi Pajeros! The vehicles were specially procured after...

  • I am still naked

    Write Corner |  Anubha Bhonsle
    "I am still naked." She said it tonelessly, almost hopelessly; no anger, not even an eye-lid moved, and then she got up and left. ...

  • The Indian soldier's plight

    The Straight Drive |  Sriram Balasubramanian
    The program that aired on CNN-IBN a couple of months back irked my mind. Anubha Bhonsle's "30 minutes" show focused on the Army officer's latest...

  • Time for an ISPR in Indian Army?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Is it time for an Indian ISPR (Inter-Services Public Relations)? Given its Pakistani origins you could always call it something else as long as it...

  • Prahaar India's counter to Pak's Nasr missile?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    I was told not to be a fool by a retired brigadier, an authority on nukes. The Prahaar, he said, was based on the army's...