Army

  • Aviation assets for India's paramilitary forces

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Heightened operational tempo as well increased area of responsibility for India's Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) necessitates the induction of more integral aviation assets for...

  • 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...

  • Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    "By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination", Christopher Columbus famously said. And as they walked...

  • Fighting terror in J&K

    Straight talk |  Shantanu Mukharji
    As I post this blog, terrorists are firing at the civilians in Sanatnagar area in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. This indiscriminate attack comes barely...

  • In times of turmoil - Little Egypt

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    It was 6 am when Samy Sharkawo, a 60 year old limousine driver from Astoria, Queens saw his television set beaming images from Cairo. Overnight,...

  • How accidental was the PLA's Raki Nulla adventure?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    The Raki Nulla face off in April between Indian and Chinese troops was "accidental, not deliberately staged", is the word from the men in green...

  • 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...

  • India-Pakistan tensions: What caused the frenzy?

    Head to Haid-ar |  Suhasini Haidar
    Ironically, it was the words of the Indian Army Chief that made many journalists covering the tensions at LoC take the first pause in the...

  • 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...

  • The Pakistani revenge

    Strategic Eye |  CN Anand
    After Musharraf shot himself in the foot by messing with the Chief Justice, and got ousted, Pakistan lurched back to democracy. Benazir Bhutto returned in...

  • The Army Chief's year of birth

    Strategic Eye |  CN Anand
    It would never occur to any General to get just a one year extension by claiming that his YOB as per Military Secretary's records was...

  • 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...

  • Is Pak army behind the rise of Imran Khan?

    BARAKA |  Surya Gangadharan
    Has Imran Khan's moment finally arrived? The euphoric press reports from across the border suggest that "Im the Dim" as he's sometimes called, is on...

  • 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 earthquake: Lonely in Lachung

    Smita's Space |  Smita Sharma
    I somehow get to visit exotic locales when tragedy strikes. When the earth shook on the evening of 18th of September , with its epicentre...

  • 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...