June 2016

Indian Space Diplomacy Gathers Momentum

Narendra Modi is perhaps the first Indian Prime Minister to have  vigorously espoused space diplomacy as an instrument to expand  Indian diplomatic clout and soft power as well as further its geo strategic interests in the third world. With China rapidly consolidating its position in many of the third world countries as a most sought after high tech partner for making available space services and satellite systems on highly affordable terms, India cannot afford to lag behind in taking its expertise in space technology for the benefit of the third world countries.

Scholar Warrior

Touchy subject and I know I am walking a gauntlet in addressing this. However, I do not think there is an element of command responsibility which is as important as this; the provision of all round happiness to everyone around you commensurate with the context and without compromise with the task; it is as much a staff responsibility.  Best of professionals fail in doing so, perceiving their job to be leading in achieving organizational effectiveness; but organizational effectiveness is best achieved if a happy environment exists.

China Mentors Pak Military Aviation Industry

 The JF-17 Thunder is a third generation fighter aircraft jointly developed by Pakistan and China. It can be considered a show-case of Sino-Pak defence cooperation. Pakistan continues to be China’s strongest ally. Their relationship became very close after Sino-Indian war of 1962. Pakistan ceded to China, 5,180 Sq. Km of land in Karakoram region of north Kashmir. In return, China began providing economic and military assistance. After being dismembered in 1971 Pakistan forged a formal strategic alliance with China in 1972.

Why Should India Bother about the South China Sea?

India’s burgeoning interest and occasional naval presence in the South China Sea is derisively dismissed by some as a case of maritime overreach if not hubris.  Their view is that by meddling in maritime expanses that do not directly concern India, the country and its navy will be distracted from activities that lie squarely within what ought to remain India’s (and its navy’s) principal area of focus, namely the Indian Ocean in general and the Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal in particular.  They believe that venturing into the South China Sea will serve only to mar a much-n

The War on ISIS (Daesh) : What Will Finally Work

Two  years after the emergence of  Daesh the world is still suffering from the ambitions of the Caliphate that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi set up in Northern Iraqi and Syrian territory. The supposed Caliphate’s strength emerges from its control of territory, systems for income of finances, leadership, an army of fighters and the emotional link that it has due to the geographic proximity to the Islamic shrines and the tribal Arab areas.