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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Why India Is Far Ahead Of Pakistan In Science And Technology |Prof. Pervez Hoodbhoy|


HOW CHINESE LIAONING COMPARES AGAINST U.S NIMITZ CLASS?


2016: What a year - BBC News


2016 Year In Review: In Memoriam | TIME


New change to the blog from 2017 onwards

As the new year dawn on us, I am trying to bring in some changes to the blog. Due to my professional commitments, I was not able to regularly update the blog in the last few months. From January onwards, I am bringing about a slight change in the format of this blog. Hope you enjoy the new beginning. Thank you for being part of the journey with us and expect your cooperation and blessing for the journey forward,

-Admin

Happy New Year


Wishing all my friends a very Happy and a Prosperous New Year

Top ten destroyers (Credits-Defencyclopedia)



Kolkata Class destroyer ( Image credits- Indian Navy)


Credits- Defencyclopedia

Author- NRP

Top 10 Most Powerful Destroyers In The World ( Click to read the entire article here.....)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Chinese Army's Sneaky Ploy to Take Over China's Military ( Source- The National Interest / Author- Micael Peck)

Chinese Type-99 Tank ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons)
Source- National Interest

Author- Michael Peck

After decades as primarily a ground force with the world’s army (go tell China to never fight a land war in Asia), the Chinese military is reorienting itself toward an air-sea conflict in waters such as the South China Sea. For more than a decade, it has been China’s air and naval forces that have growing in budget and stature, while the army has not.

Yet two China scholars ask a perceptive question: Why is the Chinese army going along with these reforms? As we well know from the U.S. military, no service ever voluntarily cedes power to another. It would be like the U.S. Army telling Congress, “cut our budget and give the Air Force more money.”( To read the entire article, click here.....)

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas to all my readers. May the lord shower on you his blessings.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Waking the Beast: India’s Defense Reforms Under Modi ( Source- The Diplomat/ Author- Jeff M.Smith)

Image credits- Indian Navy
Source- The Diplomat

Author- Jeff M. Smith

“India has done enough to simplify its defense procurement and other norms,” opined Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar at a speech in Washington last December. “It is time for U.S. Government and Industry to reciprocate. It is easy to blame Indian bureaucracy but in some cases, U.S. bureaucracy is much worse.’’

With all due respect to Parrikar—who has been a breath of fresh air after the paralytic reign of his predecessor, AK “Mr. No” Antony—few in Washington or Delhi would agree. Fortunately, the reforms he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have shepherded are steering India in the right direction ( To read the entire article, click here.......)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

China and India Aren't Afraid to Use Money as a Weapon ( Source- The National Interest / Author- Rishika Chauhan)

Chinese Yaun ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons)

Author- Rishika Chauhan

“Major powers have to work with each other even if their interests diverge on some issues,” India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar stressed at the recently concluded India China Think-Tanks Forum in New Delhi. However, within the next few days, two articles in significant Indian and Chinese dailies seemed to have dampened the spirit of cooperation. Talking about a Chinese consignment worth $2.8 million dispatched to Nepal, a widely circulated Indian newspaper said that the shipment “will severely hit Indian businesses.” A reporter at the Chinese state-run Global Times was quick to respond, insisting the move did not mean that “Chinese goods will push Indian products out of the country.” Impassioned media debates ensued.

While reports of competition between the two rising states is common, such discussions have been frequent since September of last year. Accusing India of imposing an unofficial economic blockade shortly after the promulgation of the Nepali constitution, then prime minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli stepped up his country’s engagement with China. While India denied its involvement, its support of the Madhesis—the minority group protesting against the constitution and leading an economic blockade—was widely acknowledged.

(To read the entire article, click here)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How America Can Lead in Asia ( Source- The National Interest)

Image credits- Wikimedia Commons / United States Department of Defense
Source- The National Interest

Authors- Joseph W. PrueherJ. Stapleton RoyPaul HeerDavid M. LamptonMichael D. SwaineEzra Vogel

As the Trump administration assumes leadership of American foreign policy, questions prevail about how it perceives the United States’ role in the world and how it will exercise that role.  The appearance of a potentially unconventional U.S. president amidst a world in flux highlights the enormous uncertainties and the potential risks to U.S. stability and prosperity that are now confronting us.

The United States is today facing a fundamentally different world from the one it has known for many decades. In fact, the scope and magnitude of global change represents the greatest challenge since America’s emergence as a world power a century ago. Economic, technological, political and military power has dispersed globally in ways that make it impossible for the United States to pursue its interests unilaterally at acceptable costs and untenable for it to sustain indefinitely its economic and military primacy throughout the world.

Domestically, the United States confronts a range of problems and trends that further challenge its ability to adjust to this changing global environment. A highly polarized political and social environment is inhibiting efforts to rejuvenate vital foundations of the economy, and to deal with mounting national debt, growing income inequality, eroding infrastructure and spiraling entitlement costs. If allowed to continue, such U.S. political and economic difficulties will constrain Washington’s ability to compete in a multipolar world, diminish confidence in U.S. staying power among friends and allies and probably intensify downward pressure on U.S. defense spending. ( To read the complete article, click here...)

Monday, December 05, 2016

Indian Air Force REPLACES Russian Mi 26 with American Chinook


Most advanced light fighter jet in the world ( Source- YouTube, Dayanand Dandavate)


America Needs to Stop Losing to China ( Source- The National Interest / Author- Joseph A. Bosco)

USN FA-18 Super Hornet ( Image credits- Wikimedia Commons / USN)

Author- Joseph A. Bosco

“America doesn't win anymore” was a constant Donald Trump campaign theme and a situation he pledged to reverse.

But before we start winning again we need to stop losing — especially with China, which candidate Trump named as the prime exploiter of America's diplomatic naiveté. While he focused on trade and currency issues, we have been losing to Beijing even more dangerously on national security issues.

North Korea, the South China Sea and Taiwan are three Asian flashpoints where China's interests are inimical to American interests and values—any one of which could suddenly bring the United States and China into military conflict ( To read the full article, click here......)

Thursday, December 01, 2016

ISRO's Spy Satellite Was Indian Army's 'Eye In The Sky' During Surgical Strike


India quietly signs $1 4bn deal for 2 AWACS and 10 Heron TP UAV's with Israel( Credits- Conflict Zone, YouTube)


INS Chennai : India's Largest Indigenous Missile Destroyer Gets Commissioned Into Indian Navy ( Credits- Indian Defence Updates, YouTube)


New Indian Navy Next Generation Stealth Corvettes To Be Optimized For Sinking Chinese Ships ( Credits- Global Conflict, YouTube)


Future ships and weapons of Indian Navy ( Courtesy- Defence Analyst, YouTube Channel)


Friday, November 25, 2016

KIROV - CLASS BATTLE CRUISER - RUSSIAN NAVY


The Worlds Biggest Super Ship USS Kentucky Submarines Documentary


WHY INDIA CAN’T HIDE ITS LOVE FOR ISRAEL ANYMORE


WHY INDIA CAN’T HIDE ITS LOVE FOR ISRAEL ANYMORE


Japan and India: A Special Relationship? ( Source- The National Interest / Author- Vivek Mishra)

Image credits- Indian Navy
Source- The National Interest

Author- Vivek Mishra

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent three-day visit to Japan is a sign that the bilateral relationship between India and Japan is headed for newer heights. More importantly, there seems to be a palpable method to this resurgent Asian connection that does not just attempt to restore the balance of power in Asia. The two sides are astutely restructuring regional formulations in the Asian geopolitical theatre through a mix of economic, political and strategic accomplishments. India was able to draw Japan’s support for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), negotiate small but significant progress in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train timeline, ease Indian student visas and facilitate the training of 30 thousand Indians in Japanese manufacturing practices.

Two other developments that took place during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan could turn the India-Japan relationship into an unwavering geostrategic alliance in Asia. One is the decision by both the countries to merge their contiguous maritime corridors to create a single geostrategic maritime expanse running from the Far East up to the western Indian Ocean. Modi’s Japan visit drew assurances for merging India’s “Act East Policy” with Japan’s “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.” The second is the significant progress made in negotiations for the sale of Shinmaywa US-2i search and rescue aircraft from Japan to India. Both of these developments could recalibrate the Asian power balance by resetting the maritime heft in Asian waters, which has increasingly tilted in China’s favor since the beginning of this decade. ( To read the entire article, click here....)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

India's PAK-FA will be superior to the Russian T-50 and Chinese J-20


Inside of Class Typhoon Atomic Submarine - Military Documentary


China and Sri Lanka: Between a Dream and a Nightmare ( Source- The Diplomat / Author- Jeff M. Smith)

Image credits- VOA
Source- The Diplomat

Author- Jeff M. Smith

The Sino-Sri Lankan relationship was fundamentally transformed by the 2005 election of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Unlike many South Asian capitals India had shielded from Chinese influence, Colombo established cordial, if limited, diplomatic ties with Beijing by the late 20th century, even importing arms from China in the 1990s.

Rajapaksa entered office two decades into a brutal conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE), a hyper-violent separatist movement claiming to defend the interests of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority. Colombo and the LTTE reached a ceasefire in 2002 but the violence continued and Sri Lanka’s foreign minister was assassinated shortly before Rajapaksa’s inauguration. Within weeks of taking office the president privately appealed to Delhi for military aid to underpin a major offensive he was planning to crush the LTTE.

In 2006 Delhi quietly gifted Rajapaksa five Mi-17 helicopters and aided efforts to target LTTE personnel, supplies, and floating arsenals at sea. However, with a politically influential Tamil minority of its own, Delhi balked at requests for more robust military support. Nor could Rajapaksa turn to the United States. Concerned about human rights violations in the LTTE conflict, Washington had “drastically reduced its foreign assistance package for Sri Lanka.”

China gladly filled the void in the defense realm. In 2007, Rajapaksa secured a $37 million deal for Chinese ammunition and ordinance. In 2008, China “gifted” Colombo six F7 jet fighters, and provided anti-aircraft guns and JY-11 radar. The ceasefire with the Tigers collapsed that year and in 2009 Rajapaksa launched a scorched-earth offensive that eliminated the LTTE, though not before claiming up to 20,000 civilians in the process. ( To read the entire article, click here)

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Trump era- What it means for India and neighbours

Credits- Wikimedia Commons / Author- Gage Skidmore
(After a month's time, I am back again with active blogging. Lot of things have happened. For my new article, I have decided to concentrate on the new American President, Donald Trump and what it means for India)

The Trump era has dawned on the United States and the world. As President elect Donald Trump prepares to assume office as the 45'th President of the United States, the world is left in deep confusion and uncertainty as to how the Trump administration will affect them and their country. 

Donald Trump is not new to the world. The hard headed businessmen who defies all logic and who fights and makes a come back is well known. He is tenacious, outspoken and gets his way. From the time his business was in the verge of collapse in the mid 90's to making a coming back and getting to greater heights are all part of the enigma called Donald Trump. His Presidential aspirations are also well known choosing to backout at the last movement in the past , thus creating an impression in the minds of many that he is just trying to hog the lime light. Even during the 2016 Presidency campaign, people believed that he was not serious about the race and had just thrown in his name to get some publicity. But later on it became evident, that he was in for the fight. But his outspoken comments about immigration and women left many with bad taste and many believed that he will not make it beyond the primary. Yet he persevered to the final race. In the last round, everybody predicted Hillary Clinton a resounding victory. But typical of Trump, he defied all the prediction ended up as the winner thus becoming the 45'th President of the United States of America. But his comments about immigration to defence has lest the world perplexed as to how his administration will be like. 

For one, Trump has campaigned for creating jobs. What is sure is the fact that the new administration will look inward. Outsourcing will be a thing of the past as he seeks to curb American jobs being taken on to other countries. His administration will be conservative in many respects with a strong military and a boldness to take decision and to see the decision being executed. Now let us analyze what this means for India, China and Pakistan.......

India:

For India , the administration may be a mixed bag. Mr. Trump as time and again talked about deepening ties with India and making India a strategic ally. So we can naturally expect a deepening of strategic and defence  ties with India. He has also reached out to the Indian community whose stature and influence are growing in American society. At the same time, as Trump seeks to create jobs inside United States, countries like India and others wherein a huge number of outsourced jobs end up can expect to have them curtailed. This may have some impact on our economy. But all told, the picture is not that gloomy.

China:

Things doesn't look that good for China. For one, China has been aggressively expanding it's illegal claims in South China Sea. Further it has been following aggressive measure with all it's neighbours. China lays claim to almost all of South China Sea and also East China Sea. In South China Sea, China is in direct conflict with many of her neighbours for claim top South China Sea. But
Credits- Wikimedia Commons
 /Author- Michael Vadon
China's claim is not in adherence to UNCLOS. United States with the intention not to escalate the situation has been  reacting mildly with Freedom of Navigation (FON) which does not seem to have any impact on China. But under Trump, America may not be so forgiving. There is every chance that a Chinese move will invite an American response which will be aggressive and powerful. It is estimated that China will try to invade Taiwan in the near future that will see America intervening as it is obliged to do so under treaty. There is every chance that such a situation will arise during the Trump administration. Nobody exactly knows how Trump will react and how he will act. On trade, Trump has been rather open about bringing barriers on cheap Chinese imports to revive American industry. There is every chance that Trump will follow on his world which will have an adverse impact on the Chinese economy which is already ailing. 

Pakistan:

Pakistan will be the worst affected With it's double standards well exposed, Pakistan will face renewed pressure from America to reign in the Islamic militants and also curtail it's ever expanding nuclear arsenal. Trump will not as forgiving as the former Presidents and will take on Pakistan by the horn. Pakistan who has already lost much of American patriotism will be the most affected and find itself in the receiving end of an aggressive America. The double standards that is so common with the Pakistani establishment will need to come to an end. 

 Japan/ Korea

Trump always speaks of rearming Japan and Korea, much as a checkmate to North Korea and also China. This emerging alliance will greatly benefit India as India is the linchpin of this emerging alliance.

Conclusion:

Donald Trump rode on the "anti establishment" feeling within the American masses. Trump has unique opportunity of making things right and establishing himself as one of the greatest President in recent American history. Whether he will cease that opportunity and make a difference is to be seen in the coming days. In the meanwhile like the rest of the world, we can only keep our fingers crossed. 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Foreign Media SAYS India Is Way Ahead Of China In The Long Run

How it Works: Living in a Giant Submarine During Months - Submarine Docu...

WHY IS INDIA’S NAVY CHIEF VISITING MYANMAR?

Indian Navy Getting 'Next Generation Stealth warships 7 Corvettes and 4 ...

INDIA RISING 2016 INTERNATIONAL MEDIA SPECIAL COVERAGE ON INDIA'S GROWTH

international media prasing India's Frugal Innovation #Jugaad

FOREIGN MEDIA ON INDIA WARNING TO CHINA OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA SAYS ITS R...

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