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On 23 September India has finally signed a contract for 36 Rafale fighter jets with an option to buy 18 more in three years. This deal has been pending since 2012 when Rafale won a competition to be the new India medium fighter aircraft.

 

As one writes, the doubts about the veracity of the Army's claims have started gathering weight. Specific questions are being asked and Pakistan's experienced Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) is sparing no efforts in projecting that it is all a hoax.

As one writes, the doubts about the veracity of the Army's claims have started gathering weight. Specific questions are being asked and Pakistan's experienced Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) is sparing no efforts in projecting that it is all a hoax.

 
Pakistan has been successfully playing the game of psychological salami slicing with India and the world for many decades now. It is like the proverbial child who has been told not to go into the sea, but who takes relatively small steps in the direction that do not singularly amount to disobedience. So he goes to the edge of the water and stops.   
 
The recent attack on an Army camp in Uri, has forced India to mull over its options to deal with an intransigent neighbour. There are plenty of solutions, but New Delhi must not shut the doors of overt operations.
 
Apart from the exponential increase in defence spending, what is it that helped China transition from being an arms importer to being a leading global arms exporter? Tracing the evolution of reforms and their subsequent implementation in China’s domestic defence industry provides the answers to this and could serve as lessons for India’s current focus on indigenising defence production under the aegis of ‘Make in India’.  
 

Conflicts have a nasty habit of creeping up the escalatory ladder, the absence of empirical or historical precedents notwithstanding. Conflict escalation is the process by which conflicts grow in severity over time. Between two nations, from non-kinetic to the various stages of kinetic engagements, is a matter of time if not controlled. 

 
Apart  from the justified national anger over Pakistan-sponsored Uri attack, any rational and appropriate answer to the new atrocity must be guided by breaking the problem into its various strands. Each strand has its own dimensions.  
 

After Uri, India must prepare for a war with Pakistan by expediting military procurement and supplementing it with a massive diplomatic offensive against Islamabad.

 

Is it bullets by the Army against pellets from misguided youth? Is it that while the civil forces responsible for dealing with the situation are allowed to abdicate their role and bloat at the expense of the exchequer, the Army is asked to carry the can?

 

More shocking because the incident has come so soon after a similar attack on a sensitive Air Force base in Pathankot, and after a pinpointed intelligence input that a group of seven armed terrorists had infiltrated from the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and were hiding to launch an attack on a military base in Uri. 

 


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A pre-dawn  suicide terror attack (fidayeen)  on an army camp in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (April 27)   resulted in the death of three army personnel including an officer,  while two terrorists were neutralized. Combing operations are in progress to ascertain if any of the attackers have
 
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The April 13 Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) strike by the United States on ISIS terrorists in Afghanistan has triggered suggestions that a second round of the Cold War is set to begin. Particularly as the new US President, Donald Trump, seems to be brash, abrasive and capable of taking action without thinking of consequences.
 
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India should be extremely wary of any Trump involvement on the Kashmir issue because he would do anything to bring India to the table, writes Dr. Susmit Kumar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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