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The Central Reserve Police Force will soon get its first all-woman unit to fight Maoists (also known as Naxalites), who themselves have a women’s unit. This is a natural progression of the rapidity with which women are being equated with men in roles that were traditionally marked for men only. Not only are women to brush shoulders with men in combat duties with the Indian Army but they will also soon be flying sorties for the Indian Air Force and also undertaking naval duties that were considered so tough as to justify gender singularity. 

 
 

Defencepreparedness, in simple terms, means readiness to meet an attack from an adversary or to attack the adversary and win a war. This is a function of strength and intention of the adversary, own strength in manpower and quality of equipment, doctrines and training and, national will. The strength of own Armed Forces also depends upon by the quality of their leadership, levels of training, ability to absorb and high technology weapon systems and use them effectively, domestic defence technology base, funds available to meet revenue and capital expenditure of the defence forces in a sustained manner and, clarity of political and military objectives. Winning a war requires synergy not only among the three services but full support of the government and the people. This brief note focuses on the state of military hardware and the concerns about technological lag and obsolescence of the equipment held by Indian Armed Forces.

 

Last month’s final Nuclear Security Summit in Washington appeared to be another successful attempt by India to present itself as a responsible global player. But President Obama’s unscripted comments at the concluding press conference altered the situation.

South Block reacted with some anger to Obama’s mentioning as a challenge developments in India and Pakistan’s military doctrines; he went on to state his hope not to see them ‘continually moving in the wrong direction’.

 
Broadly, the Nuclear Security Summits have not only raised the profile of nuclear security issues at a global level but have started a thread of ‘softer nuclear security issues’ that have witnessed a wilful participation of countries. The innovative concepts of ‘gift baskets’ introduced during the proceedings of the first Security Summit have indeed extracted voluntary nuclear security commitments from the participating countries and the ‘Sherpa meetings’ have become a unique platform to distil the incongruities beforehand in order to shape the agenda more coherently during the NSS.  
 

Allegations of wrongdoings in military procurements are as old as independent India. Within months of the country becoming free, there were insinuations that India’s first High Commissioner to London, V.K. Krishna Menon, had not adhered to procurement norms while ordering 200 jeeps for the Indian Army. Some 150 jeeps that finally landed in Madras port were refurbished second-hand ones, probably used in the recently concluded World War II. 

 

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a part of China’s transnational One Belt One Road initiative, is seen as an economic breakthrough for Pakistan. Huge stakes are involved. Trade, energy and geostrategic imperatives are driving both Pakistani and Chinese ambitions. The dominant thinking in Pakistan is that the CPEC, with a set of projects worth $46 billion currently under construction, will substantially improve Pakistan’s current fragile economic situation, as the project will bring about unprecedented changes in the lives of the people across the region.

 

 The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a part of China’s transnational One Belt One Road initiative, is seen as an economic breakthrough for Pakistan. Huge stakes are involved. Trade, energy and geostrategic imperatives are driving both Pakistani and Chinese ambitions. The dominant thinking in Pakistan is that the CPEC, with a set of projects worth $46 billion currently under construction, will substantially improve Pakistan’s current fragile economic situation, as the project will bring about unprecedented changes in the lives of the people across the region.

 

Coventry Airfield in the United Kingdom is several thousand miles away from the Indian Air Force (IAF) base of Mohanbari in Assam. Not for Rajeev Chandrasekhar.

 

‘Digital India’ is one of the flagship initiatives of the present government to connect India digitally and, which is why, the Indian budget of 2016 fundamentally focused on connectivity. Driven by apprehensions of cyber-warfare breaking out large between countries, and which may not be a distant reality, it will be in India’s long-term benefit if the country not only connects, but secures the billions it connects and the data they trade over the internet, writes Jayadev Parida on South Asia Monitor.

 

The dreaded Islamic State terror group will attempt more sensational attacks on minorities and foreigners in Bangladesh to gain the support of local extremists in the Muslim-majority country as part of its global expansion plan, US-based intelligence assessment company Stratfor said in a report today.

 


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