US President Donald Trump has called out Pakistan directly on the car-bomb attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel by terrorists based there and declared that it will only strengthen efforts by India and the United States to strengthen their cooperation in fighting terrorism.
There are no dearth of stories in media about bad, sad, horrible or disgusting incidents or developments. For a change here are two feel-good stories - one impressive and the other touching - concerning the Indian armed forces.
India’s major threat is from China, which has an ambitious stealth fighter programme and a sophisticated surface to surface missile arsenal. They have clear anti-access/area denial doctrines, which use a combination of ballistic and cruise missiles launched from air, land and sea to cover targets in the Asia-Pacific region, writes Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor
To mark the second anniversary of the Indian Army's "surgical strikes" against terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan and to showcase the courage, valour and sacrifice of armed forces in general and Special Forces in particular, a massive exhibition of weapons and equipment named ‘Parakram Parv’ was held on the lawns of India Gate, New Delhi, from 28-30 September 2018.
The more serious challenge to the Indian military is the fact that its platform and equipment inventory has glaring gaps of quality and quantity. Across the board, each service is grappling with serious deficiencies, writes C Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor
Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection
The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee