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The data on violence in Kashmir (graph at right, detailed figures further down) illustrates a missed opportunity for engaging Kashmiris between 2012-2015 By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 23rd July 19 Last week, I spent four days in Kashmir reading the mood amongst youngsters there. Engaging the Kashmiri youth is critical. With the decline of the Joint Resistance
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Bhabha Kavach (displayed above at the International Police Expo 2019 in Delhi) clears testing in Ahmedabad, OFB ready to build 10,000 per year for CAPFs Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 22nd Jul 19 When the central armed police forces (CAPFs) under the Ministry of Home Affairs demanded bulletproof jackets (BPJs) that offer greater protection than those used by the army, the Ordnance
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By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 20th July 19 The world’s biggest aerospace and defence company, Lockheed Martin, on Friday announced it had signed Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with three Indian start-up firms: Terero Mobility, Sastra Robotics, and NoPo Nanotechnologies. These companies, which will now be mentored by Lockheed Martin to integrate into its global supply chain,
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By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 19th July 19 US government experts on defence export licensing on Thursday completed a four-day visit to Delhi, during which they held multiple briefings with the government and defence industry about the benefits available to India from the Strategic Trade Authorisation – Tier One (STA-1) status that India was accorded last year. On July 30, 2018,
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Contest resumes for Indian Air Force purchase of 114 fighters By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 17th July 19 Signalling the resumption of the world’s biggest international fighter aircraft procurement – the contest between seven international vendors and their Indian “strategic partners” to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) with 114 fighters for $20-25 billion – US aerospace giant
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By Ajai Shukla The Nilgiris Business Standard, 13th July 19 After defeating and killing Tipu Sultan in the Third Mysore War in 1799, the East India Company consolidated itself in the Deccan. From their administrative headquarters in Coimbatore, bored and sweaty British officials longingly eyed the inviting hills visible to the northwest – the Nilgiris (blue mountains) that Mysore had
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Acknowledges project to build six Scorpenes (above) failed to bring adequate technology By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 10th July 19 One of the navy’s most vital purchases – the contract for six new-generation submarines under what is dubbed Project 75-I – will take another two-to-three years in tendering, revealed the navy’s warship acquisitions chief on Monday. This is because
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The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder By Sean McFate HarperCollins, 2019 318 pages Rs 1,699 (on Amazon) Several authors have analysed the shifting templates of modern warfare, but few have the credentials that Sean McFate brings to his writing. He has served as a paratrooper in the United States army’s elite 82ndAirborne Division. He then went on to become a
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Indian Ocean countries get a larger share of Indian aid as New Delhi counters China (photo: Modi visits Maldives) By Ajai Shukla (Edited version in) Business Standard, 8th July 19 To backstop India’s influence in its extended neighbourhood, Friday’s budget has raised the allocation for providing financial aid to friendly regional countries by over 26 per cent. Last year’s revised
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Over the last 3 years, salaries and running costs have risen 25%, but the modernisation budget has grown by only 15% By Ajai Shukla Business Standard, 7th July 19 The modest 6.35 per cent rise in defence allocations – from Rs 405,193 crore in last year’s revised estimates, to Rs 431,011 crore in Friday’s budget – presents an even more worrying picture when the budget is disaggregated.

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