A collection of articles on defence published on
The India Forum
A Courtship in which India and the US are Playing Each Other
The US seeks Indian support for its geopolitical strategy while India wants to maintain a certain ‘non-alignment’ and yet increase defence purchases. For domestic audiences, the symbolism of Modi’s…
Is India the Arms Exporter it Claims to Be?
The government's desire to project India as a significant defence exporter are more apparent on paper than in the order books.
The Message from Agnipath: India Can’t Afford the Military it Needs
The signals that the Agnipath scheme sends to India’s adversaries is that under the current dispensation India is unable to provide for the armed forces what the country needs to meet its strategic…
Twenty Years of the ‘Global War on Terror’
Matters have come full circle in Afghanistan, the main theatre of the ‘war on terror’. Chaos is festering in Syria, Libya, Yemen & Iraq. The failure of U.S. justice presages an unravelling of the…
Why the Pegasus Snooping is a Hacking of India’s Democracy
The widespread use of the Pegasus spyware in India suggests a disrespect for the institutions of democracy at the highest levels of government. What could be worse for the future of India’s democracy?
The Burden of Conflict that Women of Kashmir Bear
Women face an unequal burden from the conflict in Kashmir. As state and society turn against them, circumstances force them to renegotiate their positions and even their consciousness.
Guns Fall Silent on the LoC
India’s need to prevent a two-front threat & to be on the right side of the US underlies the sudden decision on a LoC ceasefire. This opens up many possibilities but Modi’s long-running anti-…
Problems with the Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor
The story of India’s Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor for close to two decades is one of rising costs, delays and the Department of Atomic Energy making never-ending promises of commissioning. Shouldn’…
M V Ramana
Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the 75th Anniversary of ‘Nuclear Peace’
'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds’. Physicist Robert Oppenheimer recalled these lines from the Gita after watching the first nuclear test in July 1945. With the world now sitting…
K. Vela Velupillai
Making Sense of China’s Dream
Why does the India-China border flare-up with regularity? For China, it is not about determining where the boundary lies, it is about establishing primacy.