The nation is obviously shocked by the news that 39 Indian workers held captive near Mosul in Iraq were brutally murdered by the Islamic State, also known as Daesh. While Daesh’s cruelty and dastardliness is well known, there was some hope that the workers would be found alive as...
The Department of Defence Production (DDP) has set up a Defence Investor Cell under the chairmanship of a Joint Secretary. The office order issued by DDP in February 2018 has assigned an amazing range of roles and responsibilities to the Cell, most of which are inadequately defined. Among other responsibilities,...

A stopover of strategic and economic importance on the Mughal Road to Kashmir over 400 years ago, the history of Rajouri needs more attention as the town and the roads leading to it gain ascendancy on the fresh political, economic, cultural and security framework. One of the stories of Rajouri...
During the last couple of years, India has recalibrated its policy towards Pakistan by adopting a two-pronged approach. One prong consists of not holding formal talks until Pakistan stops using terrorism as an instrument of state policy against India. And the second prong involves retaining the right of retaliation...
In a significant defence policy reform notified on April 18, 2018, the government has revamped the existing defence planning system by establishing a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the chairmanship of the National Security Adviser (NSA). This new institutional mechanism, set up as a permanent body, is intended to...
They may call it the Social Summit. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to visit fellow social-media maven Narendra Modi later this month. Stops include the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, and Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat. Trudeau’s itinerary also includes stops in Mumbai and New...
The 13th CII-Exim Bank Conclave on the India-Africa Project Partnership, held in New Delhi in the last week of March, brought together over 850 business and political leaders, whose main agenda was to increase the still low quantum of economic cooperation between India and Africa. India’s partnership with Africa has...
India and Vietnam recently signed a three-part deal that includes nuclear cooperation, agriculture and trade, and economic association. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in 2018 to strengthen cooperation in the atomic energy field for peaceful purposes, extending till research on nuclear reactors, in the field of nuclear...
The UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme was launched in 2017 to provide low-cost aerial public transport, especially in India’s hinterland and thereby boost the rural and semi-urban economies. In the past year since its inception, UDAN has made substantial progress: it has revived defunct and under-utilised airports in Tier-2 and Tier-3...
The politics of nuclear weapons have always been complex and enigmatic. A testament to this reality came during the course of the current year, which not only saw a little over a quarter of UN member states agreeing to a nuclear weapons prohibition treaty, but was witnessed two major...