THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
21 February 2017
Government : Nat. Security
SENIORITY ISSUE
A better way of selecting the top brass

Nothing is lost by abandoning the principle of seniority, but the armed forces need restructuring says Nitin Pai.

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INDO-PAK RELATIONS
The Parrikar thesis Firdaus Ahmed analyses the recent comments made by the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's in case of India being provoked by Pakistan.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
NUCLEAR APOCALYPSE
Our present and terrifying danger With the tension between India-Pakistan rising, Darryl D’Monte reports a recent discussion about the confrontation between these two nuclear states.
Government Peace
CONFLICT IN NUCLEAR AGE
World War II redux in the nuclear age A mega Indian Army exercise aimed at sharpening Army's deep strike capabilities in enemy territory concluded last month in Rajasthan. Firdaus Ahmed analyses why having the strike capabilities in this nuclear age might be a mixed blessing.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
DOCTRINAL DISCONNECT
Modi worsens India’s doctrinal muddle In light of events in Pathankot, Firdaus Ahmed analyses Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, given to the military brass last month at the Combined Commanders’ conference aboard the INS Vikramaditya, on the way forward with Pakistan.
Firdaus Ahmed Peace OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
INDIA’S PAK STANCE
Pakistani “idiocy”: A general gets it half right Commanding general of Western Command, KJ Singh recently described Pakistan’s repeated military posturing in the broad framework of history as “the hallmark of being idiotic”. But can India really afford to say that? Firdaus Ahmed presents an incisive inward-looking analysis.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
IROM SHARMILA’S 15-YEAR HUNGER STRIKE
Where suicide is a crime, but not murder For the last 15 years, India has been unable to deal with a fasting, frail poet! Anjuman Ara Begum writes how Irom Sharmila has been waging a protest against the cruel Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, enforced in her home state of Manipur and other parts of northeast India.
MANIPUR Human Rights
MILITARY POSTS
The military musical chairs Key army posts are currently vacant including two very sensitive posts. Firdaus Ahmed highlights the plausible reasons for this hold up by the Indian government and cautions there there could be deeper reasons for this than is being discussed in the media.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED
GEOPOLITICS AND THE MILITARY
What is really driving India’s Pakistan strategy? Our government and the National Security Adviser are promoting 'defensive offence' as India's Pakistan strategy. Firdaus Ahmed explains why that's not the case and that our strategy is more 'offensive-compellence' than 'defensive offence'.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
CIVIL MILITARY RELATIONS
Look who’s doing yoga now! The Indian military has so far maintained a dignified distance from the civilian and government affairs. But now there appears to be an increasing proximity between the military and the government. This does not bode well for India, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE DOCTRINE
The seeds of India’s ‘tough guy’ image Firdaus Ahmed deconstructs the various levels of state and individual dynamics that have led to India’s recent military doctrine of ‘disproportionate response’, as evident in various instances of encounters and killings, including the recent crackdown at the Myanmar border.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
ANTI-MUSLIM BIAS IN THE MILITARY
How deep does our prejudice run? Several recent media reports as well as scholarly literature point to a deep-seated communal bias in certain sections of Indian society. Firdaus Ahmed looks closely at the military and its mutations to explore if it can remain insulated from similar prejudicial leanings.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Society Subcontinental Musings
MODI'S CHINA VISIT
China policy: Will economics trump the military stance? The Indian army’s evolving China strategy, leading to its preparedness for an offensive on that front, seems to have undergone a bit of dilution, as evident in North Block posturing. Is it merely a run-up to Modi’s China visit or is there more to it? Firdaus Ahmed explores.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
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