THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
18 October 2017
Government : Nat. Security
NUCLEAR AGE WAR
The myth of a nuclear peace

The  two-front war remark made by the Indian Army Chief recently makes Firdaus Ahmed question the usage of nuclear weapons in case of such a war.

OP-ED Subcontinental Musings

NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
Mapping India’s doctrinal movement The recently released joint doctrine shows a movement in India's strategic, nuclear, conventional and sub-conventional doctrines. Firdaus Ahmed claims that this necessarily will not make India any safer.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
NUCLEAR THREAT
The hovering nuclear clouds Is India shifting its nuclear strategy in a new direction? Firdaus Ahmed analyses what that would mean.
OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
KASHMIRI WOMEN’S DAY OF RESISTANCE
The “disappeared” Kashmiris Pushpa Achanta writes about the challenges and aspirations of people in Kashmir on Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance which is observed today (Feb 23rd).
Human Rights Jammu and Kashmir
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.
Government
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.
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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
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