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Pursuit of durable peace in West Asia

Both sides in the Israel-Hamas war are focusing on the method (violence) and not on the goal (peace with dignity), which is a sure recipe for more violence.

A picture taken from the southern Israeli city of Sderot shows smoke ascending over the northern Gaza Strip following an Israeli strike on October 25, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Oct 25, 2023 10:13 PM IST

The Agnipath scheme needs a pause and rethink

Such a fundamental churn should have been implemented in stages through pilot projects, just the way short service commissions and the entry of women was done in different branches.

In Agnipath, 75% of such agniveers would be bid goodbye; the armed forces would be losing human resource at a stage when combatants would be ideally placed to form the business end of the stick. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2022 02:42 AM IST

India’s armed forces are apolitical. Ensure that they remain so

The Indian military belongs to the nation and not any political entity, and any action that besmirches this standing will be deleterious to their professional prowess 

War is a whole-of-nation approach, and that means the military and the non-uniformed, the government and the Opposition, critics and protagonists, with the ball stopping at the political executive’s table. This happened with Jawaharlal Nehru in the 1962 debacle, Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965, Indira Gandhi in the resounding 1971 victory and AB Vajpayee in Kargil (1999). (AP)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 08:43 PM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

The weaponisation of food is taking a new form. It could change warfare

Insect Allies, a defence programme, may enable attacks on an adversary’s food crops, with far-reaching impact

The programme opens up an avenue for the implementation of devious intent to squeeze an adversary, on an immediate basis (one growing season), in a precisely targeted way, of crops of importance(Raj K Raj/ Hindustan times)
Published on Nov 19, 2019 07:43 PM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

Drone arms drop: A new security threat emerges on India’s western border | Opinion

Pakistan’s drone drop reflects inimical intent and enhanced capability. Our offensive defence must continue

The insane proliferation of drones has worried security establishments across the world(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 08, 2019 06:52 AM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

Opinion| After India’s air attack, onus of restraint on Pakistan

India’s air strike on the terrorist camp in Balakot has made its intentions clear – hereafter, a strike by Pakistan through unconventional means will not go without a response on Pakistani territory, and will not be restricted to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

People attend a candle light vigil to pay tribute to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who were killed after a suicide bomber rammed a car into the bus carrying them in south Kashmir on Thursday, in front of India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2019.(REUTERS file photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2019 07:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByManmohan Bahadur

How to make the defence ministry fighting fit

The scholarly attributes of Army personnel can add value to the defence sector

After the China war in 1962, many committees recommended lateral moves into the civil services and central police forces. The ethos of discipline, diligence and military professionalism would enrich these entities no end, these committees felt(Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 21, 2018 07:58 AM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

RIP Arjan Singh: The spirit of IAF’s 1965 war hero and its only Marshal lives on

Arjan Singh is the first and only officer to have been elevated to Marshal of the Indian Air Force. He died on Saturday. He led the IAF during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict.

A file photo of Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, who died on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2017 09:30 PM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

Six reasons why a No First Use nuclear doctrine is good for India

The NFU policy is just right for India as it ensures security for the nation and does not detract it from its march towards better prosperity for its masses

As Manohar Parrikar said, India is a responsible nation; hence, India’s nuclear capability and resolve of its leadership should be the signals that convey India’s nuclear posture through its NFU doctrine.(PTI)
Updated on Nov 18, 2016 11:50 PM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

Giving machines a mind of their own

With the rapidly increasing use of intelligent machines like unmanned aircrafts in modern warfare, the definition of the term 'human' seems to demand a revision, Manmohan Bahadur writes.

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Updated on Oct 31, 2013 12:02 AM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

In search of scholar warriors

India is poorer for having recently lost Padma Bhushan Air Commodore Jasjit Singh, the doyen of Indian strategic thought who fine-tuned the art in the company of the legendary K Subrahmanyam. Manmohan Bahadur writes.

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Updated on Aug 08, 2013 12:31 AM IST
ByManmohan Bahadur

No made-in-India tag yet

To get our military shield or dhaal a genuine ‘Made-in-India’ tag, maybe we need a Nelson Mandelasque ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to help see the truth. It is time the defence sector in India opened its doors to private players. Manmohan Bahadur writes.

Updated on Jul 17, 2013 07:23 AM IST
None | ByManmohan Bahadur

Cowards don’t make history

Last year, around this time, the agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear plant was making front page news. After government’s emissaries failed to convince the locals about the project, an emotive approach was attempted: the government sent a son of the soil, a famous scientist and who had been the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Manmohan Bahadur writes

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Updated on Sep 25, 2012 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByManmohan Bahadur

Heroes on the heights

The 25th anniversary of the Siachen operations passed in silence. Manmohan Bahadur writes.

Updated on May 22, 2012 09:03 PM IST
None | ByManmohan Bahadur
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