Battle Box – story of a bunker
Fort Canning Hill or Bukit Larangan (Forbidden Hill), as it was originally know, dominated the landscape of the island for centuries before being dwarfed by the tall structures of the concrete jungle that Singapore is today. Soldiers and rulers have always had a fixation with heights – for purposes of tactical and psychological domination. Hence, this…
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CQMH Abdul Hamid – the Hero of Asal Uttar
As the COAS visits the village of CQMH Abdul Hamid, PVC, on the 52nd anniversary of his epic anti-tank battle, here is an extract from my book “Brave Men of War” about the hero of Asal Uttar.
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Aam Aadmi Khaas Baat
Latest in the series of embarrassing revelations about the ostentatious lifestyle that Aam Aadmi Party leaders, and in particular their supremo Arvind Kejriwal seem to leading, is a set of bills for catering at his official residence. Raised by The Delhi Tourism and Tpt Development Corporation, they are for meals provided by Taj Mahal Hotel…
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The PM’s Speech
I gaped at the screen in horror. The prime minister was addressing the nation – an unscheduled talk announced just 30 miutes back. It was ten minutes into the speech and my despair grew with every word he uttered. On the screen, he adjusted the mics and hiked his sleeves for the nth time, shuffled…
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Breaking the Neo-Caste Barrier
An interesting, and for most of us, encouraging, phenomenon is visible in India today. It is the brick by brick dismantling of the neo-caste system in our society. Of course, the caste system per se was abolished by our constitution shortly after independence, yet the same independence slowly engendered this other, equally insidious neo-caste system…
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Appointment of Army Chief – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
Overlooking the principle of seniority in appointing the army chief could open door for future political interference in the armed forces.
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Civil Military Relations
Is the Indian Army in Danger of Being Politicised?
The following article appeared in The Quint. Original can be accessed here. Gen Dalbir Suhag, the present army chief is due to retire at the end of this month. However, in a surprising break from past practice, the name of his replacement has not yet been announced. As things stand, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, the…
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Aam Aadmi Party and the demise of hope
The Aam Aadmi Party which began as a people’s movement to bring about change in politics has degenerated into yet another political party with all the ills and ails. This is because it’s been hijacked by the personal ambitions of an unscrupulous leader. To save the movement, the party needs to ditch the leader and restore its values.
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Send in the Army
The government shouldn’t hesitate to use the logistic and manpower resources of the Armed forces to alleviate sufferings of people over the Demonetisation
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An Open Letter to Aakar Patel
Dear Mr Patel, This is in response to your piece published in today’s TOI under a presumptuously named column ‘AakaarVani’. I’m writing this to correct you on some factual and a lot of perceptual errors that seem to behind almost every sentence in the piece. I’m writing in the hope that you may correct these,…
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