As the dust and din settles after the very successful G20 Summit hosted by India on 9-10 September 2023, it is time to revisit the key outcomes.  The theme of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam- One Earth, One Family, that share One Future- underlined India’s abiding belief in inclusivity and interdependence- also clearly underlining the complexity of the current […]

Categories: Defence

Every year there is a notable concern about India’s defence budget.  These concerns emanate from three principal issues for India this year.  The three key drivers First, the continuing crisis on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that India shares with China has pushed India’s military into an accelerated need for modernization. This is also […]

Categories: Defence, Security

On May 24, 2022, at Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) in Tokyo, the four world leaders agreed upon an important initiative which will offer the Quad significant dual-use capability when fully operationalized. There have been repeated suggestions from think tanks across the world for Quad to add demonstrable teeth to address one of its important charters […]

Categories: Defence, Navy

On April 20, 2022, the sixth and the last of SCORPENE submarines was launched by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar at Mumbai. This brings to end the Project 75 contract with Mazgaon Docks Limited. The submarine has to undergo setting to work of various equipment followed by harbor trials. The Naval crew will take her […]

Some hard-nosed calculation based on realpolitik paved the way for the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Delhi, for the Covid-interrupted 21st annual India-Russia Summit. The timing of the meeting, just before the Biden-Putin virtual summit and the conference of democracies hosted by the US President, was significant. The last in-person summit was […]

Categories: Defence, Geopolitics, Security

The Taliban has won in Afghanistan. The last bastion of resistance, Panjshir, has fallen. A new Islamic Emirate is set to be established. And the international community is busy making short-term tactical adjustments to cope with the new realities, with some pleased (Pakistan), some wooing the Taliban and vice-versa (China and Russia), and others (including […]