Category Archives: Indian Air Force

Why was MiG-29 missing in action? And, why the ‘stability-instability paradox’ has proved a dud

[IAF’s MiG-29 at a forward base] The delayed Indian riposte to the Pulwama attack finally took place with the aerial attack on Jaish-e-Mohammad ops centre in Balakot, fairly deep into the Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. It played out, however, in … Continue reading

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China is the villain

[Xi in Pakistan]   ‘The Week’ published the following column of mine in its Feb 23, 2019 edition, advising that in all the raked up excitement over Pulwama-Balakot, India’s main threat — China not be lost sight of, at https://www.theweek.in/theweek/cover/2019/02/23/china-is-the-villain.htmlContinue reading

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India Has To Solve The Pakistan-Sourced Terrorist Problem By Itself 

[In the wake of the Pulwama suicide attack] [Published in BloombergQuint. com on Feb 18, 2019 in my occasional Realpolitik column, at https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/india-has-to-solve-the-pakistan-sourced-terrorist-problem-by-itself#gs.Iohjmoso  ] Owing to the image Prime Minister Narendra Modi has projected of himself and his government as … Continue reading

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Talk of avenging Pulwama attack hot air: Here’s how to deal with Jaish-e-Mohammad, other terrorist groups

(After the Pulwama attack) It is funny how, and with what ease and confidence, Islamabad time and again reduces India to a blabbering mess. Over 40 CRPF men get blown up by a suicide bomber who rams his RDX-laden Scorpio … Continue reading

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The Rafale conundrum: Who induced PMO to accept extortionist terms and how did France get such a sweet deal?

  (Anil Ambani preparing for a Rafale sortie) Akin to the exquisite Chinese torture by water endlessly hitting the forehead, drop at a time, leading the victim to own up, confess, recant, the drip, drip, drip publication in newspapers of … Continue reading

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Rafale: A political disaster foretold

(Modi enjoying a boat ride down the Seine in Paris with President Hollande in April 2015) On April 17, 2015 — some 11 days after Modi had made the surprise announcement in Paris when on a state visit about his … Continue reading

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How’s HAL not culpable for the Mirage 2000 crash (with addendum plus)?

(Mirage 2000 crash site) So Squadron Leaders Sameer Abrol and Siddarth Negi of the Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE) are dead in a frontline Mirage 2000 2-seater combat trainer aircraft HAL had just upgraded. They were on an “acceptance … Continue reading

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