Commentaries & Articles
Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX): Where do We Stand?
Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) and the Defence India Start-up Challenge (DISC) platforms
The iDEX platform was launched in April 2018 under the DIO (Defence Innovation Organisation) and the aim was for “creation of an ecosystem to foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging industries including MSMEs, Start-ups, Individual Innovators
Post-election turmoil within Nepalese politics
Nepal politics never has a dull moment. From elections to government formation to maintaining the government, each aspect of Nepal politics is nothing short of a thriller. In 2022, Nepal held its second local, provincial and federal elections since the 2015 implementation of its Constitution. The results were an incredible amalgamation of the unlikeliest of alliances and fierce power struggle within the Parliament.
Pervez Musharraf : The 1999 coup
With the death of Gen Pervez Musharraf in Dubai on 05 February 2023 an era has ended in Pakistan. While his complex legacy will be debated and discussed over the next few months and even years, it is useful to look back on the manner in which he ousted the elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a coup in October 1999. This is especially so in view of the recent developments in Pakistan. Musharraf, of course, called his actions as the ‘counter-coup’ and termed Nawaz Sharif’s attempt to dismiss him as the ‘coup’.
Xi Jinping Preparing to Initiate another ‘Party Rectification’
Since Chinese President Xi Jinping withdrew the stringent zero-Covid restrictions overnight and eased the campaign against China’s tech platforms, there has been considerable speculation in the international media to suggest that Xi Jinping had been weakened by the popular protests. A few observers suggested that some members of the Politburo or its Standing Committee had together urged Xi Jinping to amend the policies. There are, however, no indications that point to a weakening of Xi Jinping’s power or authority.
India Launches World’s First Intranasal Anti-Covid Vaccine
On 26th January 27, 2023, Bharat Biotech launched the world’s first intranasal vaccine against Covid 19 in New Delhi. The vaccine uses a modified chimpanzee adenovirus to carry the Covid spike protein and cannot replicate in the body. It was developed with the support of the Department of Biotechnology and through a partnership between Bharat Biotech and Washington University- St Louis.
Imperatives for Reconsideration of the Armed Forces Doctrines
Modern warfare dictates different Services and indeed different components of national power to be brought together intelligently to achieve unity of command and unity of effort. Modern warfare is also extremely complex, and no two wars can be stated as being similar.
Balloon Surveillance and the Near Space Region
With the US shooting down a fourth unidentified object over US airspace on 11 Feb 2023, it has been an unprecedented week or so for NORAD and the homeland defence. Among the four objects that have been brought down is the well publicised Chinese balloon that was shot down by an F-22 using a single AIM-9X missile from an altitude of about 18,000 meters (58,000 feet) on 04 Feb 2023. The other three that have been brought down have not been “identified” with reports ranging from octagonal shape to unknown origin. This has led to some bizarre speculation as to their nature and origin.
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