The Iron in our Soul

By Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)
April 13, 2017

"The point I am making is elementary. If we want to be a super power, now is the time to start acting like one. Let’s be practical. Soft states are not invited to sit at the high table of the United Nations Security Council. Human Rights are important, but they are not the reason that the sun rises in the East and sets in the West. Lets not make these rights the cornerstone of our national philosophy. The five permanent members of the UNSC are perhaps the worst human rights violators on earth. And they are the ones who get to point fingers at India’s so-called “excesses” in Kashmir. Russia and China have murdered millions of their own citizens and sent many more to death camps. America has waged more wars than all the other nations on earth combined. England and France have the worst colonial records, marred by plunder and slavery".

Media Duplicity and Lawlessness in Kashmir: To the Editor, The Times of India

KK Kak
21st April, 2017

This refers to your editorial "Srinagar Live" (ToI 17/4/17,

It is ironic that you blame inflamed tempers in Kashmir on aggressive majoritarianism in other parts of the country - especially BJP-ruled states. Tempers have been inflamed in Kashmir since long before the BJP came to power. In fact, one could equally argue that tempers have been inflamed in the rest of the country by aggressive Muslim majoritarianism in Kashmir. One of the slogans in the recent UP elections - following reports of Hindus being driven out -was 'don't let Kairana become like Kashmir'.

For 'all-weather friend' China, Pakistan to ramp up breeding of donkeys

Shailaja Neelakantan

NEW DELHI: China is investing as much a $50-odd billion in Pakistan for CPEC, so Pakistan, which will do anything for its 'all-weather' buddy China, is ramping up donkey breeding for China.

Sources have told Pakistan's The Express Tribune that the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government will soon begin a project to increase the donkey population in the province.

India's Military Deterrence and Modernisation in an Era of Optimal Warfare

By Lt. Gen Philip Campose
Centre for Land Warfare Studies

This article is written as a sequel to the previous one articulated a week ago on ‘Optimal Warfare.’ In that, the author had argued that, ‘optimal warfare’ – a limited, calibrated, controlled and hybrid mix of various means of war fighting – is likely to be the new warfare concept of the foreseeable future,  which, in India’s case, would be fought under a nuclear overhang. Nonetheless, it needs no reiteration that, even against such a backdrop, military deterrence against potential adversaries would be an essential part of India’s national security strategy. And continuous military modernization, which is an important factor contributing to our military deterrence posture, would be as relevant as the earlier concept of ‘all out wars’, even if implemented selectively and progressively. Also, in keeping with its major power aspirations of the future, India needs to modernise its military without further delay.


Eighteen Years Ago: NATO's War of Aggression Against Yugoslavia: Who are the War Criminals?

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
Source: Global Research.

Eighteen years ago in the early hours of March 24, 1999, NATO began the bombing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. “The operation was code-named “Allied Force ” – a cold, uninspired and perfectly descriptive moniker” according to Nebosja Malic.

This article was first written in May 1999 at the height of the bombing of Yugoslavia.

The causes and consequences of this war have been the object of a vast media disinformation campaign, which has sought to camouflage NATO and US war crimes.

Why India did not hard-sell the release of 93,000 Pakistan POWs at the Shimla Summit, 1972

By Sashanka S Banerjee

Dear Friends,

Indeed very informative and interesting. I wonder what India could have done or should have done. We do blame the Iron Lady for this disastrous move, but perhaps there were other ways to get over it. I listened to the lament by the famed DP Dhar, our ex Ambassador to Moscow and later Min with Indira ji. I was the Asst LO and Interpreter (Chief LO Lt Gen KV Krishna Rao) with a Soviet delegation led by their Defence Minister, including the Soviet Naval and Air Chiefs in Feb 1975. During the banquet at the Ashoka Hotel, thrown by Sardar Swaran Singh, our RM, Mr DP Dhar got up and headed for the lift. I had known him well from Moscow and as he passed me, I wished him and asked if he needed anything. He just nodded and signaled for me to come with him. We went down and then he got to the lawn on the side and started walking. I could make out that he was a little agitated. The banquet was held immediately after a meeting attended by the PM. He kept talking of various issues, particularly Pakistan betrayal and the US connivance to that, and the reason why the Soviets had to be in India to hold our hands at that time, All this not much understood by me, till he suddenly came up with Shimla Agreement,turning towards me, he said, "Can you imagine a greater blunder than this" or words to that effect. I was a mute listener He then said that number of solutions were proposed to Madame, but she got so baffled by Bhutto, that she would not listen to any of us.

I did not much understand at that time, but later and now with the interesting article below, things are a bit more clear. Do read and educate yourselves

Jai Hind

Niranjan Malik


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