Sandeep Unnithan
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The writer is Executive Editor, India Today.

POLITICS

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DailyO's Good Books: 'Operation X: The Untold Story of India's Covert Naval War in East Pakistan 1971'

Presenting a riveting excerpt from Captain MNR Samant and Sandeep Unnithan's thrilling account of the war that made Bangladesh and India's secret naval service that swung the war.

VARIETY

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Why India left the US ‘hanging’ and bought powerful S-400 missiles from Russia

The US had offered India defence equipment to counter Russia’s offer and even gave India warnings of ‘consequences’ but India didn’t give in.

POLITICS

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A Balakot that wasn’t: Vajpayee planned strike post Parliament attack in 2001

A Prime Minister to Remember written by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar reveals the aftermath of the brazen terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament and the ill-timed Operation Parakram.

POLITICS

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India’s Infantry Combat Vehicles project may just die from apathy

With the Army failing to convince the bureaucracy to push the project through, it will float in an eternal orbit.

POLITICS

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Kaun banega COSC or Chairman of the Chiefs of Staffs Committee?

Without a mandate and clearly defined executive powers, the permanent COSC may just remain a ceremonial post of little consequence.

POLITICS

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Why Army will have to wait more for new carbines

A technical committee of the ministry of defence has raised questions over pricing.

POLITICS

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Sri Lanka’s Islamist nightmare: Why the investigation is being closely watched by India and Maldives

The ISIS aims to heighten religious tensions through mass casualty attacks on places of worship. Sri Lanka has so far not focused intensively on ISIS recruits and splinter groups. That will change.

POLITICS

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Mission Shakti: Technology demonstrator or new weapon in the arsenal?

The Project Shakti technology demonstrator brings out India’s latent capability to detect, track and destroy satellites in orbit. It is unclear whether this test was a one-off or the start of a formal ASAT programme.

POLITICS

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The red tape and delay in procuring specialised firepower from the United States

The elite Special Force units have resorted to stripping de-commissioned battle tanks or using weapons recovered from militants in the absence of the equipment to be procured from the US.

POLITICS

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To Russia with love: Undeterred by looming threat of US sanctions, why India is going ahead with joint ventures with Russian arms firms

A majority of the government-to-government deals are being directly steered by the PMO underlining their strategic nature.