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Ajai Shukla: Midwifing new aircraft

With no discernible hand at the tiller, the defence ministry seems directionless and inept. The caretaker minister, Arun Jaitley, appears to have neither the time nor the experience to chart a bold, new direction. Mr Jaitley's first defence Budget ...

Ajai Shukla: Turmoil on the Western Front

On June 15, after years of vacillation, Pakistan's Army launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb, which is named after the Holy Prophet Mohammad's sword in the battles of Badar and Uhud. Ground troops advanced into North Waziristan to confront jihadi groups ...

Ajai Shukla: Promoting 'swadeshi' in defence

It remains to be seen whether Arun Jaitley directs most of the capital budget to the international arms bazaar or to shoring up India's defence production capability

Ajai Shukla: Defence needs projects, not FDI

There are widespread misconceptions about raising the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit in defence production.

Ajai Shukla: Pressing the reset button in MoD

Defence Secretary R K Mathur, like his counterparts in other key ministries, will soon make a presentation on the defence ministry to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his recommendations to the prime minister, Mr Mathur - a far-sighted bureaucrat ...

Ajai Shukla: Failing to plan, planning to fail

Each defence service plans in competitive isolation, making maximalist demands and then negotiating with the other two services to expand its budgets, force levels and turf

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