Defense & Strategic affairs

India’s “Open Door” Policy for US Military Liaison Officers

INDIA and Ghana, the two main allies of the United States are now closer to the US than ever before in their postcolonial history. The two have signed the agreement with the US, which will give easy access to their respective land and airwaves. American forces can move in and out of Ghana and India with minimum paper work and with minimum restrictions. The Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement was ratified by the Ghanaian parliament on March 23, 2018. India had signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) pact with the US in 2016.

Why Protect the US Empire in Maldives?

MODI’S China policy is now taking a U-turn. After few days of vain naval-muscle-flexing and threatening to intervene in Maldives, ostensibly to save democracy, New Delhi is back to talking peace with Beijing. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale has recently visited Beijing. In addition, the government has asked the Tibetan government-in-exile to cancel its two main ‘Thank You India’ events in New Delhi to mark 60 years in exile of the Dalai Lama.

Using the Indian Armed Forces to Bailout Cronies

DEFENCE reforms is the new mantra of the Modi government. Internal restructuring of armed forces organisation and changing the procurement and production procedures of defence products are the twin objectives of the reforms. How the reforms will eventually impact the Indian armed forces is not what the government seems to be concerned with. Its sole purpose of pushing the reforms is to chaperone a few big Indian business houses into the defence game and provide them the opportunities to make big buck. 

Abolish Free Ration for Military to Fill Corporate Pockets

MODI government only wants to milk the sacrifices of armed forces for political gains. It wants to draw maximum political mileage from the body-bags that come from borders. But when it comes to the wages and entitlements of the armed forces, the central government conveniently forgets its commitment to the men-in-uniform. It did not grant One Rank One Pension (OROP) to soldiers and now it is nibbling at their hard-won rights to free rations.     

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