articles by Sunil Raman

India

Tata-Lockheed Martin F-16 deal is boost to Make in India, but it'll be a while before IAF is bolstered

United States' Lockheed Martin has tied up with Tata Advanced Defence System Limited to establish a local production facility for F-16 fighter jets for IAF.

Politics

India's next president and vice-president likely to be Dalit-tribal duo; BJP to reject Opposition's demands

Gehlot’s name for vice-president’s post is virtually sealed but Modi has to take a final call on the candidate for the post of president.

India

Overburdened CBI faces staff crunch, huge gap between sanctioned strength of officers and number of vacancies

There is a shortfall of 1,530 officers ranging from those with executive duties to investigating officers in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

India

Emerging Balochistan leaders need India's backing: Modi govt must review policy

Over four months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced support to freedom-seeking people of Balochistan province in Pakistan, different government agencies remain divided on what to do next

India

Lt Gen Bipin Rawat's appointment by Modi government creates unease: Here's why

The decision to appoint Lieutenant-General Bipin Rawat as the next army chief superceding two highly respected and competent officers, has come as a shock to many in the armed forces

India

Narendra Modi likely to appoint Sushma Swaraj replacement during Winter Session

In the coming weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appoint a full-time foreign minister to replace an ailing Sushma Swaraj, who was admitted to hospital last month after kidney failure

India

Heart of Asia Summit: Pakistan to be singled out for terror support at Amritsar meet

Over two months after India’s decision to stay away from Saarc summit in Islamabad saw Pakistan virtually sidelined in the South Asian regional group

India

Russia supports surgical strikes against Pakistan: India mustn't neglect old friends

Amidst news of Russian soldiers landing in Pakistan for their first military exercise, there was welcome news for India when Moscow’s envoy in New Delhi extended unstinted support for last Thursday’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control

World

After Uri terror attack, what are Narendra Modi's options on Pakistan?

If anchors of 24/7 news channels and social media users had their way, India should have by now declared war on Pakistan

World

Exclusive: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend Saarc Summit in Pakistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will not travel to Pakistan in November for the Saarc Summit.

World

Uri attack makes it extremely clear that Pakistan's generals seek only to provoke India

Coming eight months after an attack on IAF’s Pathankot base, Sunday’s attack in Uri that led to 20 soldiers being killed, is one of the opening scenes of a well-choreographed plan thrashed out in Rawalpindi GHQ

World

Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi: Time for India to step up military aid to Afghanistan

When Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday, the background to their talks will be quite different from the one during Ghani’s visit last year

World

Chinese conundrum: Why India seeks to re-engage with Indian Ocean Region nations

India’s belated effort to adopt of a more pro-active role after decades of insular approach was welcomed by representatives and experts with some wondering reasons for India’s disengagement with a region that was its natural neighbourhood.

Politics

On Kashmir, Opposition leaders have absolutely no fresh ideas to offer

Leaders of Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha have managed to get the government to discuss the situation in Kashmir for the second time in the current Parliament session

World

Pakistan must either dump jihadis or get globally isolated, says Husain Haqqani

It is about time the rest of the world understands Pakistan’s complexity instead of military-civil dichotomy, says author and former Pakistan's ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani.

India

China’s Chamoli district incursion: Did Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat overreact?

So far 19 rounds of border talks between the two countries have taken place with little headway on eastern and western sectors.

India

Antonov AN-32 mising: IAF beset with ageing assets, slow decision-making

The AN-32 crash could possibly be a casualty of this but the accident should again refocus attention to the ageing assets of Indian Air Force.

India

Social media makes Salafi Islam's ideas easily accessible and beyond govt control

Kerala leads all states with the number of radical groups, Salafi mosques and such clerics growing over the years.

World

Frustrated with Pakistan, US Congressmen decide to discuss country's support for terror

A hearing at a US Congress joint committee meeting will add to the rethink among US policymakers on the need to reassess policy towards Pakistan.

World

Kishoreganj blast: Deep discord between Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia is costing lives in Bangladesh

Many in Bangladesh's ruling establishment seem to use terms terrorism and criminal acts interchangeably, and there seems to be continued refusal to accept that the country’s security situation has been in a downward spiral for long.