Maintaining the invisible line in civil-military relations

In Indian Air Force, LATEST NEWS

The eighty-seventh anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) closed on a somewhat sombre note a few weeks ago with the media flashing images of the Raksha Mantri (RM) in France performing ‘shastra puja’ rituals on the first Rafale aircraft that adorned IAF tri-colour roundels and the controversy that inevitably followed.

Clearly, the operational significance of the IAF finally receiving a weapon system for which a requirement has existed for fifteen long years, was not as news-worthy. Indeed much of what was said by the defence ministers of India and France and indeed the CEO of Dassault Aviation on this significant occasion got buried in the noise which was then magnified in the social media.

Not surprisingly, the subject took on political overtones and in response, the RM was quoted as saying ‘People can say whatever they want. I did what I thought was right and I will continue to do so. This is our faith, that there is a superpower and I have believed it since childhood.’ Read more

You may also read!

Pakistan has a new & dangerous peep-hole into Indian military. But New Delhi has a plan

The Army in a recent advisory has asked its personnel to be wary of ‘spiritual gurus’ and ‘babas’ on


Kulbhushan Jadhav Case: ‘Decision to be Taken in Accordance With Pakistani Laws While Honouring ICJ Verdict’

Islamabad on Thursday clarified that decision about Kulbhushan Jadhav case will be made in accordance with Pakistani laws while


Rafale verdict will strengthen govt hands in future defence purchases

The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Rafale case seeking a review of the fighter jet deal is out. The


Mobile Sliding Menu