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Archana Masih

Archana Masih frequently contributes military features to Rediff.com. You can read some of her features in the related links alongside. You can e-mail the author at archana_masih@rediffmail.com

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'Since August 2019, I've done business only for 25 days'

'Since August 2019, I've done business only for 25 days'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'What matters right now is what I am able to do in these times of distress for the people of J&K.'

'NEP is anti-India'

'NEP is anti-India'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'The NEP is a threat, not a hope.'

'Kashmir can't be reduced to a lab experiment'

'Kashmir can't be reduced to a lab experiment'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'Nobody can control Kashmir and what happens here.' 'Even a government with a full sweeping majority and strong mandate hasn't been able to control the state.'

'Please don't think Kashmiris have accepted it'

'Please don't think Kashmiris have accepted it'

Rediff.com6 days ago

'Please don't think that Kashmiris have accepted the abrogation of Article 370.' 'Please don't misconstrue silence as acceptance.'

Covid warriors: 'This is your time to serve the world'

Covid warriors: 'This is your time to serve the world'

Rediff.com3 Aug 2020

'It was a privilege to work for the country.'

The young women at the forefront of the covid war

The young women at the forefront of the covid war

Rediff.com30 Jul 2020

'Florence Nightingale made her mark serving wounded soldiers in a war.' 'This is our time to serve in another health crisis.'

'It is such a cruel disease'

'It is such a cruel disease'

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

'Interns, fresh MBBS graduates, nursing students, young doctors and nurses have brought pride to their degrees and their oath by courageously donning the PPE and caring for patients.' 'They are the foot soldiers of this war.'

This Covid warrior was showered with petals

This Covid warrior was showered with petals

Rediff.com24 Jul 2020

"I am not afraid of COVID-19.'

'I operated upon 300 soldiers, and lost one'

'I operated upon 300 soldiers, and lost one'

Rediff.com22 Jul 2020

'Unless you capture territory and plant your flag, the war is never won.'

'We would see who would blink first'

'We would see who would blink first'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'Everytime the Chinese raised the issue of our patrol crossing the line, I told them let's not fight over a line that does not exist yet.' 'Commanders resolved such situations sitting across the table, sometimes we posed veiled threats about creating problems elsewhere along the 800 km frontier as a tit-for-tat.'

'We will lick the Chinese!'

'We will lick the Chinese!'

Rediff.com17 Jul 2020

'The Chinese -- up to the highest leadership -- will avoid a conflict because they know they will be badly licked.' 'The reputation they have painstakingly built over the last two-three decades of being a global power will be destroyed.'

'Mumbai should have lesser cases from August'

'Mumbai should have lesser cases from August'

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

'Mumbai is at a peak, from here it can only be a downward trend.'

From the 'war room' of the fight against COVID-19

From the 'war room' of the fight against COVID-19

Rediff.com13 Jul 2020

How a swanky Mumbai cultural venue was transformed into a contact-less facility to combat coronavirus.

Remembering a Hero

Remembering a Hero

Rediff.com2 Jul 2020

Two months ago, May 2, Major Anuj Sood made the supreme sacrifice for the motherland in a hostage-rescue mission in J&K. As his grieving family grapples with their immense loss, they graciously share memories of the young major -- a husband, brother and son -- whose only calling was the fauj.

'No place in India can compare to the strategic importance of Leh'

'No place in India can compare to the strategic importance of Leh'

Rediff.com1 Jul 2020

'The Ladakh Scouts are a fantastic mountain troops suited to this terrain.' 'Other troops have to first get acclimatised, but these men are tough mountain people.'

'If our troops had fired, anything could have happened'

'If our troops had fired, anything could have happened'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'It could have moved from the use of small arms to artillery fire.' 'Anything could have happened like what happens on the LoC.'

'India has limited military options'

'India has limited military options'

Rediff.com24 Jun 2020

'How and if India retaliates will go a long way toward determining the trajectory of this crisis.'

'Ladakh crisis could tempt Pakistan to take advantage'

'Ladakh crisis could tempt Pakistan to take advantage'

Rediff.com24 Jun 2020

'Pakistan has robust incentive to turn heat on LoC.'

Meet the Indian soldier who guards the Chinese border

Meet the Indian soldier who guards the Chinese border

Rediff.com19 Jun 2020

'It is a miracle how a soldier handles the lack of oxygen, stands his post and also confronts the Chinese at 14,000 feet where survival itself is a challenge.'

'To deal with a bully, you have to look him in the eye'

'To deal with a bully, you have to look him in the eye'

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

'To deal with a bully, you have to deal from a position of strength, not a position of weakness.'

'An honourable army doesn't fight with stones, batons, spikes'

'An honourable army doesn't fight with stones, batons, spikes'

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

'I am ashamed we are dealing with such adversaries.'

'China is doing a tit-for-tat'

'China is doing a tit-for-tat'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'They have done in Eastern Ladakh what we did in Dokalam in 2017.'

'India-China relations will get more difficult'

'India-China relations will get more difficult'

Rediff.com12 Jun 2020

'India and China have the wise and sage leadership to steer this complex relationship in the coming decades.'

'There will be a return to CAA/NRC soon'

'There will be a return to CAA/NRC soon'

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

'At a time when the economy is depressed, a pandemic is raging, and the Chinese are making noises on the border, the NRC could be resuscitated.'

'Modi retains an advantage nationally'

'Modi retains an advantage nationally'

Rediff.com9 Jun 2020

'Right now, politics is operating in a state of suspended animation. That works to Modi's advantage.'

A salute for Major Suman Gawani

A salute for Major Suman Gawani

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

Major Suman Gawani, who served as a UN Peacekeeper in South Sudan, is the first Indian to receive the UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award. 'On seeing the Indian flag on my uniform,' she says,' the locals would get very excited and say, 'Hindi, Hindi'.'

'We should defend this land even if it means we have to fight a war'

'We should defend this land even if it means we have to fight a war'

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

'The Chinese have been moving in step by step; inch by inch for the last 40 years.'

'India should tell China to get lost'

'India should tell China to get lost'

Rediff.com4 Jun 2020

'We are not going to be threatened by China neither are we going to threaten China.'

'China must know India won't back down'

'China must know India won't back down'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'India is not going to accept whatever the Chinese say. That is not going to happen.'

'China must know Indians are no pushovers'

'China must know Indians are no pushovers'

Rediff.com27 May 2020

'We will not accept these misadventures by the Chinese.'

'Air travel will come back much bigger'

'Air travel will come back much bigger'

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'The safety regulations drastically reduce the chances of contracting the virus on a two-hour flight.'

'The migrants need help now more than before'

'The migrants need help now more than before'

Rediff.com21 May 2020

'Many are coming hungry and thirsty.' 'Some told us they were stopped from filling water at roadside village handpumps because villagers told them 'tum Carona ho'.'

'Life will go on, so will our grief'

'Life will go on, so will our grief'

Rediff.com19 May 2020

'Jawans are not rich and their families need succour in their time of loss.'

Civilians in the army: 'They won't be involved in combat'

Civilians in the army: 'They won't be involved in combat'

Rediff.com18 May 2020

'Yet, in J&K even if you are not involved in active combat, you can come under enemy fire.' 'However young a soldier is, he is not immune to action.' 'He may face challenges during the course of discharging his military duties.'

When the 'Rajwar Tiger' made the supreme sacrifice

When the 'Rajwar Tiger' made the supreme sacrifice

Rediff.com14 May 2020

'A tiger knows his territory in and out.' 'A tiger demarcates his terrain and never lets anyone enter.' 'Similarly, Ashu knew the trees, houses, rivers and rocks of the Rajwar jungles.' 'He didn't allow any militant to come into his territory.'

The 70-year-old COVID-19 Warrior

The 70-year-old COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com12 May 2020

'I am not scared of corona, I am sure God is protecting us.'

'He was a daredevil'

'He was a daredevil'

Rediff.com8 May 2020

Major Anuj Sood, scholar and daredevil soldier, had finished his Kashmir tenure and would have been home had COVID-19 not come in the way. He did not live to be old enough, but he lived the soldier's life to the fullest, reveals Archana Masih/Rediff.com.

The train that took me home!

The train that took me home!

Rediff.com6 May 2020

'After days of waiting in uncertainty and anguish, I was finally going home.'

'I remember Irrfan as warm, friendly, thoughtful'

'I remember Irrfan as warm, friendly, thoughtful'

Rediff.com5 May 2020

'Different people resonated with different films of his, but beneath all of that was his unique ability to capture the human spirit in an intimate and honest way.'

These COVID-19 warriors are an inspiration for India

These COVID-19 warriors are an inspiration for India

Rediff.com2 May 2020

'We got so many calls after the attack.' 'Loved ones told us forget all this, nothing was more valuable than our lives.' 'But we said, 'No, this wasn't the way forward -- the people, society, the country needs us at this time.'

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