All stories by Ajai Shukla
SHOCKING! Army's $190m ammo languishes in RussiaRediff.com16 Oct 2020
This is causing a shortfall of critical ammunition within the army at a time when the MoD is making emergency purchases from the global arms market to cater for a possible clash with China.
India gifts sub to Myanmar: The China angleRediff.com16 Oct 2020
In gifting the submarine to Myanmar, India is competing with China for influence in the region.
Where exactly is the India-China border?Rediff.com9 Oct 2020
China has chosen to keep New Delhi guessing, while retaining for itself the option of constantly changing facts on the ground and shifting the LAC westwards -- the strategy called 'salami slicing', notes Ajai Shukla.
HAL choppers are ideal for China borderRediff.com7 Oct 2020
The LCH can provide our soldiers fire support in 15,000-16,000 feet-high contested areas like Depsang, Galwan and the heights north and south of the Pangong Tso, where Indian soldiers are facing off against Chinese intruders.
Why BrahMos is crucial in a war with ChinaRediff.com1 Oct 2020
In any conflict with China, the unmanned BrahMos could be advantageously used in the opening stages for pinpoint strikes on heavily defended targets -- such as air bases, headquarters, key roads and railways or logistics dumps -- which are too dangerous for manned fighter aircraft to attack.
Are India, China preparing for war?Rediff.com30 Sep 2020
RInstead of disengagement, the Indian and Chinese armies have deployed an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 soldiers each along the LAC. The PLA has deployed S-400 air defence missiles to neutralise the IAF's advantage in air power
India cannot avoid hard choices in LadakhRediff.com12 Sep 2020
New Delhi must clearly demonstrate to Beijing that China will pay a price for its relentless strategic undermining of India, says Ajai Shukla.
Special Frontier Force: India's secret weapon against PLARediff.com9 Sep 2020
'The committing of the SFF into operations in Ladakh is a signal from New Delhi of how seriously it takes the Chinese intrusions and the lengths India will go to in combating them.'
What Chinese army is up to at the LACRediff.com8 Sep 2020
Indian Army officers are convinced China is maintaining the pretence of dialogue and negotiations in order to create the opportunity to occupy more Indian territory. Senior Indian planners apprehend this might be a Chinese ploy to divert attention from Depsang, in Northern Ladakh, which might be China's actual target.
How India can kick China out of LadakhRediff.com3 Sep 2020
For both India and China, the most likely option -- and the most challenging -- appears to be a freezing of the status quo.
What Boeing wants to supply IAF, navyRediff.com31 Aug 2020
Boeing is pressing hard to win the Indian Navy contract for 57 aircraft carrier-borne fighters. It could offer the Super Hornet in the ongoing IAF procurement of 114 medium fighters; its upgraded F-15EX fighter also on the list.
When will Indian Army permit women to fight?Rediff.com31 Aug 2020
'Today's India is fearless and is on track to be a great power. But this is definitely not happening without women, who form 48 per cent of our population.'
Indian Army's shopping list worth Rs 300 billionRediff.com27 Aug 2020
'The equipment that you make for us must be the best in the world so that it complements the Indian soldier who is without doubt the very best in the world.'
1 lakh more NCC cadets in 173 border, coastal areasRediff.com18 Aug 2020
'More than 1,000 schools and colleges have been identified in border and coastal districts where NCC will be introduced.'
What has Rajnath ordered for Rs 87.22 billion?Rediff.com14 Aug 2020
The army, air force and navy will all benefit from the defence ministry's approval of 'Make in India' equipment.
LAC Stand-Off: How India will counter PLA's tanksRediff.com10 Aug 2020
DRDO plans to build a tank for use in the mountains and in the jungles.
Modi does not want war with ChinaRediff.com27 Jul 2020
'China has forcibly occupied territory it had never occupied before, blocked Indian patrols' access to areas they had patrolled for decades and, most provocatively, killed 20 Indian soldiers.' 'Most countries would regard these as acts of war.' 'New Delhi has apparently taken off the table the option of evicting the PLA with force,' observes Ajai Shukla.
China has 200,000 troops at LAC!Rediff.com27 Jul 2020
The intrusions into India were likely carried out by the PLA's better trained and equipped 'mobile operational units'.
Mr PM: Allow our military to prove its worth!Rediff.com24 Jul 2020
'All the government needs to do is to identify clear political and strategic objectives and to give the military planners a free hand,' asserts Ajai Shukla.
Ladakh Stand-Off: What India is Buying in a HurryRediff.com23 Jul 2020
On the shopping list: Light tanks, anti-tank guided missiles, UAVs, assault rifles, fighter aircraft.
China be warned! First Rafales to touch down on July 27Rediff.com21 Jul 2020
The Rafales could begin combat operations by September-October, reports Ajai Shukla.
Is LAC going to be like the LoC?Rediff.com17 Jul 2020
Indian Army planners find themselves contemplating the possibility of more Chinese intrusions along the contested 3,488-km border. That could lead to the army having to man a 'hardened LAC' round the year, like the LoC with Pakistan, reports Ajai Shukla.
Doval-Wang talks: 'A double whammy for India'Rediff.com7 Jul 2020
'The Chinese staying put in Pangong Tso, and creating a buffer zone on Indian territory in other areas,' a senior serving general tells Ajai Shukla.
China now step up activity near ArunachalRediff.com30 Jun 2020
Chinese troops are reinforcing their posts in large numbers, increasing their patrolling, stepping up violations in the Tawang and Walong areas.
REVEALED: What China is up to in LadakhRediff.com26 Jun 2020
With the Indian Army having blocked the PLA several kilometres inside India, hundreds of soldiers from both sides remain in a tense face-off.
WORRYING! China increases troops by 30% along LACRediff.com24 Jun 2020
Since the June 15 clash, the PLA has inducted large numbers of troops, armoured vehicles and artillery along the LAC, from Depsang and Galwan in northern Ladakh to Hot Springs, Pangong Tso, and Chushul in central Ladakh, to Demchok and Chumar in southern Ladakh.
Chinese brutally attacked Indian troopsRediff.com17 Jun 2020
Senior officers recounted extreme Chinese brutality to the Indian prisoners, with some of them being pushed over cliffs and soldiers' bodies being recovered from the Galwan River.
COVID-19 claims 1971 War HeroRediff.com16 Jun 2020
Ajai Shukla salutes the memory of Lieutenant General R M Vohra, Mahavir Chakra, who passes into the ages on Sunday.
'Indian Army has stopped PLA quickly and strongly'Rediff.com10 Jun 2020
'The Indian Army is fully prepared for a long and permanent deployment if the PLA does not retreat.'
China has captured 60 sq km of Indian land!Rediff.com8 Jun 2020
Within the army, there is growing concern that New Delhi will allow the Chinese to retain the territory they have occupied in the last month.
What are 10,000 Chinese troops doing in India?Rediff.com2 Jun 2020
The Indian Army has been slow to react. Indian troops have deployed in the vicinity of PLA incursions, but there are no attempts to outflank Chinese positions.
Why India needs more ships like INS JalashwaRediff.com29 May 2020
At war, the Jalashwa can carry and launch a full infantry battalion in a single wave. At peace, the Jalashwa can evacuate 1,000 people in a single trip. Ajai Shukla explains why the Indian Navy's new tender for more ships like the Jalashwa must be treated with special urgency.
COVID-19 delays India's second aircraft carrierRediff.com29 May 2020
For about three more years, the Indian Navy will have to make do with its lone carrier -- the Russia-built INS Vikramaditya.
DRDO gets govt nod to work on biological defenceRediff.com12 May 2020
While it was not directly suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic was related to biological warfare, it is significant that the government is exhorting military laboratories to work concertedly on biological defence.
How Tata Power will upgrade 37 IAF basesRediff.com9 May 2020
This upgrade will allow air operations by military and civil aircraft even in poor visibility and adverse weather conditions.
REVEALED: How much India really spends on defenceRediff.com8 May 2020
'India is ahead only of Pakistan in the amount spent on each soldier a year.' 'The Indian military is a manpower-heavy throng that is poorly armed, equipped, and trained,' observes Ajai Shukla.
Govt may slash defence budget by up to 40%Rediff.com6 May 2020
That would result in the military under-spending about Rs 80,000 crore over the financial year.
The Armed Forces's COVID-19 ChallengeRediff.com1 May 2020
'The COVID-19 pandemic must push the military into a long-term reconsideration of its primary challenges.' 'There must be greater emphasis on humanitarian aid and disaster relief including the management of contagious illnesses and impending crises caused by climate change,' notes Ajai Shukla.
L&T bags hush-hush defence communication contractRediff.com19 Apr 2020
Given the military's requirement for watertight cyber and communications security, L&T will establish a Security Operations Centre which will deal with security threats.
Defence firms divert firepower to fighting coronavirusRediff.com19 Apr 2020
DRDO is developing 15 to 20 products to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic.