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

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

Rediff.com2 days ago

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.'

'If people die of hunger, that will be a great shame for the nation'

'If people die of hunger, that will be a great shame for the nation'

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

'Everybody should be given rations. Nobody should be excluded.' 'Without an income, the present ration quota is not enough.' They should increase it so that one person can eat adequately for a month.'

SAD! The PLIGHT of Bihari students in Kota

SAD! The PLIGHT of Bihari students in Kota

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'I don't think I can go back home before the lockdown is lifted because Nitishji has said he will not allow students from Kota to return.'

Varanasi station has been their home since the lockdown

Varanasi station has been their home since the lockdown

Rediff.com24 Apr 2020

'The government and railways are looking after us, but I just want to get home.'

COVID-19: 'Light at the end of the tunnel'

COVID-19: 'Light at the end of the tunnel'

Rediff.com23 Apr 2020

'We know there will be an end to this epidemic temporarily.' 'We probably should get a couple of years break before it comes again.'

Meet an IAS officer COVID-19 Warrior

Meet an IAS officer COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com20 Apr 2020

'Villages are much better prepared than towns as far as COVID-19 is concerned.'

The real COVID-19 warrior in the village is a woman

The real COVID-19 warrior in the village is a woman

Rediff.com17 Apr 2020

'I set out really early because it gets very hot.' 'The soles of my feet burn by the time I have finished going house to house on foot.'

'Mumbai is doing a good job'

'Mumbai is doing a good job'

Rediff.com15 Apr 2020

'Safest' looks like a phone booth, but is a state-of-the-art mobile COVID-19 testing lab.

Why Kerala has succeeded and Maharashtra is struggling

Why Kerala has succeeded and Maharashtra is struggling

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

'Around April 1-2, both states had similar number of cases, around 300.' 'The number of deaths in Kerala were 2 and in Maharashtra around 10. But the two graphs have diverged after that.'

'We have to avoid an explosion of numbers'

'We have to avoid an explosion of numbers'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2020

'... so that the hospitals do not get overwhelmed. We have to avoid it at all costs.'

COVID-19: 'There will be significant discoveries'

COVID-19: 'There will be significant discoveries'

Rediff.com9 Apr 2020

'Scientists around the world are focused on very quickly doing work to help us better understand what we are facing.' 'I am inspired by what scientists have found in such a short amount of time since the virus emerged.'

How will India's poor cope with this crisis?

How will India's poor cope with this crisis?

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

'Unless the State is a welfare State, unless the State has more welfare measures, it will not be able to deal with these kind of sudden situations.'

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