David Devadas

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Will India face a China-Pakistan war in November?

Will India face a China-Pakistan war in November?

Rediff.com17 Oct 2020

The Indian Army's Northern Command would be stretched if all three of the corps under it -- based in Leh, Srinagar, and Nagrota (near Jammu) -- were to face hostilities, notes David Devadas.

J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha gets down to business

J&K Lt Governor Manoj Sinha gets down to business

Rediff.com12 Aug 2020

Some of the BJP panches and councillors who attended the meeting with Manoj Sinha said they were not impressed with what the new lieutenant governor told them.

Why Modi chose Manoj Sinha as J-K lieutenant governor

Why Modi chose Manoj Sinha as J-K lieutenant governor

Rediff.com8 Aug 2020

'Sinha's skills at resolving contradictions will be required to smoothen the functioning of the bureaucracy which has been so fractious that it tripped up even a seasoned bureaucrat like his immediate predecessor, G C Murmu,' notes avid Devadas.

How the army taught the Chinese a lesson

How the army taught the Chinese a lesson

Rediff.com28 Jul 2020

The Chinese probably thought that brutal assault was a knock-out, but they had not counted on the ingenuity, loyalty and courage of battle-trained Indian officers and jawans.

Something bigger is afoot than just shifting the LAC a couple of km in Ladakh

Something bigger is afoot than just shifting the LAC a couple of km in Ladakh

Rediff.com27 Jun 2020

The government must figure out what the Chinese game plan is and thwart the endgame before it is upon us, possibly in early winter, advises David Devadas.

How Bihar Regiment's bravery at Galwan stunned China

How Bihar Regiment's bravery at Galwan stunned China

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

A senior officer confirmed that the Indian soldiers fought valiantly and with tremendous grit "till the last", even to the extent that half of them died in battle, reveals David Devadas.

The general defending Ladakh against the Chinese

The general defending Ladakh against the Chinese

Rediff.com8 Jun 2020

Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, who commands the 'Fire and Fury' 14 Corps, has the experience and talent to face down the Chinese challenge. The general is a rare combination of thinker and tough-minded doer, observes David Devadas.

250 days after 5/8, tense summer ahead for Kashmir

250 days after 5/8, tense summer ahead for Kashmir

Rediff.com11 Apr 2020

'Terrorists are killing ordinary citizens, huge crowds brave a pandemic to attend militant funerals, and artillery is booming on the LoC.' 'This April seems like a run-of-the-terror-mill Kashmiri spring: Violence is emerging like a prickly new bud,' warns David Devadas.

AAP's use of Hindu symbolism is a sign of the times

AAP's use of Hindu symbolism is a sign of the times

Rediff.com14 Feb 2020

As the campaign peaked, AAP leaders evidently realised they had to deflect their chief opponent's attempts to polarise the electorate over religious identity, explains David Devadas.

Many questions about rogue cop Davinder Singh

Many questions about rogue cop Davinder Singh

Rediff.com29 Jan 2020

Why did RA&W hire a man with a questionable record, wonders David Devadas.

Communication blockade strikes at the heart of Kashmiri life

Communication blockade strikes at the heart of Kashmiri life

Rediff.com3 Sep 2019

'Those who have not lived and imbibed the social and cultural patterns of Kashmir cannot quite fathom the importance of inter-personal communication in Kashmiri society,' says David Devadas.

Govt's arguments valid, but have little to do with Article 370

Govt's arguments valid, but have little to do with Article 370

Rediff.com16 Aug 2019

A lot of the factors towards which the government has pointed to justify its moves on Jammu and Kashmir are in fact valid. Only, most of them have little to do with Article 370, says David Devadas.

Undoing Jammu and Kashmir's integration

Undoing Jammu and Kashmir's integration

Rediff.com7 Aug 2019

The new legislation on J&K puts a cloud over the state's constitution, through which the state became `an integral part' of India, says David Devadas.

The Dragon in the Valley

The Dragon in the Valley

Rediff.com17 Jul 2017

It has been obvious that the Sino-Pak axis would conspire to weaken India's sovereignty in Jammu and Kashmir, if not wrest Kashmir, says David Devadas.

It's time for the government to cut its losses

It's time for the government to cut its losses

Rediff.com4 Mar 2016

'In order to restore things to even keel, the government would be very well advised to cut its current political losses and work towards healing wounds across the nation. It still has its work cut out. It will have to work very hard to repair the political damage among Dalit and tribal communities,' says David Devadas.