Indian aerospace industrial capabilities have come a long way from rudimentary to independent design and development stage. However, the next phase of evolution depends on a more robust infrastructure, inclusivist R&D eco-system, diffused skills and most importantly, a clear direction from and determined support by the State.
Environment has never been a popular subject for India’s major political parties during general elections. Even in the post-1972 UN Conference on Human and Environment period or post-1992 Earth Summit scenario when environment emerged as a strong international and national issue, seldom has environment found an appropriate space in party manifestos in India.
After the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, much was expected from the second summit held during late February 2019 at Hanoi. The first round was historic but the second round turned out to be a disaster with the summit ended abruptly. After the first summit, North Korea had begun to dismantle a missile engine test stand at Sohae. Post the failure of the second summit, however, some reconstruction has been noticed at this site. Is this symptomatic of the failure of diplomacy or it is a bit premature to write an obituary of peace in the Korean peninsula?
The Kumbh Mela gets a staggering footfall, and in case of any probable chemical attacks, the statistics are bound to be sky-high in terms of mass murder and epidemic. If anything remotely similar to a chemical attack is carried out at such places and gatherings, it would turn out to be a massive disaster for India and one of the biggest security failures of the country.
Approximately, 65% of India’s defence equipment imports are from Russia. However, slowly this long-term buyer and seller relationship is evolving into a collaborative relationship in military-technology area. This issue brief traces the history of India-Russia military-technology collaboration and argues that this is an opportune moment to take this cooperation to a higher level.