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Deepak Sinha

Sweeping the Armed Forces away

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The Prime Minister must be complimented for his ‘Swachh Bharat' programme. But surely, there can be nothing more thoughtless than an attempt to use the military as one vast force of safai karamcharis. To take advantage of a disciplined force is foolish and inherently dangerous We are unfortunate to belong to...

The need for military overhaul

Friday, 08 Sep 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

If Prime Minister Modi is interested in more than optics to deal with challenges the PLA can or may pose, then the new Defence Minister has her work cut out. Incremental changes will mean little If optics were the only thing that mattered, India would undoubtedly be the leading super power...

Supine leadership and its consequences

Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

It is high time that politicians stopped convincing themselves that regardless of what they do, the Armed Forces will continue to do their bidding and perform to their fullest. While in politics, the consequences of loss tends to be temporary, the same cannot be said of in war We were recently...

Nothing upright about Adarsh

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

One can but hope that the Adarsh building is demolished, as that would symbolise the success of good over evil. This is essential so that the construction becomes the centre-piece of military ethos The Adarsh Housing Society scam was recently in the news once again after the Ministry of Defence instituted...

Making sense of OBOR response

Tuesday, 30 May 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Analysts may be right to suggest that India cornered itself by not attending the OBOR meet. But it national identity considerations are important. Sometimes, one has to suffer to uphold prestige There is more than a little irony to the fact that it has taken just about a 100 days for...

Strengthening the defender

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Our police and various forces are capable of tackling serious insurgencies. But they are badly led and poorly trained. They lack not manpower but organisational ethos Our political class is yet to learn from our own history that we were subjugated over centuries because those in power were unwilling to accept...

Implications of CRPF restraint

Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The video of a CRPF personnel being roughed up and abused by mobs in the valley is only a superficial symptom of a larger malaise within that organisation. Reasons for this state of affairs are too well known to bear repetition. The Government will do well to take urgent steps The...

Old war with no gains in sight

Monday, 10 Apr 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

New Delhi was quick to highlight the importance of bilateral dialogue being the only way forward to resolve issues between India and Pakistan when President Trump sought to pro-actively mediate between the two. But the fact is, we haven't been going anywhere with it By all accounts, it’s going to be...

Body-blow to motivated activism

Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

In defeating Irom Sharmila, the voters of Manipur have demonstrated their opposition to her call for the revocation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the State. It also exposes human rights activists of all hues That Irom Sharmila, well- known human rights activist from Manipur, synonymous with her 16-year-...

One huge mockery of justice

Tuesday, 07 Mar 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Politics must have played a huge part in the 2005 Delhi blasts case investigation not being re-opened after new evidence came up. Why did neither the police nor the then Government take cognizance? Was this because the Congress itself was a divided house? It is not surprising that the verdict on...


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