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Deepak Sinha

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...

How long will our forces bleed?

Monday, 27 Feb 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

If the political class is unwilling to take steps to sort out the issue in J&K, then the security forces have little choice but to put in place measures to ensure that they do not become the only ones to bear the brunt of violence The recent tragic martyrdom of six...

Merit must reign in the Armed Forces

Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The Government must take a firm stand on higher defence selection. This is difficult but essential. It will define the Prime Minister’s tenure in office For some time now, the Army has been in the news for the wrong reasons, be it the controversy over the selection of the Army chief,...

Money matters in the military

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The only viable option for the Modi Government is to go back to the status quo ante as it existed before the Third Pay Commission started tinkering with the issue of civil-military parity. But sooner or later, the Government must take initiatives to move ahead in this direction When is a...

Brewing storm in a teacup

Friday, 23 Dec 2016 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

The Government has missed out on an opportunity to restructure the defence establishment in a meaningful way On the hotly-debated issue of selection of the Chief of Army Staff, let there be no doubt that hypocrisy and selective use of facts seem to be the norm on both sides of the...

Overhauling defence babudom

Thursday, 08 Dec 2016 | Deepak Sinha | in Oped

Apart from bringing an immediate institutional change, the establishment needs to change its mindset. If technology and state-of-art measures are to be given primacy of place in our military doctrine, a drastic reduction in the size of our forces is also required It is accepted conventional wisdom the world over, ever...


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