Political ammunition

Political ammunition

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 | Pioneer

A new factory to manufacture rifles for the Army is welcome but its location in Amethi will inevitably ruffle feathers Events of the past few weeks have highlighted just how slow the process for acquiring new hardware for Indian soldiers, aviators and seamen is. While the MiG-21 Bison that was...

Don’t destroy Aravallis

Don’t destroy Aravallis

Saturday, 02 March 2019 | Hiranmay Karlekar

Haryana’s recent legislative amendment to the land preservation Act will play havoc with the hill range and the environment. Voices against it must get louder The Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Act (PLPA), passed recently by the Haryana Legislative Assembly, has understandably alarmed those who care for the ecology of...

Aravali development

Aravali development

Friday, 01 March 2019 | Pioneer

Amendments to land preservation Act will save some landowners but rampant development must be checked The Haryana Legislative Assembly recently passed some crucial amendments to the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), which will now allow municipal corporations such as Gurugram, Faridabad and further north, Panchkula, to allow development in certain...

Encashing Pulwama

Encashing Pulwama

Friday, 01 March 2019 | Pioneer

Political parties must not squabble over airstrikes, which have effectively changed our counter-terrorism module Does it occur to our politicians that an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot probably had a horrid time in Pakistan’s custody, that our neighbour did attempt a war psychosis and it doesn’t behove us to use...

A highly strategic corridor

A highly strategic corridor

Friday, 01 March 2019 | Claude Arpi

During the 1962 war, China’s Air Force was not in a flying condition because of lack of fuel. It possibly got some from Tajikistan, where it is building its new base. We must keep a watch A couple of weeks ago, The Washington Post published an article titled, ‘In Central...

Lessons from Bandipur

Lessons from Bandipur

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | Pioneer

Frequent forest fires in the Nilgiri biosphere mean tighter monitoring and tracking climate change The massive forest fire that engulfed Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka may have abated for the moment but we have to tackle a bigger ecological crisis that’s threatening the region. And that is the forests in these...

Pakistan cornered

Pakistan cornered

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | Pioneer

The retaliatory strike was expected but India now needs to  keep up a diplomatic offensive and get back IAF pilot When you are pushed to the wall, there is little else you can do except flail your limbs violently in confusion and chaos. That’s what has happened with Pakistan, which expectedly...

Calling Pakistan’s bluff

Calling Pakistan’s bluff

Thursday, 28 February 2019 | Ashok K Mehta

Like the surgical strikes failed to deter Pakistan from cross-border infiltration, deep penetration air strikes, too, will not stop it from waging a proxy war. Change has to come from within India crossed the red line in Pakistan for the first time since 1971 when its Air Force carried out audacious...