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A culture of exceptionalism is eating away at hard-won military gains — in armies across the world

The new ‘bearded warriors’ who would emerge to take over from regular infantry battalions. Image: Rolling Stone

The nuclearisation of the Indian sub-continent

Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface Nuclear Capable Ballistic missile successfully launched from a canister on a road mobile launcher at the Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, on December 10, 2018. (Image: Government of India)

Texas’ unprecedented cold snap has tested the renewables story

Austin, Texas on February 15, 2021 (Image:AFP)

Small electricity retailers in Texas were paying customers to…

The birth of the cantonment and its fraught relationship with the Indian public

General Wheeler’s entrenchment near Cawnpore photographed in the 1860’s, after the mutiny (Image: Felice Beato and Henry Hering, courtesy the Getty’s Open Content Program)

It is not about the crash/rise — it is what comes after

Photograph: AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images, Guardian

Five of the eight Commander-in-Chief level posts will have new incumbents this year

The Biennial Infantry Commanders’ Conference, 27 November 2019. Is our next Army Chief present here? And the next, and the next? But of course he, and he, and he, will be from the infantry? (Image: ADGPI)

The nation of action, and civil servants, is clueless in an emergency

A deserted Regent Street, London (Image:AP/Frank Augstein)

The cash guzzling and inept Government-owned businesses in India need to go

How has this travesty survived this long?

In a country where the privy purse was abolished by Indira Gandhi in 1971, the real Maharaja has survived on government handouts for another 50 years.

“Prices will have to rise” is the only recourse left

Last gasp. (Source: The Economist, February 9th, 2019)

In fact, in the long run, it is the only winning strategy

Chinese soldiers spotted with medieval weapons near Rezang La in the Eastern Ladakh sector (Image: India Today)

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