Shishir Gupta

Author of Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (2011, Hachette) and Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and Indian Riposte (2014, Hachette). Awarded K Subrahmanyam Prize for Strategic Studies in 2015 by Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) and the 2011 Ben Gurion Prize by Israel.

Articles by Shishir Gupta

Beyond The News: Boost to tech ties key takeaway of NSA Ajit Doval’s visit

NSA Doval was able to leverage the global strategic relationship with US into enhancing Indian capacity and capability-building rather than merely creating diplomatic space.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the US Department of State, in Washington.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the US Department of State, in Washington.
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 08:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

GE-414 military jet engines set to be manufactured in India

While the Narendra Modi government is tight-lipped about the entire project, HT learns that the GE-414 engine will be manufactured under terms that include 100% transfer of technology

NSA Ajit Doval (right) with US national security advisor Jake Sullivan at the India House in Washington on Tuesday. (Taranjit Singh Sandhu/ Twitter)
NSA Ajit Doval (right) with US national security advisor Jake Sullivan at the India House in Washington on Tuesday. (Taranjit Singh Sandhu/ Twitter)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 09:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India takes up Brampton temple defacing with Canada

While India has taken up Sikh separatists issues with US, Australia, UK and Canada, it is quite evident that London and Ottawa are justifying violence against the Indian diaspora in the name of freedom of speech and using it as minority political pressure point against Modi government.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime MInister Justin Trudeau.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime MInister Justin Trudeau.
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 09:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

China differs with IMF on Sri Lanka debt moratorium

While India has decided to support IMF’s debt sustainability analysis of Sri Lanka with a 10-year debt moratorium and restructuring period of 15 years, Chinese EXIM banks are only willing to offer a 2 year debt moratorium. This may spell further economic pain for the Island nation.

Big story Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Updated on Jan 28, 2023 09:40 AM IST

UK to play third umpire on Kashmir during Pakistan Army chief’s visit

Despite India taking over Britain in terms of economy and global clout, UK still harbours illusions over the Indian sub-continent and likes to play in the Af-Pak region with the help of Pakistan. The Taliban takeover of Kabul in 2021 has been the disastrous consequence of this UK-Pak devil play with Afghan minorities and women thrown to Islamist wolves.

UK PM Rishi Sunak and Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif
UK PM Rishi Sunak and Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 09:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pakistan staring at loan default, economic collapse

Pakistan is facing a grave economic crisis with loan default staring in its face and the IMF ready with tough economic conditions for providing financial assistance.

Pakistan is battling to fix its economic and political fissures amidst the political rivalry between former premier Imran Khan and the current government.
Pakistan is battling to fix its economic and political fissures amidst the political rivalry between former premier Imran Khan and the current government.
Updated on Jan 26, 2023 05:45 PM IST

Why are Andaman and Nicobar Islands a key Indian military asset?

Even though Atal Bihari Vajpayee government created Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair in 2001, the tri-service institution has not lived up to national vision with three services still operating in silos and are wary of committing additional military assets to counter Chinese challenge in the Indo-Pacific.

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan standing in front of a mobile surface-to-air missile launcher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today.
Chief of Defence Staff Gen Anil Chauhan standing in front of a mobile surface-to-air missile launcher in Andaman and Nicobar Islands today.
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 09:59 AM IST

Navy may approach govt for 3 more Kalvari submarines

The fifth diesel attack submarine 1775 tonne INS Vagir was commissioned by Navy Chief Admiral Hari Kumar on Monday at MDL in Mumbai and the sixth of the Kalvari class INS Vagsheer is expected to be commissioned later this year or early 2024.

The Kalvari class submarines or Project 75 was approved by the A B Vajpayee government in 1997 and the project was expedited in 1999 after the Kargil War with Pakistan. (ANI)
The Kalvari class submarines or Project 75 was approved by the A B Vajpayee government in 1997 and the project was expedited in 1999 after the Kargil War with Pakistan. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2023 04:53 AM IST

Why foreign diplomats become wolf warriors in India

While Indian ambassadors to Pakistan and China virtually stay locked up in their embassy compounds and are shadowed by intelligence toughies, their counterparts in Delhi along with others have a free run with no restrictions on their travel or with whom they meet.

Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
Chinese embassy in New Delhi.
Published on Jan 22, 2023 10:05 AM IST

India first in supporting IMF assistance for Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka has more than often played the China card against India and suffered due to white elephant projects funded by Beijing, the Modi government was first out of the block to hand over letter to IMF for debt relief to Colombo.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
Updated on Jan 22, 2023 07:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre orders blocking of tweets, YouTube videos on BBC documentary on PM Modi

Both YouTube and Twitter complied with the order of the Centre which was issued after several ministry officials examined the documentary and found it to be an "attempt to cast aspersion on the authority".

Centre flagged over 50 tweets which had the link to the BBC documentary on PM Modi and asked Twitter to pull them down, sources said. (Reuters)
Centre flagged over 50 tweets which had the link to the BBC documentary on PM Modi and asked Twitter to pull them down, sources said. (Reuters)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 03:56 PM IST

Modi govt to counter biased media narratives

Both the government and the party believe that western Left-Liberal media with support of the deep state will act as a force multiplier to a perceived weak opposition in a bid to oust PM Narendra Modi in 2024 general elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:17 PM IST

'BBC documentary timing is sinister when India…': UK Lord's stinging letter

Lord Rami Ranger has told BBC head that the one-sided documentary hitting at PM Narendra Modi comes at a time when India is President of G 20 and in midst of a free trade agreement between India and the UK.

BBC's documentary on PM Modi is at the centre of a controversy. (ANI/PIB)
BBC's documentary on PM Modi is at the centre of a controversy. (ANI/PIB)
Updated on Jan 20, 2023 09:37 PM IST

Time for bureaucracy to wake up in Jammu and Kashmir

The J&K bureaucracy is safely ensconced in fortress secretariats and does not reach out to people. The traditional babu handling Kashmir in Srinagar or Delhi with convoluted wisdom of past still can’t think beyond two political families of Valley despite clear-cut directives of Modi government.

File Photo of Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in Baramulla in Kashmir.
File Photo of Home Minister Amit Shah's rally in Baramulla in Kashmir.
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 01:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Chinese import surge hits at ‘Make in India’

While India’s exports to China fell sharply by 35.58% year-on-year in April-December 2022 , to $11.03 billion due to contraction in Chinese demand, imports from China rose by about 12%to $75.87 billion in the same period.

File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
File photo of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 09:07 AM IST
ByShishir Gupta and Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya to start sailing end-January

With India’s two aircraft carriers operational by end of this year, the mission objectives of these two warships will have to defined in the Indo-Pacific which goes beyond projecting maritime dominance and gun-diplomacy.

File photo of fighter operations on INS Vikramaditya.
File photo of fighter operations on INS Vikramaditya.
Updated on Jan 18, 2023 10:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pakistan PM wants UAE to mediate dialogue with PM Modi on Kashmir

With Pak economy going down the drain and rampaging political crisis at hand, Pak PM Shehbaz Sharif again raised the bogey of nuclear war to get India to talk on Kashmir as a remnant of two -nation theory.

File photo of Pakistanis fighting over food during on-going economic crisis and high food inflation .
File photo of Pakistanis fighting over food during on-going economic crisis and high food inflation .
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 12:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Isolated China gives up on UN listing of LeT’s Makki as global terrorist

Over the years, China has acted as an agent of Pakistan by blocking India’s efforts to get Pak based terror groups and individuals listed by the 1267 Sanctions Committee. In return, Pakistan gets the Islamic world to remain mum on atrocities against Uighur Sunni Muslims in Xinjiang province by the Chinese Communist Party.

Big story  Lashkar-e-Toiba's kingpins Haifz Saeed and his brother in law Abdul Rehman Makki.
Lashkar-e-Toiba's kingpins Haifz Saeed and his brother in law Abdul Rehman Makki.
Updated on Jan 17, 2023 01:15 PM IST

Increased violence, rock-bottom economy, Pakistan going the Lanka way

The perpetual state of political confrontation, challenge of TTP terrorism, virtual collapse of state institutions and dire economic situation have pushed Pakistan to the brink of anarchy and bankruptcy.

File photo of a violent political protest in Islamabad in 2022.
File photo of a violent political protest in Islamabad in 2022.
Published on Jan 15, 2023 12:51 PM IST

NIA to unravel Pakistani complicity in Rajouri-Poonch terror attacks

The twin terror attacks on seven innocents including two children of the minority Hindu community in Rajouri this month were orchestrated by Pakistan based Laskar-e-Toiba (LeT) group’s chief operative Saifullah Sajjid Jutt from Shakargarh sector across the border.

Home Minister Amit Shah at Jammu on Friday.
Home Minister Amit Shah at Jammu on Friday.
Published on Jan 14, 2023 11:53 AM IST

Revamped US-Japan military alliance spells trouble for China

The rise of militarised Japan with US backing. India standing up against PLA belligerence in East Ladakh and US ally Australia deepening military ties with both Tokyo and New Delhi has changed the Asian security paradigm.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (far left), US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for their meeting during the Quad leaders summit in Tokyo in May 2022.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (far left), US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for their meeting during the Quad leaders summit in Tokyo in May 2022.
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 02:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Indian Navy may repeat Kalveri class submarine order

Indian Navy is all set to bury fresh acquisition under Project 75 I and may go for repeat Project 75 order to MDL with DRDO proven and tested air independent propulsion system fitted into the new submarines under “Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”

File photo of Kalveri class Vagir diesel; attack submarine being launched in Mumbai.
File photo of Kalveri class Vagir diesel; attack submarine being launched in Mumbai.
Updated on Jan 11, 2023 02:17 PM IST

Jaishankar is spot on, Pakistan targeting India with terror and radicalisation

Data indicates that the majority of India’s internal security situations are being sponsored by Pakistan, which itself is begging alms from the world for its economic survival.

PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.
Published on Jan 10, 2023 09:06 AM IST

Decolonise mil-civil bureaucracy for 'Aatmanirbhar' Bharat to succeed

While India’s close partners US and France are willing to jointly design, develop, manufacture hardware systems with private and public sector, it is the military-civilian bureaucracy tribe that cannot make up its mind and is running round in circles

PM Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah
PM Narendra Modi with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 12:05 PM IST

PM Modi to meet military chiefs in March, theatre commands on anvil

The Combined Commanders’ Conference in Karwar this March will take decisive steps towards creation of much awaited military theatre commands with three services conveying their views over the proposal in writing.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after commissioning aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi after commissioning aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
Updated on Jan 08, 2023 11:53 AM IST

Modinomics of the Budget

Data does not lie. India has been able to manage its economic affairs better than most of the countries including advanced economies. Barring “compulsive contrarian” (a term used by former finance minister Arun Jaitley), all, including major multilateral agencies, acknowledge skilful management of the economy by the Modi government.

Big story Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Updated on Jan 07, 2023 12:35 PM IST

Ukraine-Russia war to spark further global uncertainty

During his weeklong visit to Cyprus and Austria, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar found Europe uncertain about the future as Ukraine takes upper hand in the war with Russia. The other worry is Chinese belligerence in Indo-Pacific.

EAM Jaishankar with his Austrian, Czech and Slovak counterparts in Vienna last week.
EAM Jaishankar with his Austrian, Czech and Slovak counterparts in Vienna last week.
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 03:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India-France to join hands in fighter and submarine design and manufacturing

The 36th India-France dialogue will record a forward movement today with French President Emmanuel Macron committed to support Modi’s India for developing advanced military industrial complex.

Big story The 36th India-France Strategic dialogue will be held this afternoon and lead to other high level exchanges coming March.
The 36th India-France Strategic dialogue will be held this afternoon and lead to other high level exchanges coming March.
Published on Jan 05, 2023 09:18 AM IST

PLA posture on LAC is at odds with Wang Yi’s conciliatory remarks

While State Councilor Wang Yi talked about China ready to work with India for steady, sound bilateral ties with stable border before he demitted office of Foreign Minister, the PLA is still to undertake any action to de-escalate military posture on the LAC.

PLA build-up in the eastern sector after May 2020 transgression in East Ladakh is being watched by Indian Army
PLA build-up in the eastern sector after May 2020 transgression in East Ladakh is being watched by Indian Army
Published on Jan 02, 2023 11:00 AM IST

Future road tunnels in border areas may house ammo and missiles

With future wars to be fought using stand-off weapons like long range rockets and missiles, national security planners are considering multi-purpose tunnels in border areas with side tunnels used for storing ammunition and having missile sites to protect them from enemy missile attacks.

Construction activity at Sela Tunnel in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh (HT)
Construction activity at Sela Tunnel in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh (HT)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 10:45 AM IST
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