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

With Devas judgement, Modi government cleans yet another UPA mess

India’s case has been bolstered internationally with the Supreme Court judgement, which on Monday dismissed the appeal filed by Devas Multimedia against the decision of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) to wind up the company.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with former PM Manmohan Singh.
Published on Jan 18, 2022 12:59 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Imran Khan batted for Afia Siddiqui in his PTI manifesto so did Pak Senate

Afia Siddiqui, called ‘Lady al Qaeda’ in counterterrorism circles, was arrested in 2008 and convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan. She was closely linked to alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
The manifesto of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had called for the release of Afia Siddiqui.(Reuters Photo)
The manifesto of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had called for the release of Afia Siddiqui.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 09:26 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

SC dismissal of Devas plea to help India in global arbitration

  • Today’s judgment in favour of the Union of India bolsters its case against Devas internationally, especially against the arbitration award for Devas that is under consideration with the judiciary of the Netherlands.
The judgment is the latest chapter in a controversial deal during the previous UPA regime, when, in 2005, Devas entered into an agreement with Antrix, the private sector arm of ISRO to provide high-speed data services using S-band satellite spectrum from Antrix.
The judgment is the latest chapter in a controversial deal during the previous UPA regime, when, in 2005, Devas entered into an agreement with Antrix, the private sector arm of ISRO to provide high-speed data services using S-band satellite spectrum from Antrix.
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 07:29 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Texas hostage taker’s Pakistan connection

According to official sources based in London, Malik Akram was a member of the pan-Islamic Tablighi Jamaat and had travelled abroad for works related to the organisation.
Malik Akram
Malik Akram
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 06:28 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Pakistan sending IEDs into India through land and sea drug route: Intel report

The Ghazipur RDX IED had an electronic timer of one hour eight minutes once the device was armed through remote control.
IED recovered with cash on Indo-Pak border on January 14, 2022. (HT PHOTO)
IED recovered with cash on Indo-Pak border on January 14, 2022. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 03:23 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Ghazipur haul part of a 24-bomb Pak shipment’

According to top Delhi Police investigators who asked not to be named, the Ghazipur device was a tiffin bomb with three kilograms of RDX as the core charge and ammonium nitrate as a secondary charge.
The IED recovered from Ghazipur flower market last Friday was part of the 24 bomb consignment despatched from across the border to create mayhem in India.
The IED recovered from Ghazipur flower market last Friday was part of the 24 bomb consignment despatched from across the border to create mayhem in India.
Published on Jan 17, 2022 07:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

1st S-400 unit to be ready by April, 4 others by 2023

All the five units of the S-400 system, which can take down a hostile aircraft or missile at a range between 40km and 400km, are expected to be operational by next year.
All five units of Indian S-400 anti missile system will be deployed to tackle the threat from China.
All five units of Indian S-400 anti missile system will be deployed to tackle the threat from China.
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 07:55 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Texas hostage situation brings focus back on Al Qaeda

Demand for release of Pakistan-born neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui also called Lady Al Qaeda from US prison has been a common cause for pan-Islamic groups in Af-Pak region and the Levant.
People rally demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in February 2010 of two counts of attempted murder, and who is currently being detained in the U.S. during International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan, (AP)
People rally demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in February 2010 of two counts of attempted murder, and who is currently being detained in the U.S. during International Women's Day in Karachi, Pakistan, (AP)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 06:58 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India-China military talks fail to yield positive results

The Indian Army is believed to have raised the issue of PLA building a bridge over Pangong Tso along the Ladakh LAC
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 07:43 AM IST
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ByShishir Gupta and Rahul Singh

India-China 14th round military dialogue fails to move forward

The 14th round of military talks were constructive but without any positive outcomes. Both Indian Army and PLA commanders will meet again while working towards mutually acceptable solutions.
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Both the Indian and PLA armies are locked in a stand-off all along Ladakh LAC since May 2020.
Published on Jan 13, 2022 09:31 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

US F-18 fighter op-demo in Goa for INS Vikrant in April-May

The other important factor that weighs in favour of the F-18 is that it can fit the INS Vikramaditya or INS Vikrant lift with folded wings without compromising on its operational readiness.
A fully loaded F-18 Super Hornet.
A fully loaded F-18 Super Hornet.
Published on Jan 12, 2022 10:26 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

3 Rafale fighters with Indian enhancements to arrive on Feb 1-2

The last contracted Rafale fighter is expected to arrive in India in April concluding the 36 aircraft contract with France. This fighter, fitted with all India specific enhancements, actually was the first fighter used for training Indian fighter pilots.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
Published on Jan 11, 2022 09:05 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Two years, 5.5 million deaths later, Beijing stonewalls on virus origins

Fearing economic retaliation or plain threat, no country wants to take on China for being transparent on the origins of coronavirus and patient zero in Wuhan.
Wuhan Institute of Virology is suspected to the ground zero of the global pandemic.
Wuhan Institute of Virology is suspected to the ground zero of the global pandemic.
Published on Jan 10, 2022 11:47 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

China targets Lithuania over Taiwan, hits global supply chains

The Chinese import sanction on tiny Lithuania is a veiled threat to other members of the European Union (EU) not to question Beijing. Fact is that the Xi Jinping regime is targeting global supply chains to punish a small country.
By blocking Lithuanian imports including Lithuanian parts for defying Beijing over Taiwan, President Xi Jinping has targeted global supply chains.
By blocking Lithuanian imports including Lithuanian parts for defying Beijing over Taiwan, President Xi Jinping has targeted global supply chains.
Updated on Jan 09, 2022 12:26 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Khalistan separatists plan to show PM Modi as anti-Punjab

While one also understands that the game of these western countries is to keep India on its toes and tenterhooks, the larger plot is to discredit the PM and the BJP before the eyes of the Sikh and Punjabi community.
PM Modi outside Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar in 2015.
PM Modi outside Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar in 2015.
Published on Jan 08, 2022 11:02 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why AUKUS is good to keep China at bay in Indo-Pacific

While France may have legitimate reasons for being upset with Australia for reneging on the submarine deal, the emerging picture in Indo-Pacific clearly shows that AIP submarines would have been a half-measure in containing a belligerent China under President Xi Jinping.
As China is threatening Taiwan on a daily basis by breaching its air defence identification zone, it is for the US to speed up the SSN production for Australia.(AP)
As China is threatening Taiwan on a daily basis by breaching its air defence identification zone, it is for the US to speed up the SSN production for Australia.(AP)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 06:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

PM Modi calls on President; CCS takes up security lapse case

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu also spoke to the Prime Minister about the incident and expressed his deep concern .
The Prime Minister met the President today and gave him a first-hand account of the security breach, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.(PTI)
The Prime Minister met the President today and gave him a first-hand account of the security breach, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.(PTI)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 06:43 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Nuke capable Rafale-M tested for INS Vikrant in Goa

The marine version of the Rafale jet has a reinforced undercarriage and nose wheel, a bigger arrester hook, an integrated ladder, and other minor differences from the Rafale currently in use in the Indian Air Force.
According to people familiar with the matter, the Rafale M is better suited for use on the aircraft carriers than the F18 Hornet fighter from the US for several reasons.
According to people familiar with the matter, the Rafale M is better suited for use on the aircraft carriers than the F18 Hornet fighter from the US for several reasons.
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 10:19 AM IST
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CCS takes up PM security breach in Punjab, Prime Minister meets President

President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed concern about the alleged security breach during PM Modi's visit to Punjab on Wednesday.
PM Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and briefed him about the security breach incident in Punjab.(ANI Photo)
PM Modi met President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday and briefed him about the security breach incident in Punjab.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 01:51 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why AUKUS is good for containing Chinese belligerence in Indo-Pacific?

The signing of security pact between Japan and Australia today brings former World War II adversaries on the same page on Indo-Pacific and acts as a deterrent to Chinese aggression.
Nick-named as carrier killer, the Chinese DF-21 D ballistic missile is designed to keep US aircraft carrier beyond the first island chain, thus giving PLA a free run of the South China Sea.
Nick-named as carrier killer, the Chinese DF-21 D ballistic missile is designed to keep US aircraft carrier beyond the first island chain, thus giving PLA a free run of the South China Sea.
Published on Jan 06, 2022 08:53 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Renaming places in Arunachal is part of Chinese psy-ops

The Chinese move itself was perhaps a reaction of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calling upon His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 21 at McLeodganj. Bhagwat also met the leaders of Tibet Government-in-Exile in Dharamshala.
Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping outside Potala Place, the seat of Dalai Lama, in Lhasa in 2021.
Chinese paramount leader Xi Jinping outside Potala Place, the seat of Dalai Lama, in Lhasa in 2021.
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 01:18 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Navy to test Rafale-M jet for INS Vikrant

The Rafale-M fighter will be pushed through an intensive trial to assess whether it is best suited for IAC-1.
Rafale Maritime Strike fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier.
Rafale Maritime Strike fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier.
Published on Jan 01, 2022 07:17 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Looking Ahead to 2022: Russia: Time-tested relations with broadening horizons

  • This is especially relevant because HT learns that Putin reassured India that Russia’s relations with the country were still important (and warm) despite the growing closeness between his country and China.
That Putin chose to personally come to India, particularly at a time when the coronavirus pandemic was raging in Russia, speaks of his commitment to the bilateral relationship(File photo/AFP)
That Putin chose to personally come to India, particularly at a time when the coronavirus pandemic was raging in Russia, speaks of his commitment to the bilateral relationship(File photo/AFP)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 03:10 PM IST
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Looking Ahead to 2022: A path of deep convergence with the US

  • While the previous UPA II regime could not take advantage of the opportunity presented by the US, the Modi government has taken ties with Washington to higher levels
The India-US relationship is gaining momentum by the day — regardless of who is in the White House.(Reuters )
The India-US relationship is gaining momentum by the day — regardless of who is in the White House.(Reuters )
Published on Dec 29, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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PM Modi's January visit to UAE postponed amid Omicron concerns

According to South Block sources, PM Modi's visit to the UAE and Kuwait will have to be rescheduled due to the rising number of Omicron cases and could possible be held in February.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit the UAE in January. (PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit the UAE in January. (PTI File Photo)
Published on Dec 29, 2021 02:44 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Looking Ahead: France, the ally and partner

France has a special place in PM Narendra Modi’s heart as he hasn’t forgotten that Paris stood for New Delhi when the world declared it a pariah after the nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998
NSA Ajit Doval with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during his visit to France in November. (PTI/ File photo)
NSA Ajit Doval with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during his visit to France in November. (PTI/ File photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 01:27 PM IST
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Diplomatic pressure by Modi govt pays off with SFJ Multani arrest in Germany

The Modi government provided actionable intelligence to German police through diplomatic channels and made it clear that the onus lay on Berlin in case Mumbai or Delhi is targeted by SFJ terrorists at the behest of Pakistan.
Jaswinder Singh Multani is closely associated with all the core members of SFJ. (Sourced)
Jaswinder Singh Multani is closely associated with all the core members of SFJ. (Sourced)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 09:17 AM IST
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SFJ radical Multani arrested in Germany for Delhi and Mumbai terror plots

Previously a resident of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, 45-year-old Jaswinder Singh Multani is a close associate of SFJ founder Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, and is involved in separatist activities, an official said on condition of anonymity.
In August, Multani also radicalised another man from Tarn Taran through social media and arranged two hand grenades for criminal activities, the official said.
In August, Multani also radicalised another man from Tarn Taran through social media and arranged two hand grenades for criminal activities, the official said.
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 07:59 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Vikram Misri is new deputy NSA

  • While Vikram Misri joins the national security council secretariat, Pradeep Rawat has taken over as India's envoy to China.
Vikram Misri will report to national security adviser Ajit Doval.(Twitter / @VikramMisri)
Vikram Misri will report to national security adviser Ajit Doval.(Twitter / @VikramMisri)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 06:36 PM IST
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Missionaries of Charity itself requested SBI to freeze all bank accounts: Centre

  • The Union home ministry issued a statement after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that all bank accounts of Missionaries of Charity were frozen by the Centre.
The home ministry said that no request or revision application has been received from MoC for review of this refusal of renewal.(ANI)
The home ministry said that no request or revision application has been received from MoC for review of this refusal of renewal.(ANI)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 05:52 PM IST
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