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

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is back on high seas

After a major refit of 15 months, India's first aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is expected to move to outer anchorage of Karwar naval base and resume sea trials next month.

Fighter landing and take-offs on INS Vikramaditya will take place in April.
Published on Feb 19, 2023 08:42 AM IST

Pak shadow over Kandahar-Kabul power struggle

Pakistan has reached out to Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akundzada to force Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan terror group to the negotiating table with Islamabad. Taliban Kabul faction is not inclined, instead wants Akundzada to reverse his decision on girl education and working women.

Taliban interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani (Left), supreme leader Hibatullah Akundzada (Centre) and defence minister Mullah Yaqoob (Right).
Published on Feb 17, 2023 11:49 AM IST

Modi’s three-pronged strategy to counter aggressive China

Last-mile connectivity to border villages in Himalayan states, raising of additional ITBP battalions to man Arunachal Pradesh border and a green signal to Shinkun La tunnel to Ladakh are all interconnected to cement Indian defences all along the 3488 km LAC with China.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with ITBP and Army jawans on Diwali Day in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh.
Published on Feb 16, 2023 02:05 PM IST

Modi steps up Ladakh defence, clears Shinkun La tunnel

The new tunnel under 16,703 feet Shinkun La will allow all-weather connectivity to Ladakh from Himachal Pradesh via Manali-Darcha axis and allow faster deployment of Indian troops to tackle any flare up in Kargil-Siachen sector with Pakistan or with PLA in East Ladakh.

Indian Army trucks make their way to Ladakh after Chinese transgressions in May 2020.
Published on Feb 15, 2023 05:37 PM IST

China dithers over IMF’s Sri Lanka debt plan, leaves Colombo in limbo

With China yet to support IMF-Paris Club ’s debt sustainability analysis over loan moratorium and debt restructuring, Sri Lanka may come out empty handed from the IMF's Executive Board meeting next month.

Dire situation for Sri Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe as the island nation desperately needs IMF aid.
Published on Feb 15, 2023 02:07 PM IST

‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ needs private sector, not bureaucracy, to soar

In spite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relentless efforts, the military-civilian bureaucracy is protecting its own fiefdom and is still sitting on allowing majority stake to private entities in a joint venture with defence PSUs.

PM Narendra Modi waving at passing Indian Light Combat helicopters at AERO 2023.
Published on Feb 14, 2023 02:05 PM IST

Amit Shah exposed 1962 war chink in Cong’s Adhir Chowdhury armor

In his demand for an urgent debate on alleged Chinese transgressions across LAC, Opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury forgot that then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru debated Chinese offensive on November 8, 1962 by which time the PLA had captured Aksai Chin and Tawang had fallen.

Home Minister Amit Shah counters Opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on alleged Chinese infiltration across LAC on February 8.
Published on Feb 11, 2023 08:55 AM IST

NSA Doval had rare one-to-one with Putin on Global issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin last week made a very rare exception and summoned visiting Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for a rare one hour one to one meeting to discuss global and bilateral issues.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 09:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Army gears up to face 3-tier PLA deployment along LAC

Military planners say there is evidence of PLA deploying one border regiment, backed by two divisions of Xinjiang and Tibet Military districts with four CABs in reserve across LAC in East Ladakh in the western sector.

According to available surveillance and satellite imagery inputs, Beijing has a three-layer arrangement to project force along LAC with border guards forming the first layer, Tibet military district troops as the second, and reserve troops in the form of light to medium combined armed brigades or CABs (each CAB has around 4500 troops with mechanized elements and armour as per terrain requirement) forming the third. (Reuters File)
Published on Feb 10, 2023 12:52 AM IST

India will never abandon Afghanistan: NSA Doval at Moscow meet

The NSA underlined that terrorism has become a major threat in the region and that dealing with terror outfits like Daesh, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed requires intensified intelligence and security cooperation between respective countries and their agencies.

India NSA Ajit Doval (L) at multilateral meeting on Afghanistan.
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:12 PM IST

Right balance between growth and inflation

Das said the moderate hike in the policy rate gives the central bank the leeway to make appropriate data-driven changes in the policy going forward.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Published on Feb 08, 2023 07:50 PM IST

India planning to send sixth C-17 to quake-hit Turkiye and Syria

The Modi government is working on sending fifth C-17 aircraft to Turkiye today with one C-17 already reaching Syria. All the planes are taking a circuitous route to the quake hit zone as Pakistan does not give overflight permission to even Indian military aircraft carrying aid.

People walk past a collapsed building in Malatya, Turkey.(AP)
Published on Feb 08, 2023 10:20 AM IST

Indian forces seek armed predator drones from US

The Indian armed forces are seeking 18 armed Predator MQ 9A drones from the US, and electronic and spatial intelligence organisation NTRO will soon acquire eight Indian-manufactured medium altitude long endurance (MALE) drones for border surveillance and reconnaissance, according to people aware of the matter.

Indian forces seek armed predator drones from US
Updated on Feb 08, 2023 06:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

How India’s Belt-Road Initiative snub proved prophetic

While China has invested nearly a trillion dollars into the initiative to leverage its financial and political clout with 150 countries, the economic situation of low-income recipient countries is dire and has taken a turn for the worse

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 01:13 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Musharraf, betrayer of Lahore Declaration and architect of Kargil war, dies

Former Pakistan Army Chief and military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf was a military risk taker at heart with excellent tactics but poor strategic understanding. He led Pak Army into war with India at Kargil to avenge 1971 defeat and loss of Siachen Glacier in 1984.

A 1999 file photo of then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and then Army Chief Gen Pervez Musharraf at LoC..
Published on Feb 05, 2023 01:47 PM IST

Doval to talk blunt to UK NSA over Sikh radicalisation

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is expected to convey India's serious concerns over the UK turning a deliberate blind eye towards rise of Sikh radicalisation and anti-India sentiments fueled by Pak Muslims in the country.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 08:49 AM IST

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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 01:39 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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