Fog clears over industrial licensing for defence industry but questions remain

There seems to be no clear advantage of giving an overarching role to the Ministry of Home Affairs as regards formulation of policy or grant of industrial licence for manufacture or export of defence items.

May 29, 2017

Global Consequences of the Trump Presidency

President Trump’s victory and his subsequent actions after assuming the presidency seem to indicate the US withdrawal from a leadership role towards a degree of insulation from world affairs.

May 26, 2017

Portents of France’s International Posture under Emanuel Macron

Emanuel Macron is likely to set different trends with regard to policy towards the EU, the Francophone region of Africa, the UN, major powers as well as medium and pivotal countries like India and Japan.

May 24, 2017

Strategic Partnership Model – formulation of the scheme a big challenge

The objective of promoting Indian industry can be achieved in a simpler manner if after selecting the platform to be inducted MoD leaves it to the foreign OEM to tie up with the Indian company of its choice.

May 22, 2017

Preference for Local Industry in Defence Contracts: What India Can Do

The new enabling provision in GFR-2017 provides the MoD a chance to amend its own procurement document and include a provision of production reservation and price preference for domestic industry.

May 22, 2017

Need for incorporating a limitation of liability clause in defence contracts

It would be both graceful and fair to pay a reasonable amount that is seen as equitable compensation for infringement of the fundamental right to life or damages arising from tortious liability of the government.

May 17, 2017

Salafi-Jihad in Kashmir: New Cat among the Pigeons

The growing vilification of the Kashmiri movement by Salafi-Jihadi terror groups is a part of their overt radicalization attempts aimed at hijacking the sub-nationalist insurgency.

May 15, 2017

Furthering India-Japan Defence Cooperation: Arun Jaitley indicates a new approach

While there is no doubt that India could do with help from Japanese defence firms, the modality of acquiring technologies from foreign companies in general requires to be clearly articulated.

May 15, 2017

Pakistan, Masood Azhar and Terrorism

The revival of Jaish indicates that Pakistan will continue to utilise terrorism as an instrument to advance its geo-strategic agenda in South Asia.

May 15, 2017

The Agni-II Trial Failure: Evaluation rather than Flagellation is needed

The Agni family has had a successful series of user trials extending over several variants and a number of years which should give some confidence in the robustness of the design, development, testing and induction process.

May 15, 2017