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Dr N C Asthana IPS (Retd)

Dr. N. C. Asthana, IPS (Retd) is a former DGP of Kerala and ADG BSF/CRPF. Of the 51 books that he has authored, 20 are on terrorism, counter-terrorism, defense, strategic studies, military science, and internal security, etc. They have been reviewed at very high levels in the world and are regularly cited for authority in the research works at some of the most prestigious professional institutions of the world such as the US Army Command & General Staff College and Frunze Military Academy, Russia. The views expressed are his own.

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Controlling Crime in India: “Fancy Windows” theory   

“Fancy Windows” Theory states that if the police punish the rich and the powerful, small-time criminals would be discouraged from pursuing crime.

Armies Are ‘Paper Tigers’ Without Combat Experience

You cannot hope to survive a street fight if you have been ‘exercising’ with every bit of protective gear! Get real, or get killed.

Combat proven weapon systems

While ruggedness and reliability are intrinsically important for weapon systems, there are two more hallmarks of greatness. One is, of course, combat performance, and the other is numbers produced. A weapon system is produced in large numbers only when it has proved itself.

Cost effective, combat-proven vs. fancy, unreliable weapons

Except for USA, Russia, UK, France, Germany, China, Israel and Sweden most other nations spend billions of dollars for importing weapons because they can’t make their own. Question is how do these nations decide which weapon system to buy?

Importing advanced weapons and equipment alone doesn’t make a nation strong

Merely importing arms doesn't necessarily make a nation strong. While acquiring advanced weaponry can enhance a country's military capabilities, there are several other factors that contribute to a nation's strength.

Fujian China’s third aircraft carrier – a new threat to India

China recently completed the 8-day maiden sea trial of 80,000 ton Fujian - its most advanced domestically built third aircraft carrier.

China’s hacker army and the race to control the cyberspace

The race to control cyberspace is a complex and ongoing challenge, with countries around the world developing their cyber capabilities and defenses.

Anti-Drone technologies – not fool-proof

Anti-drone, Counter-drone or Counter-UAS (C-UAS) technologies encompass a wide range of solutions to detect, classify, and mitigate drones.

Iran, the ‘Axis of Evil’, needs to be brought down to...

Israel can no longer be secure fighting just Iran’s proxies but rather must target Iran itself. Israel must now strike directly within Iran and hit them hard. The world simply cannot afford nuclear weapons in the hands of these religious fanatics. If we do not bring down Iran to its knees today for whatever reason, we will be condemned to regret it forever.

How Russia punishes traitors and defectors

Last August, a Russian helicopter pilot Maksim Kuzminov flew to Ukraine and handed them the helicopter and a cache of secret documents

Malicious propaganda against Allahabad HC judgment on Madarsas

In a landmark judgment on March 22, 2024, a Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court struck down the UP Madarsa Education Act, 2004

Nuclear weapons: Putin has a point

In an interview Putin boldly declared, “Weapons exist in order to use them.” Russia’s nuclear threats are condemned as sabre-rattling

Why doesn’t the Iron Pillar at Delhi rust despite heat, rain,...

The Iron Pillar of Delhi hasen't rusted or corroded despite being continuously exposed to heat, rain, humidity, air, and dust for nearly 1,600 years

Indian achievements in surgery

During the 6th  Century BCE, Sushruta – widely regarded as the ‘father of surgery’ – wrote one of the world’s earliest works on medicine and surgery.

Hindus made the best steel and swords in the world

The steel produced by the Hindus was famous throughout the world even 2,350 years ago in recorded history! Swords made of Indian steel were actually the stuff of legends.

Kailasnath Temple, Ellora – World’s Envy, Hindus’ Pride

The Kailasnath Temple- a rock-cut temple at Ellora is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the largest monolithic structures in the world

Will Russia win the Ukraine war?

Russia is like a tough boxer with the proverbial ‘granite chin’ or an ‘iron jaw’. She will take any amount of punishment without flinching and yet come back fighting to eventually win the war.

What do Houthis gain by attacking ships in Red Sea?

Houthis are Shia Muslims comprising about one-third of the population in Yemen, which has a Sunni majority. They call themselves Ansar-ul-Allah.

Muslims in Israel –‘Eternal Outsiders’?

Muslims comprise 18.1% of the population of Israel, the only Jewish nation in the world. Very few Muslims volunteer to join the IDF lest they may be called traitors

Deepfake videos will prove to be a nightmare for the courts

As technology develops Deepfake videos will be so good that even specialists will find it difficult to identify deepfake videos in a ‘legally tenable’ manner.

Israel-Hamas War Cannot be Bloodless

Full marks to the Israelis for punishment to the terrorists. If the world ever gets rid of terrorism, most of the credit will go to this war of Israel.