Reforming defence planning in India

Context: • The government has decided to establish an overarching defence planning committee (DPC) under the national security adviser which is being seen as a significant change in India’s defence planning architecture. • The aim is to leverage this cross-governmental body—comprising the chairman of the chiefs of staff committee, three Read More …

Revisit AFSPA

Context: The Centre’s decision to revoke the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Meghalaya and reduce its ambit in Arunachal Pradesh is welcome insofar as it signifies a willingness to reconsider the use of the special law as and when the ground situation improves.  The extent of ‘disturbed areas’: The extent of Read More …

National Policy and Action Plan

Context: Naxalism was once called by the government as the biggest internal security threat faced by the country. However, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Maoist influence has been gradually shrinking. In figures released on Monday, the MHA, which recently redrew the red corridor, brought down the number Read More …

Border Protection Grid

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting with the Chief Ministers of the Indo-Bangladesh Border (IBB) States. The Home Minister, giving highest priority to making borders secure, had earlier conducted border specific review meetings for Indo-China, Indo-Myanmar, Indo-Pakistan borders. The importance of securing the country’s borders and Read More …

Bad Rabbit Ransomware – What is it?

Context: A suspected variant of Petya, Bad Rabbit is ransomware—malicious software that infects a computer and restricts user access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. What is BadRabbit and how does it work? A new ransomware campaign, dubbed Bad Rabbit, has hit a number of high profile Read More …