My First Love with an Urchin by Col Ajay Dogra

It was love at first sight - My first love. The moment I saw him, I knew that we have a deeper connect which is much beyond the physical dimensions of this creation. He was just few days old - white as snow, nimble as a deer and sounded like a humming bird. He barely knew how to stand but used to tumble towards me; the moment I was in sight. I couldn’t help but lift him in my arms the same way I lifted my son when he was born. We immediately named him guga, the pet name we used to call our son when he was few months old. He was born to a street side bitch whom we lovingly called mumma.

Olympic Glory and the factors behind it – Decoding Rise and Falls of Sporting Nations by Col Ajay Dogra


1.     The Olympics has not only been an ultimate test of the sporting prowess of a person, but has also defined national pride and culture since 1896. The growth of a nation can be directly associated with its medal tally in Olympics. The pain and ecstasy of a player on the sporting field of the Olympics is felt by each citizen of a nation and gives them the resolve and motivation to work for the glory of the nation.

Ceasefire and India-Pakistan Relations: Overcome the Past to Give Substance to the Future, by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM*

With the strategic community’s focus and attention towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in recent months, little attention was paid towards the potential for change at the western border with Pakistan, and at the LoC. Fairly indicative hints by General Bajwa, the Pakistan Army Chief through his recent statements did not find too many takers.

Jammu & Kashmir: A year after: Last year’s big moves broke self-perpetuating cycle, could potentially end intractable proxy war

On this day last year, much against the run of events in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), the Centre took some major decisions to give a new course to the proxy hybrid war troubled state. It involved two basic changes: abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution which gave J&K a special constitutional status, and its administrative downgrade from a single state to two separate Union Territories of Ladakh and J&K.

India-China Clashes at Northern Borders : Strategic Implications

Two clashes have occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers in recent days, one each in North Sikkim and East Ladakh. These are strange clashes by military standards as no firearms were used and there were no gunshot wounds or blast injuries. Yet five Indians and seven Chinese personnel have been injured and not in any superfluous way.

India needs to hit Pakistan economically; carry out limited military operations

For almost eight months Kashmir has been quiet, both in the streets, the jungles and the mountain tops. However, with effect, early April this year terrorist-related incidents have been on the rise, at the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland. South Kashmir is active but there also appears an intent to activate North Kashmir. The streets so far are quiet and devoid of the activities of rabble-rousers and stone-throwers.

Major cadre restructuring for Indian Army : Short service being overhauled, retirement age being raised

The armed forces are now close to finalising the long-pending package to make short-service commission (SSC) more attractive for bright youngsters, with measures ranging from grant of paid study leave to a golden handshake at the end of their tenures of 10 to 14 years, in the backdrop of the continuing shortage of officers and the urgent need for cadre restructuring.

Hima Das - A symbol of Pride and Hope for the complete nation

Hima das - The Golden Girl of Indian Dreams | The Feat and the History :: It’s a matter of great pride and happiness for Indians as one of our daughters has created history by giving India its first gold in individual track events. Even greats of PT Usha and Milkha Singh who are glorified in the country could not get a gold in their athletic careers. “While you all were sleeping, I rocked the world,” said sensational 18-year-old athlete Hima Das.