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19 Apr 20
1. @khamenei_ir's statement needs to be seen in the context of the "Battle for Dominance" of the Islamic World between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Riyadh's position as the leader of the Muslims has been under threat from Tehran right after the Islamic Revolution of 1979
2. The genesis of this war is a war of ideologies among the two sects of Islam ; 'Shia' and 'Sunni' with Sunnis being the dominant population in the Middle East , North Africa , Pakistan , Indonesia , India and Malaysia.
3. The Muslim populations of most of these countries look towards Saudi Arabia (Custodian of Mecca and Medina) or Iran for support and guidance on issues of religious conflict , regional conflict , social trends and laws. It is a dotted line relationship.
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5 Apr 20
It is not often that a news article gets stuck in your mindspace.With #COVID19 spreading a pall of gloom ; new infections , deaths , ventilators , PPE and above all #China dominates every piece of breaking news
Images from @JetPhotos
However a recent story by @Ashoke_Raj for @ANI @livemint and @EconomicTimes broke the mould and brought a smile on many a face.Special Evacuation Flights by @airindian , an extra cheerful Pakistani ATCO (Air Traffic Controller) and loads of pleasanteries and praise
A story which had too many things going right for it. News that stood out as mushy and unreal and had to be investigated atleast to the extent Open Source information would allow
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26 Mar 20
Drawing from Yun Sun's take on China's Strategic Assessment of India , it would be prudent to delve intio aspects other than Doklam which impact Sino-Indian dynamics.

1. The resurgence of Indian covert capabilities have gradually deleveraged the Chinese MSS in the North East.
2. The MSS used a network of human assets , training camps and ports in Bangladesh , Myanmar and Thailand to facilitate insurgency in the North-East.This included sheltering key leaders like ULFA's Paresh Barua and NSCN-K's S.S.Khaplang inside Chinese Territory.
3. Gun running by the MSS involved Chinese commercial trawlers and Thai drug dealers.The trawlers would offload arms off the Bangladesh coast on speed boats and smaller fishing boats.These were then passed onto insurgents in the North-East through Cox Bazaar and Chittagong
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9 Dec 19
"A lie told often enough becomes the truth." - Vladimir Lenin

An article on @TheNatlInterest by @KyleMizokami was published 3 times since 2017 as a targeted smear campaign against @DRDO_India's Arjun MBT

Let me try and piece this together in a series of tweets
The article in question is a crude attempt at a 1000 word school essay on the Arjun MBT by @KyleMizokami which has been published thrice since April 2017.The links are shared below for verification

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/meetโ€ฆ

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/35-yโ€ฆ

nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/indiโ€ฆ
The article was first published on 26th April 2017 with an encore on 09th Sept 2019 and finally on 06th Dec 2019 (Mark this date)

Incidentally when the article was first published on 26th April 2017 , it had a footnote stating that this article first appeared in November 2016 !
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7 Dec 19
The Chinese are lying through their teeth. An attempt to present timelines of events with plots and maps provided by the ever resourceful @detresfa_

1. The Shiyan 1 attempted the first ingress into Indian EEZ on 09/08/2019

2. Abruptly changed course on 11/08/2019 (Snag ?)
3. Took a new course across the Great Channel and reached Phuket on 20/08/2019

4. Docked at Phuket for 5 days (Repairs ? Replenishment ?)

5. Left Phuket on 25/08/2019 and took a new course crossing Indian EEZ on the Southern Western tip of Little Andaman.
6. Between 28/08/2019 and 31/08/2019 the Shiyan 1 was conclusively in Indian EEZ until an @indiannavy Dornier- 228 detected it and a Saryu Class OPV drove it away

Images from @defpostmedia and @EconomicTimes
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4 Dec 19
On Navy Day , I look into the reported violation of Indian EEZ in the Andaman Sea by a Chinese Survey Vessel Shiyan 1 in August-September 2019.
Shiyan 1 was reportedly engaged in 'research activities' around 200 Nautical Miles off Port Blair was first sighted by a @indiannavy Doriner-228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft.A warship was duly dispatched which ordered the vessel to leave
The Shiyan 1 is a Research Vessel is jointly built by the Institute of Acoustics-(IOA), the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology-(SCSIO) and Shenyang Institute of Automation-(SIA) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
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3 Dec 19
The @firstpost report by Yatish Yadav on problems plaguing the Akash Missile in @IAF_MCC service is an arms lobby sponsored hit-job. It is an attempt to weaken the government's thrust on procurement of indigenous weapon systems.I elaborate in the thread below :-
Allegation 1

The report states that "On 3rd June, 2018, Akash Missile's Transportation and Loading Vehicle (TLV), parked at an Air Force Squadron, was jolted after a sudden burst of tube followed by shearing off wheel bolts due to impact.
Clarification 1

Tubeless Tire of an Ashok Leyland Missile Carrier burst due to weight/over pressure/routine wear and as the weight landed on the rims , the wheel bolts gave away.Happens on Indian Highways everyday.
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