For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The US (Biden Administration) has recently released the National Security Strategy. It is a document prepared periodically by the US Government (Executive) that lists the national security concerns and how the Administration plans to deal with them. The Government is legally bound to present the document to the US Congress… Continue reading Need for a National Security Doctrine for India – Explained, pointwise
What is the News? The 3rd edition of Goa Maritime Conclave was successfully conducted at Goa. The Indian Navy showed the visiting countries the first-hand demonstration of Deep Submergence and Rescue Vessel (DSRV) capabilities About Goa Maritime Conclave Organized by: Indian Navy under the aegis of Naval War College, Goa Aim: To bring together the… Continue reading Goa Maritime Conclave – 2021
Synopsis: Once cyber-technology becomes a key variable in the defence policies of a nation, land size or GDP size are irrelevant. Introduction In the 21st century, the world is moving to cyber weapons-based warfare. Therefore, after cyber-technology enters as an important variable in nations’ defence policies, the size of a country will cease to matter.… Continue reading The outlines of a national security policy
Synopsis: Given the seriousness of the matter and the right to privacy of citizens, the judiciary must hold the executive accountable in the matter. Introduction Earlier this year, a global coalition of media organisations revealed that the Pegasus was being used in a number of countries to surveil journalists, activists, dissidents, and political leaders. Pegasus… Continue reading The” yes or a no” the court must ask about Pegasus
What is the News? The Supreme Court has observed orally that it will set up a technical expert committee to inquire into the Pegasus snooping matter and pass an interim order next week. Background A collaborative journalism enterprise reported by The Wire in India has revealed that pegasus spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group… Continue reading Supreme Court move to set up a panel to probe Pegasus is a vital and welcome step
Synopsis: National security has long been viewed through a narrow perspective of just war-fighting. In the present scenario being shaped up by multiple factors like climate change, a rising China and the COVID pandemic, national security and domestic policy are to be seen as two sides of the same coin. This new understanding is gaining… Continue reading The national security discourse is changing
What is the news? Indian PM chaired the 13th BRICS Summit, which was held virtually. The Summit stressed the need to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a staging ground for terrorist attacks against other countries, as well as a sanctuary for terrorists. The BRICS nations also collectively adopted the “New Delhi Declaration“. The theme… Continue reading Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summit
Synopsis: The recently released new drone rules 2021 are centered around light-touch governance. The resultant progressive ecosystem will lead to opportunities in multiple sectors of the economy. Background Read here: Drone Rules 2021 – Explained Must Read: How new drone guidelines can give wings to drone startups? Where will drones work? Once drones take off in full force, opportunities… Continue reading Drone’s Economic Impact Will Match Internet’s
What is the news? Recently, India & the US signed the Project Agreement (PA) for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (ALUAV). What is this project about? This is a project is signed between the Ministry of Defence & the US Department of Defence under the Defence Technology & Trade Initiative (DTTI). It is considered a major… Continue reading India and US sign Project Agreement for Air-Launched Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Source: Business Standard, TOI, Livemint, TH What is the news? The Ministry of Civil Aviation has notified Drone Rules, 2021, under which the coverage of all-up weight of an unmanned aircraft system has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg. It will include heavy payload-carrying drones for use in the logistics and transportation sectors,… Continue reading Govt gives wing to drone policy (On new drone rules 2021)
Source: Business Standard Relevance: On drone rules, 2021 and start-ups in the drone sector Synopsis: India has fewer start-ups in the drone technology space than the US and China; it also lags behind most other economies in funding. Drone rules 2021 are a step forward, but more needs to be done to evolve other policies… Continue reading How new guidelines can give wing to drone start-ups?
Source: Indian Express Relevance: Understanding increasing state surveillance in India, measures to safeguard privacy. Synopsis: There seems to be a concerted effort to create a surveillance state, monitor free flow of information and use technology to control instead of empowering citizens. Increasing rate of surveillance in India and measures that must be taken to counter… Continue reading Pegasus scandal points to the making of a surveillance state in India
Source: Livemint Syllabus: GS3 – Security Relevance: Implications of the Pegasus issue Synopsis: Pegasus issue has crucial national security and geopolitical dimensions that must enter the national debate. Conflict b/w liberty & national security Information governance (the way in which information is used and managed) in liberal democracies has two key goals: First, to protect… Continue reading What Pegasus says about cyber power and our national security?
What are the issues with UAPA? Context: In last week alone three important judgements were delivered on the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA),1967. These are, The grant of regular bail to three student activists in the Delhi riots case of 2020. The Delhi High Court held that the police had failed to show its accusations were prima facie… Continue reading UAPA being misused to silence voices against injustice’