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The New Rules of War

20 mins read

“War is both timeless and ever changing. While the basic nature of war is constant, the means and methods we use evolve continuously”, says the Marine Corps Warfighting Doctrine. Weapons,…

Santa’s Reindeer

8 mins read

You most probably know the names or at least some of the names of Santa’s reindeer from the 1949 hit ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ (bet you probably sang that in…

Facts vs Opinions

7 mins read

Which is more important, a fact or an opinion on any given subject? It might be tempting to say the fact. But not so fast… Lately, we find ourselves lamenting…

Free Thought and Official Propaganda

53 mins read

“We must believe before we can doubt, and doubt before we can deny,” W.H. Auden observed in his commonplace book. Half a century earlier, Bertrand Russell (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970), the great poet…

Target Round – Deolali Musings

12 mins read

“Battery Target”, the OP (Observation Post) officer nominated shouted and ran in as if something was on fire. For the checkered lot sitting on the OP, it did not disturb…

John Le Carre’- A tribute

4 mins read

John le Carré, Best-Selling Author of Cold War Thrillers, Dies at 89 – Breaking from the James Bond mold, he turned the spy novel into high art as he explored the…

We are creating Illiterates in Maths?

6 mins read

Mathematics is no more the manipulation of symbols than music is the manipulation of notes. You’ve likely seen the posts on Facebook or elsewhere. “Well, another day has passed and…

India has too much democracy

9 mins read

I have heard that too much democracy argument being made in the context of it holding back India’s economic growth. Over the years, I have seen, friends, family members, random…