Blog: Killer Waves, Nuclear Plant Cooking Off - Covering The Japan Tsunami

Blog: Killer Waves, Nuclear Plant Cooking Off - Covering The Japan Tsunami

Vishnu Som | Wednesday March 10, 2021

The word tsunami had entered the lexicon of journalists in newsrooms around the world after the December 2004 Indian Ocean tragedy, and on 11 March 2011, when news broke of tsunami waves striking the coast of east Japan, there was a sense that this had the potential of becoming a major crisis.

Blog: How An India-US-Australia-Japan Naval 'Alliance' Would Fight Together

Blog: How An India-US-Australia-Japan Naval 'Alliance' Would Fight Together

Vishnu Som | Tuesday October 20, 2020

India's decision to extend an invitation to the Australian Navy to be a part of this year's Malabar Naval exercises isn't just about making a strong diplomatic statement to Beijing.

Blog: New Army Chief Stresses Constitution In Major Speech

Blog: New Army Chief Stresses Constitution In Major Speech

Vishnu Som | Sunday January 12, 2020

When General Manoj Mukund Naravane, India's new Chief, spoke yesterday to the men and women that he commands, he wasn't just advising them. He was passing an order.

Blog: When Pakistani Forces Fired Missile At IAF Helicopter I Was On

Blog: When Pakistani Forces Fired Missile At IAF Helicopter I Was On

Vishnu Som | Wednesday August 14, 2019

Pakistani forces had fired a shoulder-mounted surface-to-air missile at our helicopter, possibly a US-made Stinger or Swedish RBS-70, widely considered some of the most potent weapons of its class in the world.

Blog: Modi's Right. Standing Up To China Militarily Won't Work For India

Blog: Modi's Right. Standing Up To China Militarily Won't Work For India

Vishnu Som | Monday April 30, 2018

If the next set of Google Earth images were to show fresh Chinese construction in the disputed Doklam plateau, there would be likely be front page headlines on "China renews construction in Doklam despite Modi-Xi talks in Wuhan.'

Blog: Why The Army's Arjun Tank May Be Its Best Bet Yet

Blog: Why The Army's Arjun Tank May Be Its Best Bet Yet

Vishnu Som | Monday January 08, 2018

For years, cherry-picked data on the Arjun tank's faults seemed to highlight a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles - the tank was too heavy, it wasn't reliable and it couldn't fire an anti-tank missile. This is all true, but was this reason enough to stifle the growth of the indigenously built tank?

Blog: I Co-Anchored A Show On China State-Run TV. How They Handled Doklam

Blog: I Co-Anchored A Show On China State-Run TV. How They Handled Doklam

Vishnu Som | Saturday September 02, 2017

It had never happened before - an Indian and a Chinese anchor sitting next to each other - one bound by protocol and state control, and the other bound essentially by the belief that asking questions, any question, was my democratic birth right.

Blog: A Bleeding Driver In Noida. Cop Didn't Help. This Man Did.

Blog: A Bleeding Driver In Noida. Cop Didn't Help. This Man Did.

Vishnu Som | Friday March 18, 2016

It was a strange coincidence - just an hour after anchoring a show on road safety in our country, I was out on a shoot, chatting with my cameraperson Ashok Mahale, when he nonchalantly told me something really special - something I thought I would share.

Opinion: The Importance of Fighter Jet Landing on Yamuna Expressway

Opinion: The Importance of Fighter Jet Landing on Yamuna Expressway

Vishnu Som | Thursday May 21, 2015

The Indian Air Force today briefly landed a Mirage 2000 fighter-bomber on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh to validate the capability of the jet to land on civilian roads in the event of an emergency.

Blog: #GoHomeIndianMedia: a Reporter Covering Nepal Weighs In

Blog: #GoHomeIndianMedia: a Reporter Covering Nepal Weighs In

Vishnu Som | Tuesday May 05, 2015

In nearly two decades of covering extreme conflict and natural disasters, I have often asked myself whether it's right to be asking questions to people who have been badly affected - orphans, widows, people who have lost their near and dear ones.

Blog: The Siachen Story, Then And Now

Blog: The Siachen Story, Then And Now

Vishnu Som | Friday April 17, 2015

More than 15 years ago, when I reported from the snout of the Siachen glacier for the first time, the Indian Army's Siachen base camp was nothing more than a military outpost in the most unimaginably desolate surrounding.

Blog: At Braveheart's Cremation, Daughter Shouts His Regiment's War Cry

Blog: At Braveheart's Cremation, Daughter Shouts His Regiment's War Cry

Vishnu Som | Thursday January 29, 2015

Vishnu Som on a family and nation's tribute to Colonel MN Rai.

Blog: India's 20-Minute Space Mission is a Big Deal

Blog: India's 20-Minute Space Mission is a Big Deal

Vishnu Som | Thursday December 18, 2014

ISRO adds to achievements with launch of heaviest ever rocket.

Opinion: On INS Kolkata, PM is Only Partially Correct

Opinion: On INS Kolkata, PM is Only Partially Correct

Vishnu Som | Saturday August 16, 2014

Chinese navy is in growth spurt, writes Vishnu Som.