Experts Speak

  • August 8, 2019
    Kashmir Integrated
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a historic announcement in Parliament on August 4, Government announced the Presidential decree of abrogating Article 370 and reorganisation of J&K State into the Union Territories of J&K.

  • August 8, 2019
    PM Modi's Bhutan Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bhutan on August 17-18. After assuming the premiership second time, Modi's visit is in line with government's focus on 'Neighbours First' policy; which will further strengthen India's special relationship with Bhutan.

  • August 8, 2019
    The Chimera of Military Integration
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2004, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, addressing the Combined Commanders Conference had said, "Reforms within the Armed Forces involve recognition of the fact that our Navy, Air Forces and Army can no longer function in compartments with exclusive chains of command and single service operational plans."

  • August 8, 2019
    Defence Exports
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of May 2019 indicated India had relaxed procedures to speed up arms sales to foreign countries.

  • August 8, 2019
    Space War Exercise
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post India's successful test of an anti-satellite (ASAT) interceptor missile to destroy the 740kg Microsat-R satellite, at an altitude of 283km in the low earth orbit (LEO) on March 27 this year termed 'Mission Shakti', India conducted the first ever simulated space war exercise 'IndSpaceEx' on July 25-26.

  • August 8, 2019
    LRAD replacing Pellet Guns?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by news reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has approved the use of 'sound cannon', devices that can emit pain-inducing sound waves, on rampaging mobs in the Valley.

  • July 22, 2019
    India: A Space Super Power
    By Air Marshal SBP Sinha (Retd)

    India is running a vibrant space programme for its security, economic development and technological progress. So far, India has launched 115 satellites; three in 1970s, 11 in 1980s, 16 in 1990s, 24 in first decade of 21st century and 61 till date in current decade.

  • July 19, 2019
    Kartarpur Corridor Pakistan's terror gambit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Navjot Singh Sidhu returned from Pakistan after hugging the Pakistani army chief Q.J.Bajwa at swearing in of PM Imran Khan on August 18, 2018, he announced Pakistan has agreed to open the Kartarpur Corridor.

  • July 19, 2019
    Sniper Rifles Delay can we slash red tape?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On February 13, 2018, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Ministerhad approved procurement of 5,719 sniper rifles for the Army and Air Force at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore from the global market under...

  • July 19, 2019
    Indigenous CornerShot
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of June 2019 state that the Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune has developed 'Trikaal' CornerShot Weapon System (CSWS) which has in recent past undergone user trials by Rashtriya Rifles at the Pashan Range.

  • July 19, 2019
    Japan's US-2i back on track?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slated to come to India in September-October this year for the annual bilateral summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, discussion has emerged in the media about India procuring...

  • July 19, 2019
    Army CEO for MIA AK-203 OFB Factory
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Headlines like "Army chief's new experiment - Major General is CEO of AK-203 rifle factory in Amethi" appeared in the media recently, highlighting that Major General Sanjeev Sengar has been appointed CEO for four years...

  • July 19, 2019
    Army's Social Media Diktat
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports, Army has issued a directive for serving personnel not to be part "large groups" on internet-based chat or email services, in order to control leak of sensitive information about the Armed Forces since enemy agencies could access such information.

  • July 16, 2019
    Temporary setback for mission to the Moon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    ISRO plans to send three Indians into space on an Indian-built spacecraft achieving the first manned mission into space.

  • July 11, 2019
    Throwing Out The Baby With The Bath Water
    By Lt. General Vijay Oberoi (Retd)

    What is most galling is the surreptitious manner in which the news was made public and the hesitancy of Army Headquarters to openly state that they were the initiators of the move.

  • July 6, 2019
    First Budget of Modi 2.0 - defence ignored
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Budget 2019 of the new NDA government lead by Narendra Modi in parliament on June 5, 2019, with what she described as a 10-year vision.

  • July 6, 2019
    20 years after Kargil Conflict
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas falls on July 26, 2019. Celebration to mark the 20th anniversary of Kargil victory are being spread over three days - July 25 to July 27 at Dras in J&K and at New Delhi.

  • July 6, 2019
    Puncturing Disability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is considerable debate over a Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) circular dated June 24, 2019 saying that tax exemption for disability pension will be "available only to armed forces personnel who have been invalidated from service on account of bodily disability attributable...

  • July 6, 2019
    Chandrayaan-2 and NSIL
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chandrayaan-2 is slated to fly off to the moon on July 15. Chandrayaan-1 launched on October 22, 2008, not only made India become the fourth nation to join this elite lunar exploratory club after the US, Russia and China, India also discovered the presence of water on the moon for the first time, which was acknowledged by NASA.

  • July 6, 2019
    Pakistan's FATF Noose
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The last Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary session was held in Orlando, US, on June 21. 2019. A stern statement at the end of its outcome document warned Pakistan that it could face a blacklisting in FATF's next session scheduled in coming October...

  • July 6, 2019
    Second JAI Trilateral at Osaka
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the first ever meeting of JAI (acronym for the Japan-America-India Trilateral coined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi using first alphabet of each...