Experts Speak

  • June 15, 2019
    100 Day Agenda of the new NDA government
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Concurrent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government assuming charge, the Niti Ayog has announced on May 29, 2019, that government will consider a slew of proposals over the next 100 days to complete unfinished goals of fine-tuning reforms like the bankruptcy code...

  • June 15, 2019
    When HAL Went Pauper
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of May 29, 2019 revealed that Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had plummeted to a meager 140 crore by March 31, 2019; lowest since 2004.

  • June 15, 2019
    Modi's Maldives, Sri Lanka Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Close on the heels of oath taking of Modi-led NDA government on May 30, 2019 attended by heads of BIMSTEC nations, re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first overseas visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka on June 8-9...

  • June 15, 2019
    Focus Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post successful demonstration of anti-satellite test (ASAT) capability by India in March 2019, the government has cleared setting up of a new agency called the Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO).

  • June 15, 2019
    The Education-Radicalisation Connect
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced it will roll out a plan for modernising madrassa education next month.

  • June 15, 2019
    Maoists, Mining and Environment
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per news reports of June 11, 2019, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister has stopped all mining activities at Dantewada Iron Ore Deposit after tribal protest for days.

  • May 31, 2019
    BIMSTEC Heads at Modi 2.0 Inaugural
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a deft move of immense significance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited heads of the Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) nations to the swearing-in ceremony of his new...

  • May 31, 2019
    Of Drones and Bombs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Rapid advancements in technology is empowering militarires as well as terrorists. This includes armed drones and remote controlled bombs. In May 2019, Indonesian police raided a terrorist cell with ability to use Wi-Fi to detonate explosive devices.

  • May 31, 2019
    New Eye in the Sky
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 22 May 22, 2019, ISRO achieved another feather in its cap by successfully launching RISAT – 2B; microwave radar imaging earth observation satellite.

  • May 31, 2019
    Army Scout Masters Competition 2019
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India for the first time will be hosting 'Army Scout Masters Competition', which is part of 'International Army Games' steered by Russia annually since August 2015.

  • May 31, 2019
    Faulty Ammunition Kills
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Buried in pages of national dailies was recent news about the army raising an alarm over rising accidents with indigenous faulty ammunition.

  • May 31, 2019
    Relocating Military Cantonments
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is not known whether the scholar who recently wrote the article 'How new military bases could seed new cities and create jobs' recently is on the payroll of Pakistan's ISI or of Beijing or he aims to cash on the greed of politicians to gobble land...

  • May 20, 2019
    Agenda for Next Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is to have a new government shortly. It is, therefore, prudent to list out what should be the agenda for the next Defence Minister.

  • May 20, 2019
    IAF Receives First Apache
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first AH-64E (I) - Apache Guardian helicopter was formally handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF) on May 10, 2019 at Mesa in a formal ceremony at the Boeing production facility in Arizona, USA.

  • May 20, 2019
    Naval Drills in South China Sea
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Navies of India, US, Japan and Philippines recently conducted a six-day long joint naval drill in the South China Sea (SCS) that concluded on May 6, 2019.

  • May 20, 2019
    Boosting Short-Service Commission?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to news reports of May 9, 2019, the Armed Forces are close to finalising the package to make short-service commission (SSC) more attractive for eligible youth.

  • May 20, 2019
    Technical Textiles for Armed Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to news reports, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has adopted a policy that raises participation of indigenous firms in manufacturing 'technical textile' for Armed Forces.

  • May 20, 2019
    New Naval Super Carrier?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of May 5, 2019 indicate that UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier on the lines of Britain's HMS 'Queen Elizabeth' as part of ongoing 'Make in India' negotiations.

  • May 6, 2019
    PLAN's 70th Anniversary Celebrations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) celebrated its 70th founding anniversary on April 23, 2019 with a grand fleet review. More than 10 countries, including India, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam joined the naval parade.

  • May 6, 2019
    Vital Ladakh road completed – but many questions remain
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports that India has completed the 255-km Darbuk-Shayok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) section of the road between Leh and Karakoram (KK) Pass.

  • May 6, 2019
    Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    April 21 saw the bloodiest Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The multiple bombings that shook the island nation resulted in 359 killed and some 600 injured till the last count.

  • May 6, 2019
    Whaling Enemy Vessels
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent sighting of a Beluga whale in Norway sporting a harness with Russian markings has raised considerable alarm and speculation.

  • May 6, 2019
    Generals in Politics – anything wrong?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The electronic and print media prominently covered induction of seven army Generals into the BJP on April 27 amidst the beaming Raksha Mantri (RM) Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • May 6, 2019
    Voting by Soldiers
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    An incident on April 28, 2019 during voting at Jabalpur, in which army personnel and families from Army's Grenadiers Regimental Centre located at Jabalpur exercised their franchise, should shame the nation.

  • April 19, 2019
    Masood Azhar, Jinping's Lebensraum and US-Pak Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After China stalled the UNSC for branding Masood Azhar for the fourth time on March 14, 2019, US, France and UK gave an ultimatum to China to lift her so called 'technical hold' on Masood Azhar's ban by April 23.

  • April 19, 2019
    Convoy Move in J&K
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 3, 2019, the J&K State Government issued a notification that civilian traffic will not be allowed on the Jammu-Baramulla national highway on Sundays and Wednesdays (reserved for move of security forces) till May 31, 2019...

  • April 19, 2019
    Naxals Kill Another Politician
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 9, 2019, BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four security personnel were killed as Naxals targeted his convoy of three vehicles, including the MLA's bullet-proof one, in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh.

  • April 19, 2019
    Russia's International Army Games - 'ARMY 2019'
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russia's Defence Ministry is making vigorous preparations for the International Army Games 'ARMY-2019' which are scheduled to be held from August 3 to August 17, 2019.