Experts Speak

  • May 20, 2017
    US nudges Pakistan – Wee bit only
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has blamed Pakistan for deteriorating India-Pak relations and warned that the ties might worsen further if another "high- profile" terrorist attack emanates from across the border this year.

  • May 20, 2017
    Beyond ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The unanimous verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav was on expected lines because Pakistan had violated India's right, provided under the Vienna...

  • May 20, 2017
    North Korea – Rogue supported by rogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test, shortly after President Moon Jae-in took office in South Korea, US President Donald Trump called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, while China is urged restraint.

  • May 20, 2017
    PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to India on a 5-day visit in April 2017, he had reiterated the invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

  • May 20, 2017
    New counter-Maoist strategy – Why it is regressive?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The twin Maoists attacks in Sukma on March 11 on a 110-strong CRPF column) and on April 24 on a 99-strong CRPF column, inflicted massive casualties on the...

  • May 19, 2017
    Phased induction of M777 in the Indian Army
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    As part of its massive artillery modernisation plan, the army had planned to induct several types of howitzers through inhouse manufacture by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)/Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)...

  • May 18, 2017
    Expediting Defence Procurements
    By Ranjit Kumar

    India’s defence acquisition framework is considered to be one of the most cumbersome, time consuming, complex and fraught with uncertainties.

  • May 15, 2017
    Strategic partnership policy – Needs speedy conclusion
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released by the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Defexpo 2016, it was without few appendices, which were added later.

  • May 12, 2017
    Countering Maoists – Serious review required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the ghastly Maoist ambush at Sukma on April 24, killing 24 CRPF personnel and injuring seven (of 99-strong CRPF column), a Gazette notification...

  • May 12, 2017
    GSAT-09 – Modi's gift to South Asia
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    GSAT-09 or SAS (South Asia Satellite) is the latest technological move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for integrating South Asia, a resolve he had shown at the swearing in of his government by inviting all SAARC leaders, including Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • May 12, 2017
    Another beheading by Pak Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release on May 1 by Army’s HQ Northern Command read, “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector.

  • May 12, 2017
    ICJ reprieve for Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The reprieve obtained by India for Kulbhushan Yadav from the International Court of justice (ICJ) is a diplomatic victory. This is all the more special because the ICJ deals with international law involving states and not individual cases.

  • May 12, 2017
    'Negative' defence budget - Goes more negative
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The relationship between economy and defence is that both are dependent on each other. Defence cannot be strong without good economy...

  • PM Modi’s Israel visit – Expectations?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minster will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since it also...

  • Another joint doctrine – But who will implement?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with headlines of “New defence doctrine to ensure Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts”.

  • Kamov helicopters – Finally through?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In March 2017, media reported that the Indo-Russian Kamov helicopter deal had hit a hurdle, pricing and technology transfer being main issues.

  • Pakistan’s ‘Jadhav’ sentencing – Rotten to the core
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release of April 10 by Pakistan’s notorious ISPR said that Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested from Balochistan on March 3, 2016 for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Section 3 of Official Secrets Act 1923...

  • Increased violence in Kashmir – And the enemy within
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The increased violence in Kashmir Valley doesn’t appear to have been as seriously as warranted, especially the institutionalized radicalization of the school going...

  • Indo-Bangla relations at all time high – Teesta should be next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The four day visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (April 7-10) has taken Indo-Bangladesh relations to an all time high.

  • Cyber war – Where are we?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Cyber attacks in India have been on the rise over the years, particularly against government sites and Indian missions abroad despite several layers of security measures in place to protect against intrusions.

  • ISIS menace – Caution time ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Bhopal-Ujjain train blast on March 7, 2017 injuring nine people is being heralded as the first strike by the Islamic State in India. It has now emerged that the members of this module inspired by ISIS, led by self-styled ‘emir’ Atif Muzaffar, had crisscrossed the country between February 2016 and January 2017 visiting...

  • Minesweepers void – Not good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports quoting the Parliamentary Committee for Defence, the existing fleet of six minesweeping vessels with the Indian Navy will be de-commissioned...

  • The border infrastructure mess
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Committee for Defence has been rapping the government for its lackadaisical approach to defence, however, this time it is the Comptroller...

  • China – Upping ante in Indo-Pacific
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claim to ‘historic rights’ in the South China Sea (SCS) brought up by Philippines last year...

  • Bullet Resistant Vests
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has been fighting cross-border proxy wars, terrorism and insurgencies past three decades plus.

  • Maoists violence – Far from over
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 10, 2017 an article titled ‘Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?’ appeared in the media.

  • Parrikar's exit and its impact on languishing defence projects
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Manohar Parrikar who held the office of the Defence Minister of India for two years and four months has now returned to Goa to take over as the new Chief Minister after the recent election in Goa.

  • Need for a full-time Minister of Defence
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    While the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa Chief Minister has been dictated by political expediency, this move has implications for the Indian armed forces

  • Change of Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar having moved to Panaji due to political expediency of the state of Goa, Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).