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Arun Prakash


The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

Arun Prakash writes: Agnipath, between the lines
Tue, Jun 21, 2022

Arun Prakash writes: Turmoil points to two larger absences: India doesn't have a National Security Doctrine. Armed forces have remained outside ambit of reform.

No ‘vishwaguru’: How history will judge today’s political leaders
Mon, Jun 06, 2022

Arun Prakash writes: With discontent at home and a dented image abroad, it is time for India’s political class to rise above party politics and privilege national interests

For a stronger navy, India needs to fast-track the submarine project
Mon, May 16, 2022

Arun Prakash writes: India should seek a foreign collaborator to make necessary adjustments, conduct collaborative trials.

An ‘atmanirbhar’ India can look the world in the eye
Mon, Mar 21, 2022

Genuine indigenisation in defence technologies, manufacturing will ensure its strategic autonomy

Pragmatism, not jingoism will help India deal with China
Thu, Feb 24, 2022

India must shed naive optimism and halt China’s covert but steady haemorrhaging of Indian territory

Relocating the Amar Jawan Jyoti to National War Memorial is logical, and beyond reproach
Sat, Jan 22, 2022

🔴 Arun Prakash writes: The protests over the move reflect a deep schism in India’s socio-political landscape

There’s a clear-eyed vision behind China’s maritime build-up
Fri, Dec 03, 2021

🔴 Arun Prakash writes: India has neither the economic wherewithal nor the need to compete in a naval arms race with China. But we do need to ensure adequate naval capability to safeguard our vital interests

The new AUKUS alliance holds some lessons for India
Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Arun Prakash writes: If realpolitik so demands, it must break old shibboleths and strike new partnerships — wherever there is convergence of interests.

Why India’s military leaders must have a free and frank discussion on demarcation of air power roles and missions
Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Arun Prakash writes: The conundrum that needs to be resolved is the IAF’s certainty about the indivisibility of air power, versus the army and navy’s belief that aviation must be available at their disposal.

China has become a maritime power. It’s time India caught up
Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Arun Prakash writes: Naval power will play a decisive role in India-China rivalry. But India needs greater vision, realistic targets and proper implementation to achieve its maritime goals.

US 7th Fleet’s patrol in India’s EEZ was an act of impropriety
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Not only has the US risked alienating an ally, it has also highlighted the rich irony of its position in citing the third UN Conference on Law of the Seas without having ratified it.

What Delhi must do to make sure it isn’t caught off-guard by China again
Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Relief at disengagement must be tempered by the fact that it is just the latest act in the ongoing drama being played out by China.

Govt must constitute a parliamentary committee with military advisers to oversee transformational reforms
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

With the nation facing a “real and present” military threat from two adversaries, it is incumbent upon the GoI — notwithstanding the economic downturn — to find the means to bolster national security.

Indian armed forces must prepare personnel to shoulder responsibilities at all levels of new unified commands
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

This calls for a major overhaul of our system of professional military education as well as doctrines.

Time has come for an Indo-Pacific Concord of regional democracies with a maritime security charter
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Using the Quad and Malabar templates, a shore-based secretariat can be established in a central location like Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands, which would schedule and conduct periodic multinational naval exercises.

For China, maritime awakening came in last century. In India, it is long overdue
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

As we watch the situation in Ladakh unfold, it becomes increasingly obvious that not only is a military resolution improbable, but a “hot-war” may be unaffordable for both nuclear-armed countries

India must formally revive Quad, seek its expansion
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The time for ambivalence is over and while India will have to fight its own territorial battles with determination, this is the moment to seek external balancing. It is also time to seek an enlargement of this grouping into a partnership of the like-minded.

How to play against China: India will need to bring order and alacrity to crisis management
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

At the strategic level, the government must moot a sustained process of engagement with China at the highest politico-diplomatic echelons. The negotiations should seek multi-dimensional Sino-Indian modus-vivendi; encompassing the full gamut of bilateral issues like trade, territorial disputes, border-management and security.

Delhi must build power-balancing alliance, or come to honourable accommodation with China
Sat, Jun 06, 2020

For reasons of national security as well as self-respect, India cannot continue to remain in a “reactive mode” to Chinese provocations and it is time to respond in kind.

Neighbours’ mind games: India, Pakistan must initiate dialogue between nuclear experts
Wed, Feb 19, 2020

The establishment of credible mutual deterrence between two nuclear rivals, by diminishing the possibility of a surprise nuclear attack, forms the basis of what is termed “strategic stability”.

The significance of the post of CDS lies in its potential for re-imagining national security
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

It needs to be borne in mind that selection of important office-holders — civil and military — remains the prerogative of the government in power.

India’s decision-makers must pause and consider the costs of majoritarianism
Sat, Dec 21, 2019

Will the nation not be immeasurably strengthened if we retain sharp focus on enhancing internal cohesion through assimilation, inclusivity and maintenance of domestic harmony — and above all, on economic development?

Lack of clarity about the role of Chief of Defence Staff and bellicose talk by politicians are not reassuring
Thu, Oct 17, 2019

The past five years have seen the last vestiges of the Nehruvian legacy being progressively swept away. Conclusive proof of this came when the present government ordered retaliatory raids, in peace time, on Pakistani soil.

A blunt reminder
Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Since 1947, New Delhi has failed to learn anything from the past in Kashmir.

Forging national security
Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Defence reforms should be a priority, the most vital being the creation of a Chief of Defence Staff