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Friday, June 25, 2021

Arun Prakash


The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

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

India’s crucial security challenge is not external, but relates to maintenance of domestic harmony and unity
Sat, May 04, 2019

India will soon have a newly-elected government in place. But as far as national security goes, all party manifestos appear equally insipid and unfocused, confirming fears that the recent hoopla about security was superficial and election-driven.

It’s time to evolve a strategy to address Kashmir’s problems, eliminate Pakistan from equation
Wed, Apr 03, 2019

Absent a “Kashmir Strategy” in New Delhi, the army’s sacrifices to establish peace in the Valley have been in vain because a venal political class has never risen to the occasion to restore a functional civil administration.

India’s national interests must not be subsumed by politically-motivated, competitive machismo masquerading as patriotism
Mon, Mar 04, 2019

Hyper-nationalism at the hustings and war-mongering in TV studios could not only damage India’s delicate social fabric but also drive the nation into an unwanted conflict.

India urgently needs a national security doctrine, clear red lines
Mon, Feb 18, 2019

We remain deficient in intelligence-analysis, inter-agency coordination, and, above all, a national security doctrine. Having created an elaborate national security framework, post Pokhran II, India has strangely shied away from promulgating a doctrine.

The significance of Arihant
Wed, Nov 07, 2018

Navy’s first home-built, ballistic-missile armed submarine makes India’s nuclear deterrence credible

East meets east
Sat, Oct 27, 2018

India-Japan ties are warming up but expectations from Modi-Abe discussions must remain anchored in reality

Who defends the defenders?
Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Serving soldiers have approached SC over AFSPA. They must not be made to pay for governments’ failures.

Abandoned at sea
Tue, Jun 05, 2018

China’s maritime strategy calls for a paradigm shift in India’s defence-industrial programmes. But declining budgets, dysfunctional acquisitions could stymie strategic necessities.

Reappraising India-US
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

Defence cooperation remains high on rhetoric, short on delivery. Both South Block and Capitol Hill need to do more to revitalise and elevate ties.