Arun Prakash

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The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

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.

Mastering the seas
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

The absence of an over-arching vision which views the Indian Ocean region in a long-term perspective has led to the neglect of maritime issues critical to India’s vital interests

Not made in India
Wed, Jan 31, 2018

Continuing dependence on foreign arms, coupled with a dysfunctional acquisition process, is eroding the combat readiness of India’s armed forces.

A strategy for the sea
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

India needs to mark 25 years of Indo-ASEAN by breaking diplomatic stasis, broadening horizons.

The wind in India’s sails
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

It must stay with Quad. It offers space for economic consolidation, strategic autonomy

Agenda for the Raksha Mantri
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

First, we need to create a sub-cadre within IAS, trained in the management of national security issues.

Making waves
Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Malabar exercise has far-reaching geo-political impact. India-Japan-US triad must be elevated to strategic status

The crumbling pillars of state
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Besieged by internal and external threats, the security establishment needs to move beyond a lackadaisical bureaucracy, enlist fresh minds

A strategic encirclement
Tue, Apr 25, 2017

India’s political and security establishment needs a strategy in light of China’s naval expansion.

Beware the rhyme of history
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

If the past is any guide, neither appeasement nor empty bluster will work against China. India must initiate urgent reform of its archaic defence structures

No more committees
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Interests of national security demand the urgent creation of an overarching Ministry of Defence Technology & Industrial Production, and other reforms

Breaking the N-silence
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

Parrikar has broken a tradition of sphinx-like silence, wherein his two UPA predecessors rarely acknowledged the existence of India’s nuclear deterrent or even mentioned the ‘N’ word.

Look before you escalate
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Loud jingoism and war talk erode India’s credibility, distract government from urgent task at hand.

In deep water
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Scorpene data leak underlines the hazards of India’s dependence on foreign sources for military hardware.

A sea change
Mon, Nov 18, 2013

‘INS Vikramaditya’ promises to change the balance of power in the Indian Ocean

Steel for the occasion
Tue, Aug 20, 2013

A reinvented bureaucracy can provide a framework of stability and continuity in a troubled political time.

The missing monument
Tue, Apr 23, 2013

Unlike in India,cities across the world have war memorials in central locations

Joining forces
Tue, Oct 09, 2012

India needs a chief of defence staff and a system of theatre commands

Government,military,babu
Mon, Aug 13, 2012

The best democracies in the world have retained firm civilian control over their armed forces not by isolating them,but by involving them in the national security decision-making process

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