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Friday, December 04, 2020

Arun Prakash


The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

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.

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.