Arun Prakash

The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

Articles By Arun Prakash

Lack of clarity about the role of Chief of Defence Staff and bellicose talk by politicians are not reassuring

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

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

Forging national security

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

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

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

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

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

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

East meets east

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

Who defends the defenders?

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

Abandoned at sea

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

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

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

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

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

The wind in India’s sails

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

Agenda for the Raksha Mantri

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

Making waves

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

The crumbling pillars of state

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

A strategic encirclement

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