The writer is a retired Air Vice Marshal and a military historian.
Arjun Subramaniam writes: The fine print of Thucydides’s narrative rests on the trinity of fear, honour and interest -- a framework that fits most of the ongoing contemporary conflicts.
Arjun Subramaniam writes: A recent film, Udham Singh, highlights how the role of violent acts of defiance was diminished by overplaying the impact of the non-violent movement. This only served British interests
Whatever transpires on the ground during the coming weeks, the aerospace segment of deterrence, intelligence gathering, surveillance and reconnaissance must act as the strategic establishment’s eyes and first responder in any future responses along the LAC, particularly in Ladakh.
The Chinese conundrum and how India met it in 1967
While the window for a limited conflict remains wide open, it is important that both countries plunge back into the battle against COVID-19, more so India, which has less wiggle room than China to tackle multiple crises.
Training in the Indian military is top-notch and needs a little tweaking to help officers and men understand the rules of engagement in a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous world. It is diversified education at all levels of leadership that is a weak area.
The internal situation in Pakistan and its precarious economic condition may preclude the possibility of any escalated conventional response.
The Indian Army is in the midst of a proxy, state-sponsored war in Jammu and Kashmir. Academics who criticise statements by the army chief and unconventional operations by the force are way off target
Contradictions in Chinese statecraft on his watch make him hard to fathom.
We need to remember Harbaksh Singh if we want to commemorate the 1965 war.
The IAF was capable in 1962,even if not fully exploited
Mao may have created a nation called the Peoples Republic of China,but he left it as a flawed nation without the tools to realise its ambitions of achieving great power status