Arun Prakash

The writer is a retired chief of naval staff.

Articles By Arun Prakash

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.

Beware the rhyme of history

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

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

Breaking the N-silence

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

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

In deep water

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

A sea change

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

Steel for the occasion

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

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