Pravin Sawhney

Getting China strategy right

Thursday, 25 May 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Staying away from a potent regional power is not an option for India. Conflicts with Beijing need quick resolution for a productive Act East policy India needs its Henry Kissinger who could advise US President Donald Trump that US-Sino relations need not — and should not — become a zero-sum game....

Strengthening defence posture

Thursday, 11 May 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Notwithstanding the purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defence Missile System, the BMD programme has neither been questioned nor its progress audited. India needs a technical audit by independent agencies or joint development with foreign partners to resolve glitches There is something extraordinarily odd about the indigenous Indian Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD)...

Better war-fighting capabilities

Thursday, 27 Apr 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Without complete involvement of the political leadership, India is not likely to have a credible joint doctrine, which necessitates joint-ness for war-fighting amongst the three services. The notional tri-service command which now exists is not working to expectations The 62-page second edition of the Joint Doctrine Indian Armed Forces-2017 (JDIAF-2017) prepared...

Shrewd diplomacy is way ahead

Thursday, 02 Mar 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Prime Minister Modi must seriously consider attending the proposed One Belt One Road summit. This could open up new vistas for improved relations with Pakistan and China, and show a way forward for India to become a leading power Since relations between India and China have hit a serious roadblock, the...

Forging strategic ties with US

Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India needs to disclose its strategic posture regarding the Indian Ocean, given Chinese belligerence in the region. Behaving like a leading power, which it is not, since it lacks credible Naval power, would require it to protect the SLOC in the Indian Ocean with US' support On January 18, two days...

Waiting for a defence policy

Monday, 26 Dec 2016 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

What is needed, as the first step to reforming the functioning of our defence establishment, is institutionalised interaction between the political and the military leaderships. This has never been attempted in right earnest before, though it’s been greatly talked about Quick on the heels of the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin...

Underprepared for a new role

Monday, 12 Dec 2016 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India appears to have overreached itself in its zeal to be a net security provider in the Indian Ocean Region, which Defence Minister Parrikar is keen on. It does not have the capability yet. Moreover, uncertain external factors can be an impediment to the grand dream In his public address at...

New face leading old mindset

Friday, 02 Dec 2016 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Gen Bajwa, the new Pakistan Army Chief, has China's support and, perhaps, now of Russia’s as well. It cannot be expected that he will defuse tensions across the Line of Control until India agrees to unconditional talks With the new Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa having taken charge, the...

Two is company, three strength

Monday, 17 Oct 2016 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The inescapable conclusion for New Delhi is that the new model of international relations for Asia-Pacific would come about sooner than expected, with China, Russia and Pakistan as its indispensable members. Ignoring it can have consequence for India I recently returned from the seventh Xiangshan Forum held in Beijing (October 10-12)...

‘Surgical strike’ and aftermath

Thursday, 06 Oct 2016 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

India needs to track not just Pakistan but China and Russia too. The last name may seem incongruous in the company of the other two, but Moscow apparently believes Pakistan is important to the new security architecture it is constructing with Beijing Within days of the Indian Army’s much publicised ‘surgical...


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