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Pravin Sawhney

Bravado that constricted India

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

In 2004, when Gen NC Vij acknowledged publicly that India had a Cold Start doctrine, he narrowed Indian mobile forces' options in war The Indian media loves referring to Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNW) just as their Pakistani counterpart relish citing Indian Army's Cold Start doctrine. These terms make sensational front-page...

Sky is the limit for cruise missile

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Given the many merits of cruise missiles, the test-firing of BrahMos-A must adhere to the timeline announced as it will open up avenues for India to acquire state-of-the-art technologies The supersonic BrahMos cruise missile air launch version (BrahMos-A) will be test-firing by the end of this year. This was disclosed by...

Time for the Army to face reality

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The Indian military, especially the Army, needs to change its mindset on warfare. If done, Pakistan will feel compelled to control its proxy war into India; and China will become careful in its intrusions Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat’s recent call for the Army’s supremacy as compared with the...

Surely, the time is of essence

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Arresting dwindling combat strength of the IAF will be a priority for Sitharaman. Each category of the aircraft has specific roles and only a naÔve would suggest replacement of one category with another Arresting the dwindling combat squadron strength of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be a priority of the...

India-Japan trade: The way ahead

Thursday, 31 Aug 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The message from Japan is clear that it desires a strategic partner to maintain the existing geo-strategic order. It’s time for Modi to shake-up the all-pervasive bureaucratic lethargy in the defence Ministry Japan’s open support to India during the Doklam challenge which ended recently was a major take-away of the crisis....

Diffusing crisis at Doklam

Thursday, 17 Aug 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Present stand-off is the result of India's tenuous hold on LAC. Unlike most times, when New Delhi downplayed Chinese transgressions, this time, with Bhutan involved, it is not doing so As the Doklam crisis between India and China enters its third month, two questions worth deliberation are: What is the future...

Roadmap to military self-reliance

Thursday, 03 Aug 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

With so much at stake regarding military power, it will be prudent for India to handle its relations with China with deftness, restraint and patience. It must formulate a strategy to the two-front dilemma The message conveyed by the military uniform donned Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) and the...

Meeting the PLA challenge

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

An all-out war with China is something India can only go for post re-establishment of its military power aligned with newest technology, the same as the adversary China’s recent announcement of downsising its present 2.3 million (23 lakh) Army, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to under one million (below 10 lakh)...

Living the dream of a major power

Thursday, 06 Jul 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The fantasy that the US would help India become a major power hit reality during Modi's recent visit to the US. India should now wake up to the truth that no nation helps another become a major power Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the US should be viewed as...

New Indian Army in New India

Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat has broken conventions in combating militancy, and his men have taken a leaf out of it. But this approach alone cannot save the day Much like the New India promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are seeing the new Indian Army under the Chief of...


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