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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...

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...


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