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Pravin Sawhney

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...

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...


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