Experts Speak

  • October 17, 2018
    Maldives Turns A Leaf
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maldives has turned a leaf with the surprise defeat of President Abdulla Yameen in the recent elections. Mohammad Solih, consensus candidate of the joint opposition has emerged winner.

  • October 17, 2018
    Of Buffaloes in Pakistan and Cows in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a scam of sorts in Pakistan during September this year, the Imran Khan government sold off eight buffaloes belonging to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, raising USD 19,000 in the process.

  • October 17, 2018
    Surveillance of LoC-LAC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Surveillance has been perpetual concern of troops manning our borders. If Pakistan has ever since been a hostile neighbour, China continues to indulge in intrusions. Ironically, the DRDO has not been able to provide any viable solution for surveillance, not even appropriate ground sensors.

  • October 6, 2018
    S-400 Triumf for India
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    A major acquisition of defence equipment from Russia has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration on India’s perspective of strategic autonomy in matters of national security.

  • October 6, 2018
    Visit of President Vladimir Putin - big boost to strategic ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October to attend the 19th Indo-Russian Summit has provided a big boost to the bilateral strategic partnership. His visit came at a time of angst in Moscow in what it sees as India’s tilt towards the US while New Delhi views growing China-Russia-Pakistan alignment with concern.

  • October 6, 2018
    Beyond National Register for Citizens
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There has been much talk of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam relating to illegal immigrants, though many would like to paint it a communal issue.

  • October 6, 2018
    Can Pak Arm Terrorists with Chemicals?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After security forces gunned down two terrorists in Bandipora are of J&K last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) issued a statement on September 23 that chemical weapons were used to kill these terrorists.

  • October 6, 2018
    New Tri-Service Divisions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In November 1988, Maldives President Abdul Gayoom sent an SOS to India having taken refuge in Maldives National Security Headquarters when a group of 80-200 Sri Lankan militants of People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE)...

  • September 28, 2018
    Celebrating Surgical Strikes or Hiding Dismal Aftermath?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    What have surgical strikes achieved in the long term? Has terrorism stopped? Have the heads of terrorists groups gone underground in POK? Is there a reduction in recruitment? Has Pak Army stopped supporting terrorist infiltration?

  • September 19, 2018
    Coming Up – 19th Indo-Russian Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to arrive in New Delhi for the 19th Indo-Russian summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. Modi had invited Putin for the 19th Annual Summit in India at the first informal Summit between the two leaders on May 21, 2018 at Sochi in the Russian Federation.

  • September 19, 2018
    Chagos Islands – Victim of British Skullduggery
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There was the time when the ‘sun did never set on the British Empire’. But that state was achieved through treachery, deceit and deception, with fair amount of immorality. Post Independence of India, British conspired invasion of J&K through Mountbatten, Lockhart and Douglas Gracey...

  • September 19, 2018
    Chabahar – time to operationalize
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Concurrent to the Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue in Delhi on September 6, India was also hosting Iran’s Roads & Urban Development Minister Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi who held discussions with his Indian counterpart Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

  • September 19, 2018
    Nepal in Dragon’s Jaws
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has agreed to allow Nepal to use four seaports and three land ports for the third country trade. The seaports are Shenzen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, and the land ports are Lanzhou, Lhasa and Xigatse.

  • September 19, 2018
    More Muscle for Artillery
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Army requires some 3,000-4,000 artillery pieces over the next 15 years. Four type of guns and howitzers are presently under induction: one, M777 155mm ultra light howitzer (ULH), two, K9 Vajra Self-Propelled 155mm Tracked Howitzer...

  • September 7, 2018
    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first ever Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue finally took place on September 6, 2018 after two postponements over past one year.

  • September 7, 2018
    Visit of Chinese Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Commenting on multiple transgression by the across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including a major one in Sikkim post the informal summit in Wuhan between Prime Minister Narendar Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Claude Arpi, expert on Tibet and India-China relations wrote in his article titled 'The Curious Case of Demchok', "The 'spirit of Wuhan' had clearly been forgotten.

  • September 7, 2018
    India-China Boundary Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India and China have so far held 20 rounds of Special Representative-level talks to resolve the dispute over the 3,488-km long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

  • September 7, 2018
    ISRO's Manned Mission – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During his address from Red Fort on 15 August 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would launch a manned mission in space in the year 2022 - the 75th Independence year.

  • September 7, 2018
    Is Imran Khan another Musharraf
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Imran Khan is the second Pathan to be elevated to the top job in Pakistan after Yahya Khan. His radical background is well established known. His links with Taliban and his funding of the Haqqani seminary known as the 'Oxford of Global Jihad' is well documented, which earned him the title of "Taliban Khan".

  • September 7, 2018
    Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to Russian media in June 2018, the Indian Ambassador to Russia had said that India is continuing to negotiate with Russia for jointly developing a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).

  • August 16, 2018
    Prime Minister's Independence Day Message
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort for his fifthtime Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke mostly about the achievements of his government over the past four years including the various schemes launched by his administration, and future dreams.

  • August 16, 2018
    Delhi's Missile Shield
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Delhi is to get a missile shield "soon", which the media says will be akin to that of Washington and Moscow. Going by past experience, the "soon" could be any number of months, even years.

  • August 16, 2018
    Quading China
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is a viewpoint that the fast developing US-Japan-Vietnam-Australia-India consort, coupled with the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), would increase China's Malacca dilemma for its energy imports notwithstanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and alternate through Myanmar.

  • August 16, 2018
    Indo-US Defence Technology Conundrum
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is jubilation in India over the US granting the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) that will ease export controls for high technology product sales to the country.

  • August 16, 2018
    Over 300 Army-men Knock on SC Door
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In an unprecedented move over 300 serving Army-men, in personal capacity, moved a writ petition to the Supreme Court on 14 August 2018 over their fundamental rights, asking whether a soldier's discretion can be put under legal scrutiny.

  • August 16, 2018
    Advancements in Artillery
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese media has reported development of new electromagnetic rockets for artillery units that would be more powerful than most conventional artillery and ideal for high altitude regions.

  • August 3, 2018
    Modi's Rwanda, Uganda visit and BRICS summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As part of his recent three-nation tour to Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rwanda, Uganda and then South Africa where he attended the BRICS summit.

  • August 3, 2018
    India, Pakistan in SCO drill – Option in lighter vein
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports India and Pakistan are to be part of anti-terror mega drill in Russia under aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) next month; scheduled from August 22 to August 29.

  • August 3, 2018
    Chief Guest Republic Day 2019 – Donald Trump?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports, US President Donald Trump has been invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade 2019.

  • August 3, 2018
    Weapon upgrades for Special Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Weapons and equipment are in the pipeline for the Special Forces. According to a MoD official, "More attention is being paid to Special Forces after Para (Special Forces) conducted cross-border surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied-Kashmir (POK) in September 2016."

  • August 3, 2018
    DTTI and futuristic weapons
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 7th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) meeting was held in New Delhi on 18 July 2018, co-chaired by, Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production and US Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen M Lord.

  • August 3, 2018
    Nuclear missile tracking ship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to news in the media, India's secretive missile tracking / 'specialized' ocean surveillance ship 'VC11184' (yet to be commissioning) is undergoing harbour trials and is likely to be delivered to the Navy by December.