Countering Pakistan’s war: Tactical assertiveness, strategic restraint

While the strategic restraint shown by India despite grave provocation enabled the country to keep the level of conflict low and sustain a high rate of economic growth, it failed to create any disincentives for Pakistan s deep state. The remaining roots of the militancy in J&K are now in Pakistan...

CLAWS Scholar Warrior | Aug 4, 2017
Pakistan Army: Stung in the tail

In keeping with its visceral hatred of India and in order to weaken India, as also to further China's objectives of reducing India's influence in Asia and confining it to the backwaters of the Indian Ocean as a subaltern state, the Pakistan army has adopted a carefully calculated strategy of...

Oct 5, 2016
Long term implications of the rise of the Islamic State for stability in West Asia

The newly proclaimed Islamic State, not recognised by any other state as yet, is also called ISIS; ISIL; and, Daesh. The US has been arming the Syrian opposition led by the Free Syrian Army for several years to fight President Assad. It now hopes the Syrian opposition will join the fight against...

Door Drishti | Aug 4, 2015
Pakistan’s proxy war in Kashmir continues unabated

The twin terror attacks at Kathua and Samba in the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir on March 20-21, 2015, the anti-India rally held by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Masarat Alam at Srinagar on April 15, 2015, and renewed attempts by the Pakistan army and the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate to...

Salute | May 5, 2015
Fighting terrorism

In an address to officers of the Intelligence Bureau on December 23, 2009; the Home Minister had envisioned the NCTC as an Organisation capable of "Preventing a terrorist attack, containing a terrorist attack should one take place, and responding to a terrorist attack by inflicting pain upon the...

The Tribune | Feb 20, 2012
Siachen conflict and the Indo-Pak rapprochement

The latter is unwilling to accept delineation of the AGPL as it has been telling its own people that they are in a dominating position at Siachen. If Pakistan violates a mutually agreed disengagement from Siachen and occupies vacated areas at any time in the future, India will have many options -...

Jul 12, 2005
The threat of biological terrorism and India’s response

The aim of the present article is to analyse the nature of the threat posed by biological agents and a probable bio-terrorist attack; and Indias' response and needed-strategy to deal with the threats of biological terrorism. "The mismatch between threat assessments and preparedness efforts can be...

Indian Council of World Affairs | Apr 5, 2005
War in Iraq

Like in Gulf War I, Kosovo and in Afghanistan, the first deadly payloads in Gulf War Il were delivered from the air - by coalition air force, including, the air corps of the US marines, land-attack cruise missiles attack helicopters and smart artillery shells. In the ultimate the analysis the Powell...

Sahara Time | Jan 16, 2004
Asymmetric Warfare-II

The aim will be to make the few remaining heavy forces more mobile and easily deployable and the light forces more lethal. The moves towards Force XXII and the Army After Next are a reflection of the Pentagon's latest assessment of US strategy and the force structure required to defend vital...

The Statesman | Mar 12, 2002
Asymmetric Warfare-I

Simultaneously, work had commenced on the early 21st century army force to be called Force XXI, to be fully operational by 2010. Force XXI would be followed by a still more modernised new force that would be designed to meet future challenges likely to confront the US army around 2020-25.

The Statesman | Mar 11, 2002
International danger diabolic: Osama’s war

With a grim face, President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism and General Colin Powell, his Secretary of State, lost no time in pointing a finger at Osama bin Laden as the primary suspect. In striking at the heart of US capitalism and national security, Osama bin Laden, perhaps the preeminent...

PTI Feature | Sep 29, 2001
Kashmir army has militants on the run

Contrary to the canards being spread by vested interests, that the army is tired and India is negotiating from a position of weakness in J&K, the army has actually enhanced its capability to deal with the foreign-sponsored insurgency by several orders of magnitude. The army has never been so assured...

PTI Feature | Aug 22, 2001
Star wars

Missile defences require an elaborate surveillance and early warning system to detect a hostile launch through military satellites and ground-based radars and suitable interceptors to destroy the incoming missile before it can reach its intended target.

The Statesman | May 14, 2001
Unholy warriors

Syed Salahuddin, wants India to recognise that Pakistan is a party to the Kashmir dispute, to agree to engage in tripartite talks with Pakistan and Kashmiri representatives and to reduce the number of troops deployed in Kashmir to 1989 levels. Violent acts of terrorism in J&K and elsewhere in India...

The Statesman | Jan 28, 2001
Limited War

The Indo-Pakistan conflicts of 1947-48, 1965 and 1971, the Falklands War, the long drawn out lran-lraq conflict, the Soviet intervention in and ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Gulf War of 1990-91 were all limited wars. Not only does the sudden outbreak of a limited war between India...

The Statesman | Dec 16, 2000
A proxy war

Favourable prospects for peace in J&K unnerved the Pakistan army and the ISI. Though Islamabad had approved the Hizbul's initial cease-fire move, to score some diplomatic brownie points, Pakistan's military rulers belatedly realised that their control over the militancy in Kashmir would be gradually...

The Statesman | Aug 27, 2000
Psychic warfare: Military exploitation of paranormal

Imagine psychic intelligence agents capable of remotely reading top secret files and visualising the exact layout of military installations thousands of kilometres away, reading the minds of the enemy's civilian and military leaders and altering their thought processes, even killing them through...

Daily Excelsior | Apr 4, 2000
Pakistan’s continuing challenge in Kashmir: Need for a trans-LoC pro-active response

Pakistan army's foolhardy attack on a forward Indian post on the Line of Control in the Palanwala sector of the area of responsibility of the Akhnur Division on January 22, 2000, was part of Pakistan's larger gameplan of keeping the LoC active so as to perpetuate the myth that Kashmir is a nuclear...

Strategic Analysis | Mar 5, 2000
Terrorised for how long?

How should the Indian state apparatus fight the menace of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in J&K and elsewhere? The experience gained over ten years suggests that a reactive counter-insurgency policy, limited to military action against the militants within India's borders, cannot eliminate insurgency....

The Indian Express | Jan 28, 2000
Proxy war in Kashmir: Jehad or state sponsored terrorism?

Pakistan's General Zia ul Haq's concept was to exploit the religious sentiments of the Kashmiri people, whip up passions on communal and sectarian lines, fan the flames of religious fundamentalism and, in the process, gradually create conditions for waging a jehad. Before launching its proxy war in...

Strategic Analysis | Apr 5, 1999