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Gurmeet Kanwal

Gurmeet Kanwal

Former distinguished fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhigurmeetkanwal@gmail.com
The writer is former director, Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi

By Gurmeet Kanwal

India’s Nuclear Doctrine: Is it moving from ‘no first use’ to ambiguity?

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was possibly sending a simple but blunt message to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan: Don’t threaten India.

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High time for a CDS: The creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) was realised after the Kargil War

PM Modi has announced the Indian armed forces will be headed by a chief of defence staff (CDS), who will integrate all three forces. This will be a game-changer.

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Stop the spiral and talk with Kashmir: We can't inflame passions in the Valley further for what may follow is terrible

We must put aside all vote-bank considerations and act in a statesman-like manner. National interest will be served by this and not by pushing Kashmir over the brink.

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Shooting Fire in Kargil: When India's determined artillery put the love of Allah in Pakistan's troops

Kargil was also won with the relentless artillery of the Indian army, which rained fire on the Pakistanis night and day, in an offensive last matched by its intensity only in World War 2.

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The Kargil Conflict of 1999: How Pakistan gave shape to its biggest military blunder

The Indian army needs to be forever vigilant against any Pakistani misadventure.

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Amit Shah must know amending the NIA Act and UAPA is not enough to counter terrorism

The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha. But India's ant-terrorism policy has many loopholes.

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When India needs to intervene: As our international role expands, so must our capabilities

As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit shows, India will be expected to play a far greater interventionist role in the region now. But, with China in the backdrop, just how prepared are we?

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Defence Budget 2019: India's defence spend is among the world's lowest. Meanwhile, China, Pakistan modernise their forces

Just when the nation is confronted by rapidly growing threats, the funds for defence expenditure in the interim budget for 2019-20 were grossly inadequate. This must be corrected.

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Pakistan's Triangle of Ties: Islamabad's relations with both China and the US are increasing misgivings on all sides

China is clearly using Pakistan as a pawn to further its own dreams of dominance. The US is far from pleased at this. How can India manage a situation that is both delicate, and volatile?

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A Very Tight Spot: India faces a huge security challenge with the possibility of a two-front conflict

India faces a grave two-front security threat from China and Pakistan. The menace could be even greater were the challenge to become a two-and-a-half-front threat which includes Kashmir.

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How to Make India Secure: A national security agenda for the next government

Our national security, a topmost priority, remains lagging severely behind other nations in absolutely key areas. The new govt must take heed of these gaps and modernise security on an urgent basis.

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Red Terror vs Our Error: The dastardly Maoist attack in Gadchiroli should serve as a strong wake-up call. We must tackle Naxal violence now

Maoist attacks equal almost 60% of terrorist violence in India over the last two decades. Yet, we seem unprepared in the face of growing danger. However, there can be clear ways to security as well.

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As The Belt Tightens: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is only generating resentment in Pakistan. Particularly among the volatile Baloch

Even as Imran Khan visits China, the Chinese are concerned about their workers in Pakistan. They face pressure from the people of Balochistan, enraged at the misuse of their resources and the abuse of their human rights.

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Repealing AFSPA: Political expediency will harm military operations and help militants

The Congress Party’s election manifesto suggests reviewing AFSPA. However, playing politics over this essential security act is only playing into the hands of insurgents who wish to harm India.

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This former Indian Army soldier has a message for Pakistan Army chief

Let us give peace a chance.

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India must keep politics out of its Army

The die has been cast and it is important that next Army chief Lt Gen Bipin Rawat begins with a clean slate.

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Can Donald Trump launch a nuclear attack?

Nuclear command and control is undoubtedly a challenging responsibility.

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What will happen if India-Pakistan break into a nuclear war

Pakistani army's advocacy of Indian disinclination to retaliate massively indicates a flawed analysis or is just a bluff.

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Any nuclear attack on India will lead to destruction of Pakistan

New Delhi will respond by executing its doctrine of massive retaliation and Islamabad will cease to exist as a functional nation state.

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Nawaz Sharif, please look within Pakistan before talking about Kashmir

The Pakistani PM seems to have forgotten about PoK, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Kashmir doesn't need guns, it needs a healing touch

There has been absolutely no progress in striving to reach a political solution acceptable to all the stakeholders in the Valley.

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Pampore attack: Pakistan doesn't want peace with India

New Delhi's strategy to fight Islamabad's proxies within its own borders has not yielded the desired dividends.

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The historic blunder of India no one talks about

After independence, Gwadar port was reportedly first offered to India by Sultan of Oman but India declined to accept the gift.

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Thanks to Modi, a new symphony in India-US defence partnership

However, it will take some time before the orchestra plays in harmony and its music resonates across the Indo-Pacific.

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NYT ran an ignorant editorial attacking India's NSG claims

New Delhi has been a responsible nuclear power and has a positive record on non-proliferation.

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US' Pakistan policy is hurting India-America ties

The Washington consensus on supporting the Pakistan army is fundamentally flawed.

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Manipur ambush: Why Army saw the worst attack in 20 years

The primary cause of strife in India's Northeastern states is an unstable internal security environment that has been compounded by political and economic neglect.

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One Rank-One Pension: Modi must resolve this

The PM must take charge before this issue becomes a festering sore on the psyche of the armed forces he reveres so much.

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#Modi1: Achhe din are here for the Indian armed forces

However, the lack of adequate defence preparedness has come in for severe criticism.

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Can Modi make India, China friends again?

The prime minister must highlight our core concerns, particularly those pertaining to territorial sovereignty.

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