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Brig SK Chatterji (retd)

Brig SK Chatterji (retd)

Retired army officerskchatts@hotmail.com
The writer is the Editor of BharatShakti.in. An artillery officer, he commanded a brigade in the deserts before commanding one in intense counterinsurgency environment.

By Brig SK Chatterji (retd)

Making India More Secure: The challenge that faces Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister

With the BJP using security as a major plank of its election campaign, a lot is expected now from Mr Rajnath Singh. And the challenges that confront him are enormous.

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From Doklam to Uri to Pulwama, India was caught off-guard. But preparedness is the only way to combat terrorism

The Pulwama attack was an intelligence failure, until we accept that, we will remain exposed to such acts of terrorism. That said, the only way we can fight such slips is if India's defence is amped up.

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The Greater Game: Several powers are interested in controlling Afghanistan. Its future will impact each one of them too

As the US talks with the Taliban, everyone from the Afghan govt to India, China and Pakistan, are watching. What role will each power play in the war-torn country which could be a new breeding ground for ISIS and al-Qaeda?

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Beyond the euphoria: The Kartarpur Corridor and security issues

With the increased flow of traffic along this corridor, smugglers and criminals will also creep in.

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What Mahinda Rajapaksa becoming Sri Lankan PM means for India

Rajapaksa’s pro-Chinese stance has given New Delhi reasons to worry.

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Why Bhutan's 2018 general election results could concern India

A change in guard at Thimphu could mean a pro-China tilt. As such, India needs to retain its primacy in Bhutan's foreign policy priorities.

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Will Rafale deal be able to dodge the political fusillade?

The requirement of addressing the depleting strength of the Indian Air Force is an issue beyond debate.

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How India can counter China in Indian Ocean

The Indian defence outlook post-Independence has been centered around to its land borders. New Delhi needs to look at the seas now.

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Why JuD contesting general elections should worry Pakistan more than India

Pakistan Army will remain the all-important decisive force by calibrating the role of terror groups.

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Why the time is right for Army to intensify anti-terror operations in Kashmir

Pakistan will make a concerted effort to prove that Governor's rule is no answer to the troubles of the people living in the Valley.

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Army uniform row: Are we going to see shabbily dressed soldiers at their posts?

With about 50 per cent cut in supply from ordnance factories, it will interesting to see if they can face the challenge from other bidders.

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Defence Planning Committee is not enough to fight security challenges. India needs a chief of defence staff

The ministry of defence bureaucracy will certainly have to increase its pace in decision-making instead of endless comments and notings on file.

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Nawaz Sharif won't go down without kicking and screaming, even Pakistan knows that

The cornered former PM will find enough means to dent the Pakistani leadership’s image in the days to come.

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Is Doklam the reason why Australia is kept out of Malabar 2018?

The Quad has a combination that worries China, and there are good reasons for it.

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What Defence Expo 2018 achieved for India

Almost every major global defence manufacturer was in Chennai to retain and expand its market.

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Defence budget: Why allocating 1.56% of GDP is not enough to withstand another Doklam

Despite approvals given to a number of acquisitions, nothing much seems to have been delivered on the ground.

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Why India can't afford to ignore its air force in 2018

The pace at which modernisation is being pursued even now by the dispensation at Delhi is quite inadequate.

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What the Kurdish referendum means for separatist aspirations across the world

The Kurds of Iraq have strengthened their case for a state of their own.

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China must learn from US: Economic corridor with Pakistan is dangerous

CPEC runs through one of the most volatile stretches in the world.

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Doklam standoff: Breaking down Chinese media attack on India

Among Beijing's objectives was to lower India’s prestige in the region as well as globally.

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Doklam standoff: China can't go on, winter is coming

The obvious first step for both sides is to return to their old positions.

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India desperately needs a chief of defence staff

The need is to first decide on the rationale for creating joint commands.

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Why our armed forces need to talk to the media more often

Public support for military operations is critical to any war effort, especially so in democracies.

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Sri Lanka snaking between Chinese dragon and Indian elephant

A few issues have historically dogged the India-Sri Lanka relationship.

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What New Delhi must learn about Kashmir from Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz's murder

Our problem in the Valley has not just been losing out on the gains garnered repeatedly, but also losing the media space to militants.

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Attacks on Indian security forces by Pakistan: How prepared are we?

We need to stabilise Kashmir. Dialogues with separatists are useful only after the terror infrastructure has been put on the backfoot.

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