Experts Speak

  • India-Russia relations take next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The recent meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the BRICs summit at Goa and the deals signed between India and Russia have silenced the critics that the Modi Government is putting all its eggs in the basket of America.

  • Surgical strike in cyberspace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While the surgical strikes by Indian Special Forces in PoK on September 28 was heating up the digital media both in India in Pakistan, opposition parties baying for proof and Nawaz Sharif in denial till Ghulam Akbar, SP of Mirpur spilled the beans, surgical strikes by Indian hackers were also hitting Pakistan in cyberspace.

  • Big ticket acquisitions — Overshadowing cutting edge again?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, the MoD is working towards seeking an annual hike of eight percent in terms of capital expenditure in the next decade...

  • SAARC shuns Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan is blaming India for pulling out from the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.

  • Coming up — Israel type border fence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Israel last year and Pakistan's heightened hostility and persistent infiltration attempts, the government appears all set to install an Israel type of fence along our western border.

  • Give more to private sector
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the second half of 1980's the Army went in for import of man-portable paratrooping parachutes from South Korea and Poland. Since the imports were done in bulk to make up operational voids there were no elaborate tests within India.

  • New Long Range SAM
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India successfully conducted the second test of the new Indo-Israeli surface to air missile (LRSAM) on September 20 from the launching complex - III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.

  • Army Design Bureau is good but need to look far beyond
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Setting up of the Army Design Bureau (ADB) in August this year is a good step even though late by few decades.

  • When will our military get its due?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Equipping Units — Slapped by UN this time
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Terrorist State — will Pakistan get the tag?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    September 20 was historical with US Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced 'H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act' in the US Congress.

  • Indian Army Launches Surgical Strikes along the Line of Control
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Beyond the Surgical Strike
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Indian Army has now been given a free hand to take appropriate action against the enemy operating across the LoC from PoK.

  • India Responds to Uri Terror Strike
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India executed surgical strikes against multiple terrorist launch pads-cum training camps in four sectors of POK on night September 28-29. Post the Uri terrorist attack, Nawaz Sharif had shed the fake mask of friendship...

  • Uri Attack — Same story, more lethal
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a well planned and coordinated terrorist attack Pakistan struck the army camp in Uri in the early hours of September 18. 20 soldiers are already reported dead and 32 injured.

  • The Kashmir Imbroglio
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The peace and serenity of Uri, a small town on the banks of river Jhelum in the district of Baramulla in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), which is near the Line of Control (LOC), was brutally shattered in the wee hours of the morning of September 18, 2016.

  • Indo-Afghan friendship scales greater heights
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani's recent visit came at a time when Pakistan's exposure as a generator of terrorism has gained momentum. Not only have countries India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh pointed out Pakistan as the crucible of terror, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent statements...

  • Indo-Russian Strategic Partnership — No reset required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the US has been a subject of intense debate in the media. Despite it being a logistic exchange agreement a cross section opined...

  • Of Helmets and Bullet Proof Jackets
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to media reports, "The Indian Army is still nowhere near getting desperately-needed modern helicopters, howitzers and air defence weapons, or even new assault rifles and carbines, to plug its critical operational deficiencies.