Experts Speak

  • May 12, 2017
    'Negative' defence budget - Goes more negative
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The relationship between economy and defence is that both are dependent on each other. Defence cannot be strong without good economy...

  • PM Modi’s Israel visit – Expectations?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minster will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since it also...

  • Another joint doctrine – But who will implement?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with headlines of “New defence doctrine to ensure Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts”.

  • Kamov helicopters – Finally through?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In March 2017, media reported that the Indo-Russian Kamov helicopter deal had hit a hurdle, pricing and technology transfer being main issues.

  • Pakistan’s ‘Jadhav’ sentencing – Rotten to the core
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release of April 10 by Pakistan’s notorious ISPR said that Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested from Balochistan on March 3, 2016 for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Section 3 of Official Secrets Act 1923...

  • Increased violence in Kashmir – And the enemy within
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The increased violence in Kashmir Valley doesn’t appear to have been as seriously as warranted, especially the institutionalized radicalization of the school going...

  • Indo-Bangla relations at all time high – Teesta should be next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The four day visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (April 7-10) has taken Indo-Bangladesh relations to an all time high.

  • Cyber war – Where are we?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Cyber attacks in India have been on the rise over the years, particularly against government sites and Indian missions abroad despite several layers of security measures in place to protect against intrusions.

  • ISIS menace – Caution time ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Bhopal-Ujjain train blast on March 7, 2017 injuring nine people is being heralded as the first strike by the Islamic State in India. It has now emerged that the members of this module inspired by ISIS, led by self-styled ‘emir’ Atif Muzaffar, had crisscrossed the country between February 2016 and January 2017 visiting...

  • Minesweepers void – Not good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports quoting the Parliamentary Committee for Defence, the existing fleet of six minesweeping vessels with the Indian Navy will be de-commissioned...

  • The border infrastructure mess
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Committee for Defence has been rapping the government for its lackadaisical approach to defence, however, this time it is the Comptroller...

  • China – Upping ante in Indo-Pacific
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claim to ‘historic rights’ in the South China Sea (SCS) brought up by Philippines last year...

  • Bullet Resistant Vests
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has been fighting cross-border proxy wars, terrorism and insurgencies past three decades plus.

  • Maoists violence – Far from over
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 10, 2017 an article titled ‘Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?’ appeared in the media.

  • Parrikar's exit and its impact on languishing defence projects
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Manohar Parrikar who held the office of the Defence Minister of India for two years and four months has now returned to Goa to take over as the new Chief Minister after the recent election in Goa.

  • Need for a full-time Minister of Defence
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    While the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa Chief Minister has been dictated by political expediency, this move has implications for the Indian armed forces

  • Change of Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar having moved to Panaji due to political expediency of the state of Goa, Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

  • Visit of Bangladesh PM – Expectations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Coming up next month in April is the all important visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh to India.

  • Pakistan – Defiant Frankenstein
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    By admitting that the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group but that the Pakistani government had no role in it, former Pakistan National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani has managed to hit headlines while keeping himself safe.

  • Special Forces – Efforts to bridge equipment voids
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with news headlines “Army on Shopping Spree, Commandos to Get Deadlier,” reporting that after the successful ‘surgical strikes’...

  • Military modernisation kaput – And the curse of committees
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the government on March 9 through its report tabled in Parliament on Demands for Grants...

  • QCG and the six plus one
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed to bring the Taliban on board to join...

  • Of Grenade Lobbing Robots – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As the battle for Mosul continues, the ISIS fights on with new technology. Tiny surveillance drones are employed to observe and report movement and positions...