Nov-Dec 2016

  • ON THE CUSP OF CHANGE
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    When viewed in a historical context, the year 2016 will perhaps be remembered as the year where change was attempted for the first time from the status quo mindset that has consumed India since Independence. For the Armed Forces, the past year has seen many positive developments and some downsides too, but the process of […]

  • ACCESS CONTROL
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    As the former GOC of the Nagrota Corps, the recent terrorist related incident resulting in loss of precious lives was a cause for much anguish and introspection. I am reminded of two incidents in my army career which have left an imprint on my thinking in regard to security and access control. In the first, […]

  • THE HELICOPTER –THE ENIGMA
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    For those who undergo flying training in the IAF and elsewhere, it invariably starts with a piston-engined, propeller driven, two-seat trainer. But before one jumps into the cockpit to fly, for the uninitiated, there is a host of ground subjects to study, ranging from Principles of Flight, Airmanship, Aero-engines, Navigation (no Google), Meteorology, Aviation Medicine […]

  • THE INDIAN NAVY IN 2016 – NEED FOR INTROSPECTION
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    The ignominy of INS Betwa, a frontline warship lying on its side in a dry-dock with a totally damaged mast is an inglorious visual that frames one end of the trajectory of the Indian Navy (IN) in 2016. Sadly for the IN, this unprecedented and highly embarrassing mishap took place in Mumbai’s naval dockyard on […]

  • CHOKING TERRORIST FINANCING: A MUCH NEEDED STEP
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    Hybrid wars are protracted and cannot be fought in isolation by a single agency. To outsource such wars to security forces is a bad idea to pursue because it cannot be taken to logical conclusion without the whole of government approach. Security forces can check only violence and bring it down to a sustainable level […]

  • WEAPONS, NARCOTICS, AND FAKE CURRENCY
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    This article examines the relationship between terrorism and its financing by criminal methods and means like weapons smuggling, narcotics trafficking and fake currency circulation. What motivates and necessitates terrorists to use these modes of criminal finance and the benefits thereby that accrue to terrorist organisations is also examined. The article also explores the comparative scale […]

  • COUNTERING RADICALISATION AND VIOLENT EXTREMISM
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    Let us not link radicalisation of Muslims to a few young Muslims joining ISIS, though none joined al-Qaeda. After all, the Taliban who created a satanic system of mis-governance in Afghanistan were ordinary students and teachers of Deobandi and ahl-e- Hadeesi madrasas in Pakistan, who studied the same text books as do Muslim students of […]

  • INDIA’s NATIONAL SECURITY
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    An essential attribute of security is its dynamic nature. Every threat has r e s p o n s e options which the societal l e a d e r s h i p decides to adopt. In the event the response is appropriate the threat is neutralised; or else the threat overcomes the resistance […]

  • DON’T NUKE THE DEBATE
    Posted in: Nov-Dec 2016

    While speaking at the launch of The New Arthashastra: A Security Strategy for India (HarperCollins India, 2016), the book I have edited on India’s national security strategy, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that there should be an element of unpredictability in the country’s military strategy. Thinking aloud while answering a question, he wondered whether India’s […]