Articles By Brig Amar Cheema

Kashmir - The Pivot of Geopolitical Dynamics in South Asia

Kashmir - The Pivot of Geopolitical Dynamics in South Asia

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 31 Aug , 2018

Adorning the head of the Indian sub-continent, the borders of the Princely State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) jutted northwards, connecting with the gnarled heights of the Pamirs in the north-west...

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‘Op TOPAC’: Confronting Strategic Asymmetry

‘Op TOPAC’: Confronting Strategic Asymmetry

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 19 Aug , 2018

“The Proxy War between India and Pakistan has no fronts, no rules of the Game and is not time bound.”[1] The seeds for disintegrating India were planted by General Zia as early as 1982-83,...

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Between Wars 1965 to 1971

Between Wars 1965 to 1971

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 13 Aug , 2018

The years between the two wars were turbulent times for both Pakistan and India. Having lost her indomitable Prime Minister at Tashkent, the Indian polity threw up the relatively unknown Mrs...

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The War in the Valley, Baltistan and Ladakh

The War in the Valley, Baltistan and Ladakh

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Date: 14 Nov , 2017

Operations of 161 Brigade After the link up with Punch, Brigadier Sen firmed in the defences of his brigade around Uri. He deployed 1 SIKH and 4 KUMAON at Uri while 2 DOGRA was deployed for the...

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Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

Lessons from the 1962 Sino-Indian War in Ladakh

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 19 Nov , 2016

This is the third and concluding part of the Sino-Indian war, and although, it covers the wider canvas of the war, it focuses on Ladakh. The previous parts of the extracts from the book: The...

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Decision Making in War: Recalling India’s Military History

Decision Making in War: Recalling India’s Military History

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Oct , 2016

War is a costly proposition and the currency of war is life and limb. Leaders at all levels are required to attain the results with minimum effort and risk to own forces. Unfortunately, Indian...

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Revisiting India’s Geo-Strategic Challenge of Siachen

Revisiting India’s Geo-Strategic Challenge of Siachen

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Apr , 2016

For Indians 13 April translates as a day of celebrations due to the festivities of Baisakhi. However, the day also marks the beginning of the longest operation in the annals of the Indian...

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Wanted a full Spectrum Military Doctrine

Wanted a full Spectrum Military Doctrine

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 02 Dec , 2015

The military, which is a major component of the nation’s CNP, needs to be contribute meaningfully to this future, for which it needs to be given direction and enabled in terms of capabilities....

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1962 Sino-Indian War: The Occupation of Tibet by China and the American...

1962 Sino-Indian War: The Occupation of Tibet by China and the American...

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 12 Nov , 2015

This is the second of the series and is aimed to present details of the occupation of Tibet by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), followed by the American Secret War in Tibet, both events...

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1962: The Sino-Indian War: Reflections of the Past

1962: The Sino-Indian War: Reflections of the Past

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 09 Nov , 2015

The 1962, Sino-Indian war is (rightly) remembered by Indians by its ignominy. While, this is justified, it needs to be heighted that the roots of the debacle lay squarely with the leadership; the...

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27 October 1947: The Spectacular Rescue of Kashmir

27 October 1947: The Spectacular Rescue of Kashmir

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

Celebrated as the Infantry Day by the Indian Army, 27th October, 1947, was truly spectacular in the annals of Indian History – Not only did the Post-Independence Indian Army come into its own,...

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Syria: The End of GWOT or a case for Renewed Crusade?

Syria: The End of GWOT or a case for Renewed Crusade?

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Oct , 2015

If history was to define a moment when the modern world changed before our eyes, it would be that fateful day when ‘Islamic Jihadis’(sic),in true kamikaze style, rammed  commercial airliners...

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Syria in the Crosswire of Great Power Rivalry

Syria in the Crosswire of Great Power Rivalry

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Oct , 2015

The relationship between war and plunder is axiomatic; behind sermons of national interests and morality lie material gains. Such has been the story of mankind and such is the conundrum ‘in’...

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The Indecent Exposure - Lessons from the OROP Imbroglio

The Indecent Exposure - Lessons from the OROP Imbroglio

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Date: 09 Sep , 2015

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure” – George Edward Woodberry Rejoice my friends – my countrymen, we have collectively achieved the impossible;...

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Games Nations Play: The Middle East Conflict — A Game of Gas Pipelines

Games Nations Play: The Middle East Conflict — A Game of Gas Pipelines

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Aug , 2015

A decade may appear to be a microcosm compared to the infinity of time, however, when measured on the scale of geo-politics, a decade can often become an eternity. Viewed in the context of the...

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India’s Vijay at Kargil: Lessons that Remain Unlearnt from the Past

India’s Vijay at Kargil: Lessons that Remain Unlearnt from the Past

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 13 Jul , 2015

“The Kargil Operation was an audacious attempt to seize an opportunity of historic proportions.”[1] The 1999 military confrontation on the heights of Kargil was a perilous episode in the...

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The First Kashmir War and Lessons for India

The First Kashmir War and Lessons for India

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Book Excerpts: The Crimson Chinar | Date: 03 Apr , 2015

Mr C Dasgupta’s acerbic comment that the first Kashmir War was ‘moderated’ and ‘finessed’ is an unsettling truth and a reflection on how the longest war Independent India has ever...

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Kashmir’s Historic Moment: Giving Peace a Chance

Kashmir’s Historic Moment: Giving Peace a Chance

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Mar , 2015

Despite its splendour and idyllic environs, Kashmir continues to evoke images of conflict, dissent and discord- the conflict which has been raging for decades, both ‘for’ and ‘within’ the...

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Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

Kashmir: India-China-Pakistan Triangular Conflict

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2014

“Poor Kashmir, it lies in the Himalayan ramparts where the borders of India, Pakistan and China rub together. Reality mocks its beauty. There is no escaping the permeating meloncholy of a land...

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Competitive Shia-Sunni Gas Pipelines Politics?

Competitive Shia-Sunni Gas Pipelines Politics?

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jun , 2014

When combat soldiers are faced with a chemical attack, the military practice to exhale polluted air before donning a protective mask is by shouting ‘gas-gas-gas.’ By repeating the ‘G’...

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