Articles By Col JK Achuthan

Making the Indian Army Self-Sufficient

Making the Indian Army Self-Sufficient

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jul , 2019

Editors Comment: As a first the Ordinance Factory manufacturing the AK-203 Assault Rifle with Russian design and technology is the first truly Make in India project. This Factory is headed by a...

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Learning from Our Enemy: An Analysis of the Losses in the 1948 Indo-Pak...

Learning from Our Enemy: An Analysis of the Losses in the 1948 Indo-Pak...

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 18 Apr , 2019

The propensity of the Indian military leadership for trusting the Pakistani War Machine and leaving vital localities such as Ledi Galli and Pir Kanthi abandoned during heavy snowfall months...

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Does India Have a Viable Plan ‘B’ Against Pakistan?

Does India Have a Viable Plan ‘B’ Against Pakistan?

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Oct , 2018

Ever since the early 1940s, the erstwhile Muslim League Party which colluded with the British Rulers during the grim period of WW II to ensure its political resuscitation and gain the benefits of...

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What Made the ‘Sword of Islam’ Conquer Large Parts of the Ancient World?

What Made the ‘Sword of Islam’ Conquer Large Parts of the Ancient World?

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 23 Jun , 2018

The deep study of the characteristics of successful Muslim armies is very important for Indian military professionals, because we have Pakistan as our neighbour. Rulers there can unite the polity...

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‘Deep Operations’ Theory: 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War

‘Deep Operations’ Theory: 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 15 Dec , 2016

The need to understand the mechanics of conduct of ‘Deep Operations’ is paramount while undertaking offensive operations. “Limited War” and “Limited Objectives” are mindsets of the...

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Indian Army: Adopting ‘Deep Operations’ Doctrine

Indian Army: Adopting ‘Deep Operations’ Doctrine

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 22 Aug , 2016

In hostile interactions between nations, there are ‘no rules’ for the Victors till the status quo has been established. India is a continental country and should, therefore, have a realistic...

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Need for an Indian Marine Force

Need for an Indian Marine Force

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 21 Feb , 2016

Our continued neglect of the maritime frontier and the opportunities that it provides reflects the thinking of a ‘landlocked’ power. If we create a master plan to devote one per cent of our...

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India’s ‘War Doctrine’: The Next Decade

India’s ‘War Doctrine’: The Next Decade

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 23 Jul , 2015

In the natural progression of a country to take its rightful place in the world hierarchy by the middle of the next decade, India has no alternative but to make its processes simple, productive,...

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India can make major defence equipment

India can make major defence equipment

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 05 Apr , 2015

The Central Govt in India accords very high priority and funds allotment to cater for the equipment requirements of the Armed Forces. Yet the bulk of the major equipment requirements are neither...

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Attaining Strategic India 2020: Lessons From Niccolo Machiavelli

Attaining Strategic India 2020: Lessons From Niccolo Machiavelli

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 27 Feb , 2015

Great individuals associated with the Renaissance such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante Aligheri and Galileo were Florentine citizens. The forces of debate, democracy, organised guilds,...

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Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 20 Oct , 2014

A ‘heavy breakthrough capability’ in India’s context relates to having the capability to reach objectives up to 600km in depth, should the political circumstances impose war on our nation....

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Quest for the Golden Hind

Quest for the Golden Hind

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 13 Sep , 2014

The Indian military might today is at its nadir with neither vision nor drive to achieve quantifiable goals. The Indian Army has become similar to a national ‘militia’, good only in numbers...

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Why not have ‘Technical Support Division’ at the Army Corps Level?

Why not have ‘Technical Support Division’ at the Army Corps Level?

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 18 Jul , 2014

The essence of successful conventional defensive battle is in maintaining elasticity and cohesion; thereafter debilitating the enemy’s combat power to the danger zone of exhaustion and...

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Tackling Maoists : the Andhra paradigm

Tackling Maoists : the Andhra paradigm

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol 25.2 Apr-Jun 2010 | Date: 25 May , 2013

“The armed Threat from within is more dangerous than any external Threats.” -Leon Trotsky Introduction Today the greatest danger to India’s independence and flourishing democracy is the...

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Preparing India for a Protracted War

Preparing India for a Protracted War

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 15 Aug , 2012

To sustain the capability to fight a protracted war, it is essential that a significant portion of India’s defence production gets exported. This requires dedicated support from the Ministry of...

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