Articles By Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.)

20 year after Kargil: India's Military Modernisation remains unaddressed

20 year after Kargil: India's Military Modernisation remains unaddressed

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 16 Jul , 2019

July 2019 marks the 20th anniversary  of the Kargil war that caught India by surprise in the summer of 1999.  Pakistani troops under the guise of being ‘irregulars’  violated Indian...

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Space warfare: The aspiration-constraint challenge for India

Space warfare: The aspiration-constraint challenge for India

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Jun , 2019

Media reports indicate that India is organizing its first simulated space-warfare exercise in late July, ostensibly to counter China’s growing capabilities in this hi-technology domain that...

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India's Terrorism Challenge cannot be Framed in Dangerous Binaries

India's Terrorism Challenge cannot be Framed in Dangerous Binaries

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 14 Apr , 2019

Terrorism has  become a major issue in the current election campaign and Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the tone in a very undesirable and divisive manner  when he addressed a rally in Wardha,...

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Modi Foreign-Security Policy Record: Some success, some hard realities

Modi Foreign-Security Policy Record: Some success, some hard realities

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 01 Apr , 2019

As India prepares for the next general election in April-May,  where almost 900 million citizens are eligible to vote in what is often described as the biggest carnival of democracy, the pre-poll...

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Pulwama-Balakot can be defining moment for India in a long drawn out war

Pulwama-Balakot can be defining moment for India in a long drawn out war

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 11 Mar , 2019

The grenade attack in Jammu city on Thursday (March 7) that killed two people and injured more than 40 has been attributed to the Hizbul Mujahedin and comes a few weeks after the Pulwama attack....

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Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

Pulwama attack: Need for a radical review of internal security, foreign policy

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 17 Feb , 2019

The suicide bomber terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in the Pulwama district February 14 that killed more than 40 troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force and injured many others is the...

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Kabul flux a foreign policy challenge for India

Kabul flux a foreign policy challenge for India

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 23 Jan , 2019

Kabul remains  vulnerable to Taliban terror attacks even as it is  the focus of renewed diplomatic activity in the new year.   January 2019  is  the 18th such dawn since the 9/11 al-Qaida  attacks...

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India-Pakistan: The Berlin Wall Moment is Still Far Away

India-Pakistan: The Berlin Wall Moment is Still Far Away

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 19 Dec , 2018

The six kilometre Kartarpur corridor that will connect the Indian state of Punjab with the holy Sikh shrine in Pakistan—the much revered Kartarpur Sahib—the final resting place of Guru Nanak,...

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The complicated India-Pakistan Dynamic: Can it build on the Kartarpur hope?

The complicated India-Pakistan Dynamic: Can it build on the Kartarpur hope?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 30 Nov , 2018

The politics, and the complicated dynamics, enveloping the troubled India-Pakistan  relationship came into sharp focus once again at the foundation stone-laying ceremony  of the “Kartarpur...

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Turbulence in Sri Lanka: Are leaders playing the proxy India-China game?

Turbulence in Sri Lanka: Are leaders playing the proxy India-China game?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 31 Oct , 2018

Sri Lankan politics witnessed unexpected turbulence when President Maithripala Sirisena decided to sack his Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and, in a surprising move, appointed his arch-rival...

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India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution...

India distributes its strategic dependence: Prioritising US, but no dilution...

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 20 Sep , 2018

The twice-postponed 2 plus 2 talks between India and the USA which brought the foreign and defence ministers of both countries together at one forum concluded on an upbeat note in New Delhi on...

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India must show its a different kind of a Nuclear-Weapon Power

India must show its a different kind of a Nuclear-Weapon Power

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 06 Aug , 2018

August 6 is etched  in an apocalyptic manner on the global consciousness given the nuclear enormity that engulfed  the unsuspecting residents of Japan’s Hiroshima on that day in 1945.  Three days...

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Needed a Vajpayee template to resolve Kashmir

Needed a Vajpayee template to resolve Kashmir

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 02 Jul , 2018

The bugle for the 2019 national election has been sounded by the  Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  through its decision  to pull out of an  uneasy and prickly alliance it had forged with the...

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Resetting India–Nepal ties: Oli shows his pragmatism

Resetting India–Nepal ties: Oli shows his pragmatism

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 18 Apr , 2018

The visit by Nepalese Prime Minister KPS Oli to Delhi on April 6 continued a tradition going back to 1990, wherein the elected leader of Kathmandu makes India the first destination for an official...

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DefExpo 2018: Can it be the catalyst for India's goal of strategic autonomy?

DefExpo 2018: Can it be the catalyst for India's goal of strategic autonomy?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 07 Apr , 2018

The four-day long DefExpo  2018 that opens outside of  Chennai on April 11  has been innovatively and generously showcased as  ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and a large...

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India needs to bring more Innovation, Indigenisation in National Security Matrix

India needs to bring more Innovation, Indigenisation in National Security Matrix

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 01 Feb , 2018

India’s overall  financial outlay in the  national  budget offers some instructive  insights about the constraints and the opportunities in which national security  in its most...

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Netanyahu's India visit: Promoting mutual strategic interests

Netanyahu's India visit: Promoting mutual strategic interests

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 16 Jan , 2018

The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India (January 14-19)  commemorates  the 25th anniversary of the opening of an Indian embassy in Tel Aviv in 1992 and will further...

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Will Xi sign up on Modi's SAGAR vision?

Will Xi sign up on Modi's SAGAR vision?

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 16 Dec , 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi outlined India’s maritime potential and current profile in a commendable manner at the commissioning ceremony of INS Kalvari, a Scorpene-class diesel submarine at...

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India-Singapore naval agreement: Significance beyond the bilateral

India-Singapore naval agreement: Significance beyond the bilateral

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 02 Dec , 2017

India and Singapore signed the India-Singapore Bilateral Agreement (Nov 29) for naval cooperation during the second Defence Minister’s Dialogue held in Delhi between the two countries. This...

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India raises its profile in ASEAN

India raises its profile in ASEAN

By: Commodore C Uday Bhaskar (Retd.) | Date: 22 Nov , 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Manila for the 12th  East Asia Summit (EAS) November  13-14 also  included a hectic schedule of bilateral and multilateral meetings,  such as the...

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