Articles By Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee

Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

Awakening to National Defence: Hope at Last?

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 17 Nov , 2018

Clausewitz had prophesized that it was mandatory for a nation’s political leadership to possess a fair understanding of the profession of arms. For the military institution to deliver...

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Balancing Politics and Power: Prognosis of China’s Military Build-Up

Balancing Politics and Power: Prognosis of China’s Military Build-Up

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 29 Oct , 2017

So far we have attributed the PRC’s military build-up to its likelihood of turning into a regional tormentor. Indeed, it is wise to be circumspect. Besides, in the entire pan Asian region,...

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Now Doklam: Renounce of the Eternal ‘Wisdom of China’

Now Doklam: Renounce of the Eternal ‘Wisdom of China’

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2017

The Hoary and Sublime‘Wisdom of China’ Scholars and strategists across the globe have always wondered at the excellence of China’s hoary strategic Wisdom. This is a Wisdom which is derived...

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Now is the time to undo Kashmir Blunder

Now is the time to undo Kashmir Blunder

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Apr , 2017

“If you do not have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy” – Alvin Toffler There are individuals and groups of socio-political inclinations in many parts of the country who...

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Government’s New Defence Initiative: Committee of Experts

Government’s New Defence Initiative: Committee of Experts

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 19 Jan , 2017

In convening the Review, the MoD has treaded a path of wisdom and it needs to be congratulated on this initiative. But to ensure that the path is not lost to wilderness, it needs to be considered...

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One Wonders: It Happens Only in India !!

One Wonders: It Happens Only in India !!

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2016

It is said that morale makes a soldier, sailor and airman victorious against extreme and unforgiving odds. Therefore it comes as a surprise that while the Indian state finds Pakistan as an enemy...

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The Government’s Burden of Military Security

The Government’s Burden of Military Security

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 31 Jul , 2016

It needs no revelation that there is widespread consternation within the strategically committed community, the intelligentsia and the media over the growing obsolescence and declining...

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Nurturing Military Institutions: For the Good of the Nation

Nurturing Military Institutions: For the Good of the Nation

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 02 May , 2016

Over the following decades, while the nation’s military capability went through cycles of rise and fall depending upon the degree of the Government’s geo-strategic naivety, denigration of the...

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Counter-Point: Has India no Strategic Culture!

Counter-Point: Has India no Strategic Culture!

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Nov , 2015

“Don’t hit at all if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft”. – Theodore Roosevelt Burden of Strategic Thinking India’s strategic community has always been cold...

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China’s Game of Territorial Claims

China’s Game of Territorial Claims

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 12 Oct , 2015

There is no hope of a resolution of the India-PRC border dispute unless it is grossly in favour of China. It would, therefore, be wise for India to learn to live with the problem – as indeed...

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The bureaucracy eternal ...

The bureaucracy eternal ...

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Sep , 2015

 “Sadly, the society is not usually ruled by great men, but small ones whom circumstances have brought into positions of power”. (Purpose of the following muse is not to defend bureaucracy...

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Think Over .... , Think-Tanks!

Think Over .... , Think-Tanks!

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Date: 02 Sep , 2015

“The only thing harder than getting new things into the military mind is to get the old ones out”, – Liddel Hart Focus of Thinking The number of ‘think-tanks’ dedicated to the...

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Call for a Native Indian Military Doctrine

Call for a Native Indian Military Doctrine

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 31 Aug , 2015

It is historically recognised that the conduct of war has much to do with intellect, creativity and initiative. From this angle, it is imperative to devote attention towards the conceptual...

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The Himalayan Sentinel and a Strike Corps

The Himalayan Sentinel and a Strike Corps

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 02 Feb , 2015

The Indian Army remains handicapped in terms of its war making potential and lack of military infrastructure along the ever-vulnerable Indo-Tibet Border. The military men’s cause was first...

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Pakistan’s Nuclear Choreography

Pakistan’s Nuclear Choreography

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 29 Dec , 2014

The vice-like grip of Pakistan’s nuclear choreography is so mesmerising that India seems to be unable, or unwilling, break free of the spell it has cast, and so be able to evaluate hard facts...

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India's hollowness and Pak’s perpetual war path

India's hollowness and Pak’s perpetual war path

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Aug , 2014

“Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from defeat” – Jean-Paul Sartre After many years, the nation’s retrieval of some lost territory astride the Kargil...

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Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

Internal Security: The Maoist Dimension

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 13 Aug , 2014

The Maoist rebellion is a phenomenon, an adverse one of course, in which bands of armed local inhabitants, led by firebrand ‘area commanders’, assume a role that should truly lie within the...

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Chief of Defence Staff: A Debilitating Dilemma

Chief of Defence Staff: A Debilitating Dilemma

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.1 Jan-Mar 2014 | Date: 18 May , 2014

It will take years to streamline the archaic system of higher defence management in India. Meanwhile, trapped in the complexities of the geo-political adversities, India’s compulsion of...

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Empowerment of a Power House: The Infantry Battalion

Empowerment of a Power House: The Infantry Battalion

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 28.4 Oct-Dec 2013 | Date: 31 Jan , 2014

By age-old convention, most wars have various forms of tactical operations undertaken under one overall plan – set-piece, irregular and Special Operations, for example. Indeed, the so called...

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The Economics of Defence: Investment vs Deterrence

The Economics of Defence: Investment vs Deterrence

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 28.3 Jul-Sep 2013 | Date: 16 Nov , 2013

Alongside the troubles concurrent and brewing, there are hopeful signs of matured realisation and some improvements in the situation. History proves that such improvements in inter-state...

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