Articles By Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee

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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The Fall of Maoist Revolution

The Fall of Maoist Revolution

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jul , 2013

Having murdered the leading Congress party functionaries in Chattisgarh and celebrating that macabre act like the savages do, the Maoists have now elaborated their ‘hit list’ of politicians...

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Maoists: Whence to the Land of Freedom...

Maoists: Whence to the Land of Freedom...

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Book Excerpt: Reign of the Red Rebellion | Date: 27 Jun , 2013

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high … Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.” —Tagore India is a millennium old civilisation of diverse...

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Veneration of a fallen enemy: A Missionary View

Veneration of a fallen enemy: A Missionary View

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jan , 2013

Professional soldiers mutilate none, dead or alive, enemy or friend. Indeed, a martyred enemy is an object of sombre empathy and deep veneration. Pakistan Army soldiers – most of them – are highly...

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Just Missiles are not Enough

Just Missiles are not Enough

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 07 Jan , 2013

It was a red letter day for the DRDO when the Agni V ICBM was successfully test fired on 19 Apr 2012. Indeed, it was a landmark event for the country as far as its military security is concerned....

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Pretending “Soldiers”

Pretending “Soldiers”

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date: 19 Dec , 2012

Playing a ‘soldier’ has always been a very enticing engagement amongst children. Even grown-ups of prominent status like the tag of being a ‘military- man’, as evidenced by their urge to...

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India, Tibet, China: The contending triumvirate

India, Tibet, China: The contending triumvirate

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Oct , 2012

“When there is everything to fear, be unafraid. When without resources, depend on resourcefulness”, – Sun Tsu. The territorial dispute in the Trans-Himalayan Region is a legacy of the eternal...

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1962: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of a National Blunder!

1962: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of a National Blunder!

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 03 Oct , 2012

Our narrative of the 1962 border conflict is but a list of self-deprecating ‘never dos’. A force of just three weak Brigades in the Eastern and two in the Western Sectors out of forty odd in...

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Preserving the Military Institution

Preserving the Military Institution

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 27.1 -Mar 2012 | Date: 06 Apr , 2012

Military leaders at all levels have to girdle up to protect the exclusivity of the military establishment from attempts of misguided, even if unintentional, dilutions from within the fraternity...

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PLA: Thrust on Integrated Joint War-Fighting

PLA: Thrust on Integrated Joint War-Fighting

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.4 Oct-Dec 2011 | Date: 26 Dec , 2011

“Therefore, soldiers do not have a constant position, water does not have a constant shape, and to be able to attain victory in response to the change of the enemy is called miraculous”,...

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Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation I

Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation I

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 04 Oct , 2011

A Case of Sleep-walk? Recently, the ‘Ajay Vikram Singh Committee (AVSC) Report Part II’ was implemented in the armed forces amidst much satisfaction among the military hierarchy. Thus a large...

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Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation - II

Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation - II

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 11 Aug , 2011

Personnel Management: As discussed above, misplaced notions of ‘equivalency’ between the soldiery and the civilian establishment has led to the Army becoming top heavy and aged. Rather than...

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