Articles By Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa

Doklam: India at an Inflection Point in its Quest for Regional/Global Power...

Doklam: India at an Inflection Point in its Quest for Regional/Global Power...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 14 Sep , 2017

Doklam, was an innocuous and routine local initiative by the troops on ground. The commander there felt the need to ensure that the existing Agreements and Treaties between India and China are...

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Doklam: Sinister Strategic Lessons for Asian Region of a Rising China

Doklam: Sinister Strategic Lessons for Asian Region of a Rising China

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Aug , 2017

In the mid-1990’s a “China Threat Theory” gained currency as a reaction to China’s huge progress in the economic, military and manufacturing sectors. In fact, its overall accumulation of...

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Doklam: Keeping the Powder Dry!

Doklam: Keeping the Powder Dry!

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jul , 2017

The SENSEX is zooming and therefore all is hunky dory. The Government is busy with its economic agenda. All is well. Doklam!! What of it? Are war clouds looming? Are we conjuring up reasons for...

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China: Threat or Challenge?

China: Threat or Challenge?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: China: Threat or Challenge? | Date: 16 Jul , 2017

China’s sustained double digit economic growth over three decades transformed China. It has lifted 700 million Chinese people out poverty – an unparalleled feat in human history. Its economic...

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Are Nuclear Weapons Losing their Sheen of Strategic Deterrence?

Are Nuclear Weapons Losing their Sheen of Strategic Deterrence?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 12 Jul , 2017

“A process of interacting expectations with additional motive for attack being produced by successive cycles of ‘He thinks we think he thinks we think… He thinks we think he will attack; so...

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Jostling by PLA at Doklam to Stake Illegal Claims

Jostling by PLA at Doklam to Stake Illegal Claims

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jul , 2017

Yatris bound for Kailash-Mansarovar (KM) via the Nathu La in Eastern Sikkim were in for a shock – their Yatra was terminated at Nathu La without even a hint. The initial reason conveyed was that...

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Chinese Bellicosity over Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang

Chinese Bellicosity over Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Apr , 2017

True to form the Chinese reaction to the Dalai Lama’s presence in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh has drawn the expected bellicose bluster from Beijing. Having made Arunachal Pradesh and of late...

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India’s Geostrategic Imperatives in 2017

India’s Geostrategic Imperatives in 2017

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 05 Mar , 2017

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, Sir?” — John Maynard Keynes With the dawn of every New Year, experts of the strategic community undertake an exercise to take stock...

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Rising China: The Middle Kingdoms Aspirations for Global Power Status

Rising China: The Middle Kingdoms Aspirations for Global Power Status

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: China: Threat or Challenge? | Date: 09 Feb , 2017

“It is China’s intention to be the greatest power in the world.” — Lee Kuan Yew, 20111 “China’s peaceful development has broken away from the traditional pattern where a rising power...

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Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

Dynamics of China’s Future Warfighting Potential

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Book Excerpt: China: Threat or Challenge? | Date: 20 Jan , 2017

Preamble The impact of history, geographic position, culture, political system and myriad other factors on strategic and military decision makers is essential to draw comprehensive and complete...

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Same Country, Same Army, Same Enemy but now a Different Result

Same Country, Same Army, Same Enemy but now a Different Result

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 07 Dec , 2016

“A nation that will insist on drawing a broad line between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and thinking done by cowards.” — Sir William...

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Lessons from India’s Wars - Post Independence

Lessons from India’s Wars - Post Independence

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Nov , 2016

“Everything in war is very simple, but the simplest thing is difficult … so in war it is difficult for normal efforts to achieve even moderate results.” – Clausewitz’s note of...

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Has Uri been Finally Avenged?

Has Uri been Finally Avenged?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Courtesy: The New Indian Express | Date: 30 Sep , 2016

As tactical military operations, these raids were an outstanding success. But a larger question remains. India’s forces carried out a se­ries of successful pre-emptive surgical strikes 3-5 km...

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1965 Indo-Pak War: Victory or Stalemate?

1965 Indo-Pak War: Victory or Stalemate?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 11 Sep , 2016

“We live in a wondrous time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.” —German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. Fifty years ago,...

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When Cornered China’s Diplomacy Borders on being Boorish

When Cornered China’s Diplomacy Borders on being Boorish

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Aug , 2016

“Should the Indian Government fail to change this decision at once, to have the Indian armed forces promptly withdraw from Chinese territory which they have seized unlawfully, responsibility...

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Coup in Turkey Now in a Coop

Coup in Turkey Now in a Coop

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 25 Aug , 2016

The coup in Turkey ultimately ended in a coop. Turkey suffered a weekend of tanks, protests and uncertainty, as a military faction launched a coup to topple the Erdogan government. It was a...

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Kashmir – Let Truth Be Told

Kashmir – Let Truth Be Told

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Aug , 2016

“Nero fiddled while Rome burnt.” In July of the year 64 CE (Common Era) a great fire ravaged Rome for six days destroying seventy percent of the City and leaving half its population homeless....

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‘SAGARA MANTHAN’: Make in India Transition

‘SAGARA MANTHAN’: Make in India Transition

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 13 Jul , 2016

‘Sagara Manthan’ or the churning of the ocean of milk, is a story mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana, the Vishnu Purana and the epic Mahabharata. The story relates to the ‘Devas’ (Hindu...

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China Coerced the World to Isolate Taiwan

China Coerced the World to Isolate Taiwan

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 May , 2016

On Friday May 20, 2016 morning Ms Tsai Ing-wen, 59, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was sworn-in President after winning the elections in January this year. India backtracked on sending...

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‘Right Sizing’: Cold Start vs Cold Feet

‘Right Sizing’: Cold Start vs Cold Feet

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 May , 2016

The bugle call is sounded – ‘Right size’ the Army. Right size to fit what politico-military strategy? That is the begging question. War on one front? Or a two front war? Limited war or...

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