Articles By Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa

Sending Out Confounding Signals

Sending Out Confounding Signals

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 May , 2018

Just the other day the Raksha Mantri, in response to the Pakistani Army Chief’s overture for peace is reported to have made a statement to the press wherein she stated that “any comment from...

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‘Pak Army for better ties with India’ is Hogwash

‘Pak Army for better ties with India’ is Hogwash

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 May , 2018

Screaming headlines and newspaper waving gleeful ‘Track 2’ members are giving thumbs up on an ‘about to restart Indo-Pak peace process!!! In a recent briefing and interaction by the...

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Profiling Future Wars — Indian Context

Profiling Future Wars — Indian Context

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 16 Apr , 2018

‘An analysis of the content and character of armed confrontation in local wars and armed conflicts over the last decade leads us to the conclusion that the content of the particular military...

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Strategic Review of 2017: Forecasting for 2018

Strategic Review of 2017: Forecasting for 2018

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 20 Mar , 2018

It can be difficult to separate the important from the unimportant on any given day. The reflections below mean to do exactly that – by thinking about what happened today, we can consider what...

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North Korea and Pakistan: Judged by Different Yardsticks

North Korea and Pakistan: Judged by Different Yardsticks

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Dec , 2017

Are North Korea’s nuclear tipped missiles a threat to the World or the United States of America? Is United States of America the World??!! US began to look at North Korea in a different light....

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The World after the 19th Party Congress

The World after the 19th Party Congress

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 05 Dec , 2017

Planet Earth, it seemed, held its breath for these seven days in October to see what emerged from the secret parleys of the 19th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Like a...

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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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