Articles By Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd)

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

The Wuhan Pneumonia and Biological Warfare

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Apr , 2020

An increasingly assertive China on the global stage has a more than adequate arsenal of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). In military parlance, WMDs are weapons employed to wage nuclear, chemical...

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The Super Power Buckles

The Super Power Buckles

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 31 Jan , 2019

Eighteen years after the US launched the first global war on terrorism in Afghanistan, the end state desired at its commencement by the US and its Afghan supporters for this impoverished and...

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Military Diplomacy: A Vital Tool for Furthering National Interests

Military Diplomacy: A Vital Tool for Furthering National Interests

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 17 Apr , 2018

“While the civil bureaucracy and the political leadership in our MOD continue to constrain the Indian military’s engagement with the world, China is consciously promoting it.”  — C Raja...

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India should be prepared to fight its own battles

India should be prepared to fight its own battles

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Date: 02 Jan , 2018

With the call that “America is in the game and America is going to win”  strongly reminiscent of his populist campaign speeches, US President Donald Trump launched his first National...

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India should not Gloat over a Moderate Tactical Success

India should not Gloat over a Moderate Tactical Success

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 26 Oct , 2016

The last three weeks may not have been historically momentous, as some in the establishment would like us to believe, but certainly India has been in the news, both within and globally, and more...

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Afghanistan: In the Grip of Spiraling Instability

Afghanistan: In the Grip of Spiraling Instability

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Date: 28 Jul , 2016

Violence-stricken Afghanistan continues to find itself being helplessly crushed under the weight of spiraling political instability and mindless killings, which are often sponsored from across the...

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Thwarting the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism: India can lead the way

Thwarting the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism: India can lead the way

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 09 Apr , 2016

‘Global challenges demand global solutions’ is an oft quoted truism, parroted by many global leaders, but on which there is hardly any display of concerted action. Be it the implementation of...

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Is India wasting its energies in totally unproductive and self-destructive...

Is India wasting its energies in totally unproductive and self-destructive...

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Date: 19 Mar , 2016

At the cusp of becoming a reckonable global player, India, relatively a young nation but importantly, the inheritor of an ancient and a great civilization, displays an uncanny propensity for...

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2016: Year of reckoning for Modi government

2016: Year of reckoning for Modi government

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 04 Jan , 2016

Elected governments for the tall claims they make to their overly aspirational electorates are expected fulfill millions of promises. This natural yearning of the people in any vibrant democracy...

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Time running out for Afghanistan

Time running out for Afghanistan

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 24 Oct , 2015

War ravaged Afghanistan, the “graveyard of empires”, continues to descend into growing political instability and recurrent fratricidal conflict.  That the overall security situation in the...

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Pakistan: Back to square one

Pakistan: Back to square one

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Date: 23 Dec , 2014

It was indeed a carnage, rarely witnessed in recent human history, when more than 145 innocent children and their teachers were massacred by deranged monsters belonging to the terror outfit...

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Tackling the LWE Menace in India

Tackling the LWE Menace in India

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Nov , 2014

“Of all kinds of dangers, internal dangers should be got rid of first, for it is internal troubles, like the fear from a lurking snake, that are more serious than external troubles.”  —...

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Combating Left-Wing Extremism

Combating Left-Wing Extremism

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 01 Jun , 2013

Among the security perils that afflict India internally, the gravest and most alarmingly burgeoning is left-wing extremism (LWE), commonly dubbed as the Naxal-Maoist threat. Alluded to as being...

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Next Generation Defence Reforms

Next Generation Defence Reforms

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Aug , 2012

The noted American strategic analyst George Tanham succinctly expressed some years back that “Indian elites show little evidence of having thought coherently and systematically about...

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China’s growing assertiveness and shaping the Indian response

China’s growing assertiveness and shaping the Indian response

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jul , 2012

“Indian elites show little evidence of having thought coherently and systematically about strategy.” – George Tanham   Nearly 200 years back, Napoleon had prophetically stated that “ let...

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Red Dragon in India’s North West

Red Dragon in India’s North West

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Jul , 2012

Defence Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan held on 11-12 June 2012 at Islamabad for resolving the Siachen issue ended on expected lines with both nations sticking to their often...

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The snows of hope

The snows of hope

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2011

Notwithstanding the separatists and their masters, Pakistan’s infamous Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) engineered grenade blasts in the last month, come the next  few weeks, the beautiful...

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Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future - II

Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future - II

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 06 Sep , 2011

Relations with the United States Pakistan’s relations since the early 1950s with its mentor, the United States, has been a roller-coaster ride. Pakistan has been kept afloat all these years by...

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Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future - I

Pakistan: A Troubled Legacy and an Uncertain Future - I

By: Lt Gen Kamal Davar (Retd) | Issue: Courtesy: Aakrosh | Date: 05 Sep , 2011

It is the seventh-largest nation, with the sixth-largest armed forces, in the world and an alarmingly growing nuclear arsenal. Yet, Pakistan stands at the edge of an abyss and the crossroads of...

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