Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Politics over J&K Lockdown and Way Ahead

Politics over J&K Lockdown and Way Ahead

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Aug , 2019

Politicization of the J&K lockdown has been gaining momentum with those opposing government move counting days and hours. The crescendo can be expected to rise with each passing day. Absence of...

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Honouring Braves – Will The Colonel Get Justice?

Honouring Braves – Will The Colonel Get Justice?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 16 Aug , 2019

Indian governments habitually remember braves during wars and conflict, occasions like Independence Day,  Republic Day or when politically opportune to garner votes. Otherwise, neglect of soldiers...

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Tibet and The Next Dalai Lama

Tibet and The Next Dalai Lama

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Aug , 2019

All media in China is government-controlled. Every journalist must be member of the All-China Journalists Association (ACJA) which conducts periodic training capsules for all journalists;...

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Kashmir Reorganized – Historic Feat by Modi Government

Kashmir Reorganized – Historic Feat by Modi Government

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Aug , 2019

Removal of Article 370 and reorganization of J&K State into the Union Territories of J&K (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature) is a historic step by the Modi Government, which was...

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Military Integration – Much Rhetoric, Zero Will

Military Integration – Much Rhetoric, Zero Will

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Aug , 2019

Speaking during the Kargil Diwas celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27 called upon the Army, Navy and Air Force to better integrate themselves as they modernize their capabilities,...

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Geopolitical Clowning

Geopolitical Clowning

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jul , 2019

Seattle-based Andrew Boncombe believes US President Donald Trump could be the “clown”  who could solve Kashmir, albeit Boncombe doesn’t elaborate how adroitly Trump has muddled through Syria...

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Broad-Banding Social Media

Broad-Banding Social Media

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jul , 2019

According to recent newspaper reports, Army has issued a directive for serving personnel not to be part “large groups” on internet-based chat or email services, in order to control leak of...

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ICJ Verdict, Kulbhushan Jadhav and Rogue Pakistan

ICJ Verdict, Kulbhushan Jadhav and Rogue Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jul , 2019

There is no doubt that the ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav granting Indian authorities consular access to Jadhav and directing Pakistan to review and reconsider his conviction and sentencing is a...

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Will Trump U-Turn on Pakistan?

Will Trump U-Turn on Pakistan?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jul , 2019

The spectacle of US President Donald Trump walking across to meet North Korean President Kim Jong-un last month at Panmunjom would have amused Beijing no end. By now it is quite evident that...

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OROP – another wild goose chase?

OROP – another wild goose chase?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jul , 2019

In infancy days of the National Security Guard (NSG), the then Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Home Minister LK Advani arrived to review their annual day parade. As he alighted from the car, he was...

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Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jul , 2019

China announced in July 2018 it had developed the ZKZM-500 laser gun that can destroy a target 800 meters away by charring skin and human tissue, the frequency of the laser making it invisible to...

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Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jul , 2019

A recent circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) dated June 24, 2019 states that tax exemption for disability pension will be “available...

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Pompeo’s India Visit – America’s ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Persists

Pompeo’s India Visit – America’s ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Persists

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jul , 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s June 26-27 visit to India was the first high-level visit by a US official after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power a second time....

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – Cat with 10 Lives?

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – Cat with 10 Lives?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jul , 2019

Amidst ‘dead or alive’ speculations about Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, chief of ISIS, he emerged in a video on April 29, 2019, talking to three others with faces blurred. Baghdadi accepted new...

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US-Iran conflict could spark Western Pacific

US-Iran conflict could spark Western Pacific

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Jun , 2019

The US-Iran conflagrating war of words is raging. President Donald Trump has tweeted, “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be greeted with tremendous and overwhelming force. In some...

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Talking to Hurriyat

Talking to Hurriyat

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Jun , 2019

Speaking at a function on June 22, 2019, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik asserted that the situation in J&K is changing and separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders were ready for talks with the...

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More Sparks in the Valley

More Sparks in the Valley

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jun , 2019

On June 12, 2019, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik asked terrorists to give up arms and invited them to hold talks, saying dialogue is the only way through which they can get what they want within...

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Kyrgyzstan – and India’s Central Asia Connect

Kyrgyzstan – and India’s Central Asia Connect

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jun , 2019

India and Central Asia shares ancient and cultural bonds over centuries. History shows that many invaders came to India through Central Asia. This, along with Indian kings establishing empires up...

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Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2019

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth – anti-satellite...

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Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jun , 2019

BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four security personnel were killed as Maoists targeted his convoy of three vehicles, including the MLA’s bullet-proof one, in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh on...

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