Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Maldives – China tightening the noose

Maldives – China tightening the noose

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2018

There cannot be any denial that the manner in which the India-Maldives equation  has been allowed to drift, indicates crass intelligence failure coupled with our inability to understand...

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Securing Perimeter of Military Establishments

Securing Perimeter of Military Establishments

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Feb , 2018

After the terrorist attack on IAF’s Patahnkot airbase on January 2, 2016, the MoD had appointed a committee headed by Lt Gen Phillip Campose, then Vice Chief of Army Staff,  to review the...

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South India on Short Fuze?

South India on Short Fuze?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Feb , 2018

In matters of national security India has repeatedly glossed over breeches and ignored build up to explosive situations till the explosion takes place. Resolute action lacks under euphemisms like...

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Tall Story - Ceasefire

Tall Story - Ceasefire

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Feb , 2018

Pakistan has deliberately upped the ante at the border. Cross border actions and shelling has intensified. As per reports, missiles are also being used by Pakistan. Since January 3, 2018, 12...

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Missiles, Satellites and Anti-Systems

Missiles, Satellites and Anti-Systems

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Feb , 2018

When India successfully test-fired its nuclear capable Agni-V ICBM on January 18 this year, China made no official statement, but after the December 2016 Agni-V test China had stated it hoped...

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Beyond India’s Australia Group Membership

Beyond India’s Australia Group Membership

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jan , 2018

India became a member of the Australia Group on January 19, 2018. The Australia Group restricts trade in materials used to make chemical and biological weapons. It was formed in 1985 prompted by...

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Gadhoo – Another Chinese Base in Indian Ocean?

Gadhoo – Another Chinese Base in Indian Ocean?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jan , 2018

An article in the China Daily during 2014 stated China plans to build 18 “Strategic Support Bases” in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), outlining a blueprint for the establishment of 18 Chinese...

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Navy’s Minesweeping Woes – Going Critical

Navy’s Minesweeping Woes – Going Critical

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jan , 2018

From the very beginning of his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave priority to visiting countries in the Indian Ocean. Addressing the valedictory function of the International Fleet Review...

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Maldives: Drift, Intransigence, Implications

Maldives: Drift, Intransigence, Implications

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jan , 2018

There is plenty euphoria in the media about Maldives having “reset” the bilateral relations with India, Mohammed Asim, Maldivian Foreign Minister and Special Envoy of Maldivian President...

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Assault Rifles, Carbine Procurement – Israel could be best source

Assault Rifles, Carbine Procurement – Israel could be best source

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jan , 2018

Media headlines on January 17 read “13 yrs after requst, Army to get 1.6 lakh rifles, carbines”. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by the Defence Minister, has  cleared fast-track...

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The Tuting Saga – what we should learn

The Tuting Saga – what we should learn

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jan , 2018

Mao Zhedong said and Deng Xiaoping reiterated, “Tibet is the palm of China and Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and NEFA (now Arunachal Pradesh) are its fingers”. Xi Jinping was a secretary in...

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Armed Forces Suicides, Welfare and Morale

Armed Forces Suicides, Welfare and Morale

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2018

A recent editorial in a national daily titled ‘An Unhappy Army’ states that unflattering information on the internal “atmosphere” in the armed services is seldom made public: the...

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Finally: A US President shows Pakistan the Mirror

Finally: A US President shows Pakistan the Mirror

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jan , 2018

No US President has ever been as direct as President Donald Trump, in publicly showing the mirror to Pakistan. In the past, when Hillary Clinton threatened Pakistan to join GWOT or face...

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Netanyahu is Coming!

Netanyahu is Coming!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jan , 2018

When PM Narendra Modi made his maiden visit to Israel last year, Israeli newspapers had headlined that the world’s most important Prime Minister is coming to Israel. Now Israeli Prime Minister...

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More Cross Border killings, another Surgical Strike?

More Cross Border killings, another Surgical Strike?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Dec , 2017

India lost one Major and three soldiers in Pakistan’s cross border action in Keri Sector of Rajouri District of J&K on December 24. Pakistani troops reportedly targeted the Army patrol at Brat...

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Military Applications of 3D Printing – where are we?

Military Applications of 3D Printing – where are we?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Dec , 2017

In 2014, the 3D printers market in India was at nascent stage with just 250-500 combined workforce of engineers, sales representatives, graphic designers etc. However, by 2019 these numbers are...

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Drones and Lasers – Rapid Development is Vital

Drones and Lasers – Rapid Development is Vital

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Dec , 2017

Just before the recent visit to India by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China made big noise about an Indian drone that crashed across the line of actual control in China occupied Tibet during...

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Bullet Train, Saltoro and the BMS

Bullet Train, Saltoro and the BMS

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Dec , 2017

In a recent pre-election rally in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that those who do not want the bullet train are welcome to keep using the bullock cart. Debunkers of the bullet train...

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The Mazari Saga – and the Pakistan Army-Islamist Nexus

The Mazari Saga – and the Pakistan Army-Islamist Nexus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Dec , 2017

The video of Imaan Mazari of Pakistan lambasting the Pakistani Army and Pakistani Government’s handling of the recent protests by Islamists in Faizabad...

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Islamists Protests in Pakistan – is the experiment backfiring?

Islamists Protests in Pakistan – is the experiment backfiring?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2017

Till the last reports when this article was sent for publication, 10 persons were killed and more than 250 injured in clashes in Pakistan as the army and security forces cracked down on Islamist...

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