Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Pulwama Car Bombing – another Surgical Strike or Chemotherapy?

Pulwama Car Bombing – another Surgical Strike or Chemotherapy?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Feb , 2019

The car bombing of a CRPF convoy on February 14, 2019, 30 km short of Srinagar in Pulwama has claimed the lives of 44 CRPF personnel with more than 30 others injured. J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik...

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Sabotage - The Silent Killer

Sabotage - The Silent Killer

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

During the Regional Conference on Security held in Bangladesh in 2001, both Pakistani speakers Shirin Mazari, Director General, Institute of Strategic Studies and Lt Gen Javed Hassan, Commandant,...

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Downsizing the Indian Army

Downsizing the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 08 Feb , 2019

While the MoD may be swayed by 300,000-manpower reduction in the PLA, US concept of Integrated Brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan and the German concept of three rifle company battalions, all this...

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Neglecting Border Infrastructure is Dangerous

Neglecting Border Infrastructure is Dangerous

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

With general elections approaching fast, there is news once again about plans for border infrastructure, albeit these are still on paper. This time the media on January 13, 2019 has quoted the...

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Talking to Pakistan

Talking to Pakistan

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

Both Omar Abdullah heading the National Conference (NC) and Mehbooba Mufti heading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in J&K have been batting for India to talk to Pakistan and initiate dialogue with...

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Doctrines – plenty scripting effort

Doctrines – plenty scripting effort

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

Great effort is being put in by the Armed Forces in scripting various doctrines but given the current state of our higher defence organizations, particularly the Ministry of Defence (MoD), and the...

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America’s ARIA – what has changed?

America’s ARIA – what has changed?

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

On the last day of 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) into law. ARIA was introduced in the US Senate in April this year and was passed by the US...

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Andaman & Nicobar – India’s Natural Aircraft Carrier

Andaman & Nicobar – India’s Natural Aircraft Carrier

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jan , 2019

China makes no bones about her ‘Malacca Dilemma’ and ensures aggressive presence in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). She has listening posts in Coco Islands, has made strategic investments in Kyaukpu...

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America’s Afghanistan pullout – repercussions

America’s Afghanistan pullout – repercussions

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Jan , 2019

The Christmas gift from US President Donald Trump in announcing US withdrawal from Syria and 50% troop withdrawal from Afghanistan has shocked half the world, though it would have called for...

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Beyond the GSAT-7A Satellite

Beyond the GSAT-7A Satellite

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

On December 19, 2018, India successfully launched GSAT-7A satellite meant for augmenting the existing communications capabilities of satellites utilized by the Indian Air Force (IAF). GSLV-F11...

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India’s impotency against Stone Pelting

India’s impotency against Stone Pelting

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

Stone pelting began in J&K in 2008 and over the past decade, the strategy is refined and embedded in J&K together with increasing radicalization and means of easy livelihood – popular among...

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After BMS and F-INSAS, NFS Stymied

After BMS and F-INSAS, NFS Stymied

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Dec , 2018

In 2004, Army’s Tactical Command, Control, Communications and Information (TAC C³I) system was taken up as part of Army’s quest for capacity building in netwok centric capabilities to fight...

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JAI and the Quad

JAI and the Quad

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Dec , 2018

There is considerable excitement over the birth of ‘JAI’ – newest multilateral organization. As reported in the media on December 1, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the...

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Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

Theatre Commands suffer Monkey Bite

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Dec , 2018

The monkey has bitten Theatre Commands again and is enjoying the catfight. The game has been ongoing for decades; monkey being the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and cats the three Services – or...

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Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

Chabahar Terror Attack – ominous signs

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Dec , 2018

Four policemen were killed and 42 other individuals were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on a police headquarters in Iran’s port city of Chabahar on December 6. Police stopped the...

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Armed Forces Flag Day 2018 - served with WEXIT

Armed Forces Flag Day 2018 - served with WEXIT

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Dec , 2018

Theresa May became Britain’s Prime Minister on the strength of BREXIT, much as Angela Merkel capitalised on the middle east refugee crisis to extend her tenure as Chancellor since 2005.  Both...

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Resigned to 1000 Cuts?

Resigned to 1000 Cuts?

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

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat delivered a talk at a Think Tank in New Delhi on November 28. Salient points of his talk, as covered in the media reports are: •  India should first resolve...

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The Churn in Sri Lanka Politics

The Churn in Sri Lanka Politics

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Nov , 2018

The political crisis in Sri Lanka deepened further on November 23 with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister installed by President Maithripala  Sirisena lost control of the Parliament Selection...

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Backstabbing India’s Leap of Faith

Backstabbing India’s Leap of Faith

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Nov , 2018

Pakistan has lost no time in backstabbing India’s leap of faith in announcing it will construct the Kartarpur Corridor on India Territory up to the international border, in response Pakistani...

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Waters of Indo-Pacific

Waters of Indo-Pacific

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Nov , 2018

In 2011, Robert Kaplan in his article ‘The South China Sea is the Future of Conflict’ had written, “…..the waters of the South China Sea may constitute the military front line of the...

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