Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

The Truth about Rising Defence Pensions

The Truth about Rising Defence Pensions

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2020

There is considerable commotion in media over the rising defence pension outlay which has touched Rs 1.33 lakh crore.  There are headlines like “General Rawat Favours Pension Cut, Colonial...

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Sending troops to Afghanistan would be ludicrous 

Sending troops to Afghanistan would be ludicrous 

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Feb , 2020

Suggestions are being injected through media that Hamdullah Mohib, National Security of Afghanistan during his recent visit to New Delhi “privately” requested that India deploy a Brigade or a...

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Bid

Trump’s Middle East Peace Bid

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Feb , 2020

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing by his side, US President Donald Trump on January 28 announced his plan for peace in the Middle East – ‘Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to...

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New Bodo Accord

New Bodo Accord

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Feb , 2020

Signing of the Bodo Accord on January 23 between the Government of India and Bodos is a significant step that would contribute greatly towards ushering peace in the turbulent northeast. The new...

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Dragon inveigles Naypyitaw

Dragon inveigles Naypyitaw

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jan , 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar on January 17, 2019 carried the hallmarks of China’s strategy of planning and preparations decades in advance. Economic and military aid to...

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Elevating India-Brazil Relations will benefit both

Elevating India-Brazil Relations will benefit both

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jan , 2020

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro will be the Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations in January 2020. He had accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation for the occasion when they...

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America’s Subcontinental Priority

America’s Subcontinental Priority

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Jan , 2020

Citing a leaked letter of Pakistan’s foreign ministry, Asian Lite has reported that some 14 members of Pakistani military were killed recently by Baloch militants based in Iran and that this was...

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Beijing’s ‘Early Harvest’ Googly

Beijing’s ‘Early Harvest’ Googly

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jan , 2020

The 22nd round of talks between Special Representatives of India and China, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Wang Yi, China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi were held at...

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PFI to The Fore

PFI to The Fore

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jan , 2020

With Uttar Pradesh suffering maximum loss of government property during the recent anti-CAA protests and several people losing their lives, there is news that the State Government may ban the...

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Monitoring the Indian Ocean

Monitoring the Indian Ocean

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

Ahead of Navy Day , Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh said on December 3 that there were seven to eight Chinese warships present in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) at any given time and the Chinese...

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Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at Washington DC

Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue at Washington DC

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2019

The ministerial level Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue was held in Washington DC for the first time on December 20, 2019, the inaugural one having been held at New Delhi during 2018. The present dialogue saw...

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Indo-Bangladesh Relations – handle with care

Indo-Bangladesh Relations – handle with care

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Dec , 2019

On December 11, 2019, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen expressed concern over India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and said in Dhaka that it could weaken India’s historic...

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The Colombo-Beijing Connect

The Colombo-Beijing Connect

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

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with Cheng Xueyuan, China’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Colombo Port City on December 7 and officially declared the 269 hectares land...

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First India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue

First India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Dec , 2019

India and Japan held the inaugural meeting of the India-Japan 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi on November 30, 2019. During the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit held in Japan (October 2018), Prime Minister...

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Beyond Trump’s Bagram Thanksgiving

Beyond Trump’s Bagram Thanksgiving

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

The surprise visit by President Donald Trump to Afghanistan on November 29 to be with US troops for Thanksgiving was a good gesture in line with the respect and support the US gives to its...

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Visit of President Gotabaya – new beginning

Visit of President Gotabaya – new beginning

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

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s two-day state visit to India commencing November 29, his first foreign visit after assuming presidency, has signaled a new beginning, contours of which...

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India-Bhutan-China

India-Bhutan-China

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

Speaking to the media in June 2019, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan had called upon China to maintain status quo in the Doklam region, saying “no side” should do anything...

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From Net Defence Importer to Net Exporter?

From Net Defence Importer to Net Exporter?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Nov , 2019

On November 11, 2019, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated, “Looking at the talent India possesses, I am pretty confident that we can become a $10 trillion economy in the next 10-15 years”....

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INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2019

Reports in media indicate UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier on the lines of Britain’s HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ as part of ongoing...

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Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

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

According to media reports, the Indian Army is in the process of undergoing cadre restructuring. In the case of officers, two officers per battalion are being reduced, which will total up to an...

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