Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Maoists Raise Stakes

Maoists Raise Stakes

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Mar , 2020

Starting with the then Union Home Minister in 2010 stating that the Maoists insurgency will be over in next 3-4 years, which his successors too echoed, it appears that we continue to deliberately...

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Vectoring the NEST

Vectoring the NEST

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Mar , 2020

As per recent reports in the media, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has established a new ministerial division called ‘NEST’, which denotes New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies. The...

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Forcing the US-Taliban Deal

Forcing the US-Taliban Deal

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

The US-Taliban peace deal is spluttering with the intra-Afghan dialogue stalemated before it began. The political scene has a touch of hilarity with Ashraf Ghani taking oath as President for a...

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US-Taliban Deal and Beyond

US-Taliban Deal and Beyond

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Mar , 2020

Signing of the US-Taliban deal by US Special Representative Zalmay Khalizad and Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar on behalf of Taliban at Doha, Qatar on February 29 had all the trappings of a mega show....

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Pakistan, FATF and Masood Azhar’s Houdini Act

Pakistan, FATF and Masood Azhar’s Houdini Act

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Feb , 2020

The media is full with headlines like ‘Pakistan fails to get off the ‘Grey List’ of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). But a better way would be to say ‘Pakistan successfully avoids...

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Donald Trump’s India Visit

Donald Trump’s India Visit

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Feb , 2020

US President Donald Trump is to arrive in India on February 24 for a two-day visit. This will be his first state visit to India. According to the White House Press Secretary, “During a phone...

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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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