Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

The India - China Border Conundrum

The India - China Border Conundrum

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 28.3 Jul-Sep 2013 | Date: 12 Sep , 2013

China is becoming increasingly aggressive across the Himalayas for multiple reasons. She takes pride in her ‘Middle Kingdom’ legacy but this mentality is laced with guilt from decades of...

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US subcontracting Afghanistan to Pakistan?

US subcontracting Afghanistan to Pakistan?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 08 Sep , 2013

In early 1970s, a Captain from the Afghan Army attending Junior Command Course in MHOW had this to say about Pakistan, “You attack them from the front and we will take her from the rear – that...

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Gifting Away of Indian territory: The Rise of the Bandicoots?

Gifting Away of Indian territory: The Rise of the Bandicoots?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 06 Sep , 2013

It was pathetic to see  visuals of the longest serving Defence Minister of India  on national TV yesterday evening avoiding media persons wanting to question him on the revelations made in the...

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National Security: Can the nation expect PM to stop swimming in slush?

National Security: Can the nation expect PM to stop swimming in slush?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2013

In one crisp interview to Spiegel, Jayati Ghosh has disrobed the government in deflecting blame on “foreign factors” for the economic slush that they have landed this country into. Both the...

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Will Iran face Biological mess?

Will Iran face Biological mess?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 29 Aug , 2013

In the Times of India of today, Chidanand Rajghatta writes that ihe US has fought some 70 wars since it birth 234 years ago, at least 10 of them major conflicts and that till 1947 the US...

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Unconventional Warfare – Whose Baby?

Unconventional Warfare – Whose Baby?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2013

David Maxwell’s recent article ‘Unconventional Warfare Does Not Belong to Special Forces’ in warontherocks.com makes interesting reading. English is a West German language that originated...

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Maoists: Crimson Tide

Maoists: Crimson Tide

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 24 Aug , 2013

With adequate potential for civil war aimed at Balkanizing India, the Maoist insurgency requires total national focus and synergy, according equal importance to politico-social-economic issues in...

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Indian Navy: How Much Blue Water!

Indian Navy: How Much Blue Water!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Aug , 2013

The launch of Vikrant, the indigenous aircraft carrier, and first of the Arihant class of indigenous nuclear powered submarines have been great leaps in capacity building for a blue water...

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New Delhi: Mice can't roar!

New Delhi: Mice can't roar!

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Aug , 2013

The Prime Minister’s speech this Independence Day from ramparts of the Red Fort reaffirmed to the world that India continues to be a ‘soft state’ ruled by mice. Despite all that has...

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Strangling Self Esteem

Strangling Self Esteem

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Aug , 2013

The Defence Minister’s flip flop statements and eventfully blaming the Pakistani Army for the barbaric killing of five India soldiers through a cross-border raid yet again indicates the bane...

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Nepal's Crimson Deluge Complete

Nepal's Crimson Deluge Complete

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 07 Aug , 2013

On June 13, a major explosion of China’s soft power in Nepal went largely unnoticed in India. This was the gala opening of the Confucius Institute in Kathmandu University co-established by Hebei...

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Feeding China, Indian Territory

Feeding China, Indian Territory

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Aug , 2013

Post his recent trip to India, US Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T Odierno has described the India Army the most influential in Asia Pacific. Browse the web for the 10 most powerful...

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Poor Mapping by Military Survey

Poor Mapping by Military Survey

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jul , 2013

Last month the military ordered a study to reorganize the Military Survey. The need to reorganize this veritable British legacy monolith was never more. There is but one intriguing element; why...

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Pakistan: A land of Treachery and Terror

Pakistan: A land of Treachery and Terror

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 20 Jul , 2013

It happens only in India is a cliché well known. But, seeing Pervez Musharraf featuring in a leadership summit recently on one of our national TV channels proved beyond doubt that moolah (read...

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Four Point Musharraf Formula – Oxymoroning India?

Four Point Musharraf Formula – Oxymoroning India?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jul , 2013

Critics would scoff at the word ‘oxymoroning’ saying there is no such word. What the minister could not learn at Oxford that it was the minister’s party that had first coined the phrase...

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Why Henderson Brooks Report Cannot be De-classified

Why Henderson Brooks Report Cannot be De-classified

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jul , 2013

Claude Arpi’s demand to release the Henderson Brooks report is akin to Julian Assange and Edward Snowden seeking asylum in India. Understandably, Wikileaks disclosures of black money stashed...

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Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA): China's Dangerous Trap

Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA): China's Dangerous Trap

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jul , 2013

Writing in these columns on the brazen Chinese intrusions into Indian Territory, it had been brought out that China considers ‘minds of the hierarchy (political and bureaucratic)’ of the...

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Hawking India

Hawking India

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jul , 2013

As per an exclusive report in the DNA today, Indian officials claim that Chinese are making repeated intrusions into Indian Territory because of an internal tussle between the Chinese PLA and...

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Optimising the Potential of Special Forces

Optimising the Potential of Special Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 08 Jul , 2013

In India, the lack of strategic culture, more on account of keeping the military out from strategic military decision making, has led the hierarchy to believe that conventional forces coupled with...

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China: Another Cross Border Squeak

China: Another Cross Border Squeak

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jul , 2013

Why are we getting so worked about uttering by  Comrade Luo Yuan  working ‘under’ the Director General of the world military research department at a People’s Liberation Army academy...

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