Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Operation ‘Sunrise’

Operation ‘Sunrise’

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

News of India conducting a ‘Third Surgical Strike’ in Myanmar has suddenly exploded in media on March 14-15. Over the last three years, all Indian military operations are prefixed with...

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Jaw-Jawing Special Forces

Jaw-Jawing Special Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Mar , 2019

Post the Pulwama car-bombing of February 14 and IAF airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Pakistan on February 27, the media exploded with...

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What Beyond Balakot?

What Beyond Balakot?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Mar , 2019

The unprecedented use of image of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman, a serving IAF officer, indicates the low to which the ruling political party is prepared to stoop. This too after the...

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Kunan-Pushpora Resurfaces with Crackdown on Separatists

Kunan-Pushpora Resurfaces with Crackdown on Separatists

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Mar , 2019

Concurrent to the crackdown on the separatists and Jamaat-e-Islami in the Kashmir Valley, the fictitious case of Kunan-Pushpora mass rape case has resurfaced. This could be due to instructions...

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Fiasco of Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit

Fiasco of Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Mar , 2019

US President Donald Trump hoping North Korea would agree to denuclearize is akin to successive US Presidents asking Pakistan to quit exporting terrorism and shut down the terror sanctuaries in...

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Pak had No Alternative to Freeing Abhinandan

Pak had No Alternative to Freeing Abhinandan

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

Not only is India reverberating with the gallant action of Wing Commander Abhinanan Varthaman on February 27, it has also been duly covered in the Pakistani media. As per reports, Abhinandan...

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Drone Technology and Drone Warfare

Drone Technology and Drone Warfare

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2019

New reports of January 24, 2019 have stated that a 16-year-old boy from Gujarat, Harshwardhan Sinh Zala, has invented the drone ‘EAGLE A7’ which he claims can detect and destroy landmines...

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Litigation against Disabled Soldiers – being withdrawn?

Litigation against Disabled Soldiers – being withdrawn?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2019

According to media reports of February 20, 2019, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to withdraw its appeals made before the Supreme Court against grant of disability benefits to soldiers by...

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Coming – MiG-29 Fulcrums?

Coming – MiG-29 Fulcrums?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Feb , 2019

Not many would know it was NATO that gave the codename ‘Fulcrum’ to the Classic MiG-29 when the MiG-29 became operational in 1982; a name liked and adopted by the Soviets. IAF received around 70...

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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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Remembering George Fernandes

Remembering George Fernandes

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 05 Feb , 2019

The norm in Siachen for visit of defence ministers before George Fernandes became defence minister, was to interact with troops at the Base Camp, fly over the glacier and hit back over Khardung La...

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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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