Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Geopolitical Clowning

Geopolitical Clowning

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

Seattle-based Andrew Boncombe believes US President Donald Trump could be the “clown”  who could solve Kashmir, albeit Boncombe doesn’t elaborate how adroitly Trump has muddled through Syria...

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Broad-Banding Social Media

Broad-Banding Social Media

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Jul , 2019

According to recent newspaper reports, Army has issued a directive for serving personnel not to be part “large groups” on internet-based chat or email services, in order to control leak of...

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ICJ Verdict, Kulbhushan Jadhav and Rogue Pakistan

ICJ Verdict, Kulbhushan Jadhav and Rogue Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jul , 2019

There is no doubt that the ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav granting Indian authorities consular access to Jadhav and directing Pakistan to review and reconsider his conviction and sentencing is a...

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Will Trump U-Turn on Pakistan?

Will Trump U-Turn on Pakistan?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jul , 2019

The spectacle of US President Donald Trump walking across to meet North Korean President Kim Jong-un last month at Panmunjom would have amused Beijing no end. By now it is quite evident that...

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OROP – another wild goose chase?

OROP – another wild goose chase?

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

In infancy days of the National Security Guard (NSG), the then Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Home Minister LK Advani arrived to review their annual day parade. As he alighted from the car, he was...

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Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

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

China announced in July 2018 it had developed the ZKZM-500 laser gun that can destroy a target 800 meters away by charring skin and human tissue, the frequency of the laser making it invisible to...

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Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

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

A recent circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) dated June 24, 2019 states that tax exemption for disability pension will be “available...

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Pompeo’s India Visit – America’s ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Persists

Pompeo’s India Visit – America’s ‘Mutt & Jeff’ Persists

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jul , 2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s June 26-27 visit to India was the first high-level visit by a US official after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power a second time....

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Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – Cat with 10 Lives?

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi – Cat with 10 Lives?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Jul , 2019

Amidst ‘dead or alive’ speculations about Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, chief of ISIS, he emerged in a video on April 29, 2019, talking to three others with faces blurred. Baghdadi accepted new...

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US-Iran conflict could spark Western Pacific

US-Iran conflict could spark Western Pacific

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

The US-Iran conflagrating war of words is raging. President Donald Trump has tweeted, “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be greeted with tremendous and overwhelming force. In some...

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Talking to Hurriyat

Talking to Hurriyat

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

Speaking at a function on June 22, 2019, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik asserted that the situation in J&K is changing and separatist Hurriyat Conference leaders were ready for talks with the...

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More Sparks in the Valley

More Sparks in the Valley

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Jun , 2019

On June 12, 2019, J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik asked terrorists to give up arms and invited them to hold talks, saying dialogue is the only way through which they can get what they want within...

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Kyrgyzstan – and India’s Central Asia Connect

Kyrgyzstan – and India’s Central Asia Connect

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

India and Central Asia shares ancient and cultural bonds over centuries. History shows that many invaders came to India through Central Asia. This, along with Indian kings establishing empires up...

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Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

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

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth – anti-satellite...

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Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

Pulwama to Garhchiroli – training and accountability need focus

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

BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi and the four security personnel were killed as Maoists targeted his convoy of three vehicles, including the MLA’s bullet-proof one, in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh on...

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India’s 5G Network

India’s 5G Network

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

As the 5G networks begin taking shape world over, medical researchers are raising fears of health hazards from 5G. These include overall adverse effects on health and the DNA, leading to cancer,...

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Disrupting Military Bases

Disrupting Military Bases

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jun , 2019

A recent article titled, ‘How new military bases could seed new cities and create jobs’ has appeared recently in the media. It is not known whether the author-scholar is on the payroll of...

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Beijing’s CPEC Dilemma

Beijing’s CPEC Dilemma

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

Western media, quoting Pakistan military, had reported on May 12, 2019, that five people including a naval soldier were killed and six others were injured (including two army captains, two navy...

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Drones in Conflict

Drones in Conflict

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

The ISIS used drones extensively in Iraq-Syria for reconnaissance, surveillance and dropping explosives and mines, inflicting casualties and caution on attacking forces. As early as 2015, Iraqi...

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North Korea and the musings in Capitol Hill

North Korea and the musings in Capitol Hill

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 May , 2019

Soon after Kim Jong-un, DPRK’s Supreme Leader returned from his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, DPRK fired two short-range ballistic missiles within the space of a week. The...

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