Articles By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

Combat in Cities

Combat in Cities

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2018

Russian citizens gathered in Volgograd (erstwhile Stalingrad) in February 2018 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February...

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Soldiers Stoned to Death – Is the Nation Shamed?

Soldiers Stoned to Death – Is the Nation Shamed?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Nov , 2018

Close on the heels of government’s nationwide celebrations of the second anniversary of surgical strikes through ‘Prakaram Parv’ and immediately preceding Army celebrating the ‘Infantry...

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Sainik Schools – beyond feeding Armed Forces

Sainik Schools – beyond feeding Armed Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Oct , 2018

The Maharashtra State Government has recently ordered a “high-level” committee to review the present status of Sainik Schools and collect data of alumni who have joined the Armed Forces. The...

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China Cocking Snook – and the CAATSA Dare

China Cocking Snook – and the CAATSA Dare

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Oct , 2018

Media disclosure of a new ITBP report revealing China violated the Line of Actual Control (LAC) 14 times between August 4 and August 19 in Ladakh, with deepest intrusion (officially termed...

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Joint India-China training of Afghan diplomats: Who gains?

Joint India-China training of Afghan diplomats: Who gains?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Date: 25 Oct , 2018

The informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping on April 27-28, 2018 at Wuhan, China, sought by India, was well publicized. The MEA brief issued on April 28,...

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Terror shouldn’t be totally ruled out in Amritsar train massacre

Terror shouldn’t be totally ruled out in Amritsar train massacre

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Oct , 2018

The train massacre at Amritsar on Dussehra resulting in the death of 61 and injuring 72 has shaken the nation. There is no point blaming the Railways as well as the train driver. The speed of the...

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Terrorist Attack from the Sea

Terrorist Attack from the Sea

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Oct , 2018

The IB has red flagged the possibility of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) launching seaborne attack (s) in India. Reports are of large number of its cadres being trained in deep sea diving, simultaneous to...

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Beyond ULB and Panchayat Polls in J&K

Beyond ULB and Panchayat Polls in J&K

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2018

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement “we have to kill militancy, not militants. We have to make militancy useless in the eyes of the people” drew applause from all around. Coming from...

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Maoists Insurgency – far from getting over soon

Maoists Insurgency – far from getting over soon

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Oct , 2018

In 2010, then Home Minister PC Chidambaram had announced that the Maoist problem will be over in next 2-3 years. Coming from the Union Home Minister that Maoist insurgency will be over by...

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Chemical Attacks – may not be too distant

Chemical Attacks – may not be too distant

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Oct , 2018

Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace has warned on October 9 that “Chemical and Biological weapons are marching in closer”, terrorists have prepared better arsenal and...

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All India National Registers of Citizens and National Security

All India National Registers of Citizens and National Security

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Oct , 2018

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam has been in the news past few months. It relates to illegal immigrants, though many would like to paint it as a communal issue. 52,000 Assam...

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Rafale Deal and the Offset Jigsaw

Rafale Deal and the Offset Jigsaw

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Oct , 2018

In this era of connectivity, media explosion and awareness, one did not need the Air Chief and senior serving officers to bat for the Rafale fighter jets, which unquestionably are...

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India-China ‘Internal Security’ Cooperation Agreement

India-China ‘Internal Security’ Cooperation Agreement

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Referred as ‘Big Boost for India-China Relations”, media reports that India and China are to sign an  ‘Internal Security Cooperation Agreement’ this month during the visit of China’s...

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Will Military Hierarchy 'Make' Soldiers Vote?

Will Military Hierarchy 'Make' Soldiers Vote?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2018

Pursuant to the Supreme Court directing the Election Commission (EC) to allow defence personnel to vote as general voters in place of their posting in peace stations, reiterating an earlier...

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Why Pakistan always talks of War and being Nuclear Armed

Why Pakistan always talks of War and being Nuclear Armed

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2018

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s outburst: “India’s arrogant and negative response ….. small men occupying big offices (obvious reference to Prime Minister Modi)” is not surprising...

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2nd Anniversary of Surgical Strikes – how off beam can we go?

2nd Anniversary of Surgical Strikes – how off beam can we go?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Sep , 2018

A big celebration is planned preceding the visit of President Vladimir Putin early next month. Yes, it is the second anniversary celebrations of ‘surgical strikes’ conducted two-years back in...

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Failing to Reading Pakistan

Failing to Reading Pakistan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Sep , 2018

Indian governments have always decried being hyphenated with Pakistan, especially by the West, and for good reasons. But then you recently had Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman publicly...

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Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2018

China has successfully completed on-water trials of its indigenous amphibious aircraft (AF600 or Kunlong) designed for search and rescue missions, which can also be used to transport troops and...

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Under Shadow of the 2+2 Dialogue

Under Shadow of the 2+2 Dialogue

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2018

The inaugural Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue has happened finally. The media worked overtime, giving minute to minute progress – statements, critical comments and whatnot. As the dust settled there have...

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Cutting Infantry Strength – avoid ‘Aur Chupo Syndrome’

Cutting Infantry Strength – avoid ‘Aur Chupo Syndrome’

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Sep , 2018

For those not in the know, there is this story of two druggies snorting next to a river bank and hallucinating. One suggests why we don’t buy land here. The other asks why, so the first guy...

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