Articles By Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch

Pathankot Operations: A Grand Success

Pathankot Operations: A Grand Success

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jan , 2016

The venom spilt over the conduct of ground operations in eliminating six Pakistani terrorists who had infiltrated into the Pathankot air base is astonishing. There was an unfortunate tendency to...

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Maoist attacks: Hunters become the Hunted

Maoist attacks: Hunters become the Hunted

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Apr , 2015

In yet another ambush by the Maoists in Sukma District, seven policemen of Chhattisgarh’s Special Task Force (STF) were gunned down and 11 were injured at Pidmal village near Dornapal in Sukma...

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J&K: Addressing Security Concerns in a Changing Environment

J&K: Addressing Security Concerns in a Changing Environment

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Mar , 2015

After the successful holding of elections yet again in J&K, and the establishment of a new government in the state, the stage is set for allowing political initiatives to complete the...

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A Lesson in Ethics by an Army Officer

A Lesson in Ethics by an Army Officer

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Jan , 2015

It was the summer of 67. I was all of sixteen years old, had just finished my schooling from a prestigious boarding school and was on a sabbatical working out what to do with my life. My father...

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Military Courts: Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Intervention

Military Courts: Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Intervention

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 21 Jan , 2015

On 6 January 2015, the National Assembly of Pakistan approved the 21st Constitutional Amendment and Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015. The President of Pakistan, Mr Mamnoon Hussain, gave assent...

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Anti Naxal Operations: Initiative must be Regained

Anti Naxal Operations: Initiative must be Regained

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 10 Dec , 2014

On the morning of 1 December, 14 CRPF personnel including two officers were killed and over a dozen injured in an ambush carried out by the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of the CPI...

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Review of Policy on FDI

Review of Policy on FDI

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 02 Sep , 2014

The recently released Press Note 7 of 2014, dated 26 August 2014, notifies the changes brought about by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)...

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Why start with demilitarising Siachen?

Why start with demilitarising Siachen?

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jul , 2014

The talk of demilitarising the Siachen Glacier which was on the back burner for a long time suddenly hit centre stage after a tragic snow avalanche buried all the 140 odd personnel of the...

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Pakistan is looking at a long-term disaster

Pakistan is looking at a long-term disaster

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 02 Jul , 2014

On Sunday, 15 June 2014, a press release from Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR), announced the launch of “Operation Zarb-e-Azb”, to clear North Waziristan Agency (NWA) of...

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Pakistan: On the Edge

Pakistan: On the Edge

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 15 Apr , 2014

In the 2013 elections in Pakistan, all the mainstream political parties emphasised their commitment to seek a durable peace with the Tehrik-e-TalibanPakistan (TTP). A peace deal is off course a...

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Pakistan: Prospects for 2014

Pakistan: Prospects for 2014

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 12 Feb , 2014

The conflict within Pakistan has multiple dimensions. Three of Pakistan’s four provinces, Baluchistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa continue to be plagued by violence, and FATA is, for the most...

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Leadership Changes in Pakistan: Portents for the Future

Leadership Changes in Pakistan: Portents for the Future

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 11 Dec , 2013

Pakistan’s Army Chief, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani finally demitted office on 28 November 2013, ending weeks of speculation. General Raheel Sharif has replaced him, marking an important change...

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Teeth to Tail Ratio: Looking beyond the Obvious

Teeth to Tail Ratio: Looking beyond the Obvious

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 03 Nov , 2013

`  For India, a country struggling to find its soul after centuries of foreign domination, the primary strategic objective would of necessity, remain the human development of its people. While...

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Pakistan: Peace remains a Chimera

Pakistan: Peace remains a Chimera

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 13 Sep , 2013

The successful holding of elections in Pakistan earlier this year marked a significant forward movement in the country’s politics with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) handing over power to the...

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Looking beyond the DBO face off

Looking beyond the DBO face off

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 21 May , 2013

With the Chinese removing the four tents pitched in Indian Territory at an altitude of 17,500 feet, a few kilometers South of Daulat Beg Oldi(DBO) in the Depsang Plains in Eastern Ladakh a...

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Countering IEDs: Training remains the Key

Countering IEDs: Training remains the Key

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 13 Mar , 2013

On 22 February, eight persons, including six policemen, were killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists at Majhauliya village in Bihar’s Gaya district. This marked the first major land mine...

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Lessons from Latehar

Lessons from Latehar

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 02 Feb , 2013

On 07 January 2013, ten police personnel were killed in an ambush in the Karmatiya Forest of Latehar District. Nine of the killed were from the Central Reserve Police force (CRPF) and one was...

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Ethnic Violence in Myanmar: Impact on India

Ethnic Violence in Myanmar: Impact on India

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 11 Dec , 2012

Ethnic violence has once again flared up in Myanmar’s Rakhine state which due to the communal overtones of the conflict could have potential security implications for India. Myanmar has a small...

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Future Wars Require Strong Army Aviation

Future Wars Require Strong Army Aviation

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Courtesy: CLAWS | Date: 27 Jan , 2012

The Raksha Mantri, while speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies last year, said that the government was aware of the pace of military modernisation by countries...

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Confronting the Dragon: Assertiveness Required

Confronting the Dragon: Assertiveness Required

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2011

Chinese actions over the last few years reflect an increasing assertiveness bordering on domination. While the relationship between India and China could be considered stable at the strategic...

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