Articles By Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD

China: A Threat or A Challenge?

China: A Threat or A Challenge?

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Book Excerpt: China: Threat or Challenge? | Date: 24 Jul , 2017

Introduction China remains a complex and paradoxical country and people to understand; even in this age of globalization and information – communication revolution. Perhaps it had much to do with...

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The PLA Army: Vision 2025

The PLA Army: Vision 2025

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 05 Jul , 2017

The Chinese have long realised that technology is the cutting edge in modern combat. Accordingly, China has embarked on an ambitious programme to revamp its technological capability and this...

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Insurgency in The Northeast: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Insurgency in The Northeast: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel?

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 17 Dec , 2016

When the Constitution was framed, a sub-committee headed by Gopinath Bordoloi was appointed to examine and recommend the constitutional arrangements that would fulfill the aspirations of the...

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Enduring Mysteries of 1971 War

Enduring Mysteries of 1971 War

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Date: 12 Dec , 2016

The lightning campaign launched by the Indian Army in Dec 1971 which resulted in the birth of a new nation — Bangladesh, is surely the greatest feat of arms in our history. As happens in any...

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The Challenges of Global Terrorism

The Challenges of Global Terrorism

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 05 Oct , 2015

There should be no distinction between a good and a bad terrorist which is what some countries are trying to do. The scourge will consume all unless it is ruthlessly eliminated. Countries...

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Was it possible to capture Pak Occupied Kashmir in 1949

Was it possible to capture Pak Occupied Kashmir in 1949

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2015

It is often argued that India should not have accepted the UN sponsored ceasefire on 09th January 1949 since it was only a matter of few months before Indian forces captured Pak occupied Kashmir...

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Return of Haji Pir Pass in 1965 – Myth and the Reality

Return of Haji Pir Pass in 1965 – Myth and the Reality

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Aug , 2015

In 1965 war, Indian Army had captured the strategic Haji Pir Pass.  During the Tashkent talks between Indian and Pakistan, held through the good offices of Soviet Union, India agreed to return...

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Article 370: The untold story

Article 370: The untold story

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 27 Dec , 2014

It is often not realized that among the causes of Kashmir problem – inclusion of plebiscite in the Instrument of Accession, reference of Kashmir to UN, halting Indian offensive when it was...

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When Chinese were given a Bloody Nose

When Chinese were given a Bloody Nose

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Sep , 2014

After the debacle of 1962, nothing could have enhanced the self esteem of India Army than the mauling that was given to the Chinese at Nathu La in Sikkim on 11th September 1967 and at Chola on...

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Tibet: The Real Issue

Tibet: The Real Issue

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol 22.4 Oct-Dec 2007 | Date: 18 Sep , 2014

“Following the logic of power, empires in their expansive phases push out their frontiers until they meet the resistance of a strong neighbour, or reach a physical barrier which makes a natural...

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