Articles By RSN Singh

Defence Preparedness Back on Track

Defence Preparedness Back on Track

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 May , 2015

A successful foreign policy is predicated to a large measure on a country’s defence posturing. A robust defence posturing in turn is not possible without motivated men complemented by requisite...

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Iran's Threat Perception

Iran's Threat Perception

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 28 Mar , 2015

Enduring stability has eluded Iran ever since British Petroleum discovered oil at Majid Solemyan in the country in 1908. It completely transformed the society and polity in the country. The...

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Threat from Nepal's Instability

Threat from Nepal's Instability

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Mar , 2015

Nepal shares a 1751 Km land boundary with India and 1414 Km with China (Tibet). Although landlocked and surrounded by these two Asian giants, Nepal’s geographic, economic and cultural...

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Pakistan's Nuclear & Missile Weapons Programme

Pakistan's Nuclear & Missile Weapons Programme

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 16 Feb , 2015

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, as Minister for Fuel, Power and Natural Resources (1958-1962) and Foreign Minister of Pakistan (1963-1966), was a leading advocate for attainment of nuclear weapons...

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Saudi Arabia's Threat Perception

Saudi Arabia's Threat Perception

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 02 Feb , 2015

The discovery of oil in 1938, in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia came just six years after the formation of the state. Post World War II, Saudi Arabia assumed great strategic significance as...

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Afghanistan's Strategic Culture and Threat Perception

Afghanistan's Strategic Culture and Threat Perception

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 27 Jan , 2015

Afghanistan has geographical interface with energy-rich West Asia and Central Asia as also with nuclear capable China and Pakistan. Its direct interface with India is precluded by Pakistan...

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China becoming a superpower or just a regional player?

China becoming a superpower or just a regional player?

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 05 Jan , 2015

The end of the Cold War in 1989, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, opened up strategic opportunities for China. As per Chinese perceptions, the era of bipolarity had given way to a...

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Threat Perception of India

Threat Perception of India

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 26 Dec , 2014

Very few countries in the world are beset with as many hostile or uncomfortable neighbours as India. With its two neighbours China and Pakistan, it has a post-independence history of wars and the...

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Sardar Patel's Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on Tibet

Sardar Patel's Letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on Tibet

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: The Unmaking of Nepal | Date: 31 Oct , 2014

My dear Jawaharlal, Ever since my return from Ahmedabad and after the Cabinet meeting the same day which I had to attend at practically fifteen minutes’ notice and for which I regret I was not...

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Why ISIS should torment Omar Abdullah?

Why ISIS should torment Omar Abdullah?

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Oct , 2014

On October 10, masked men hoisted the ISIS flag in Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid. This incident followed the Friday prayers. A similar incident had taken place on October 6, wherein some youth waved...

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Pakistan was designed for proxy war

Pakistan was designed for proxy war

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Oct , 2014

…Jawaharlal Nehru had referred to a pamphlet written by the former Chief of General Staff of Pakistani Army in his address to the Cabinet’s Defence Committee meeting on the issue of the...

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But for China!

But for China!

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2014

The decade of 50s was characterized by romanticisation of communism in India. Such was the romance that many leaders of the post-Independence dispensation, most of who claimed to have made huge...

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China's Threat Perception

China's Threat Perception

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 17 Sep , 2014

Ancient China, was unparalleled in matters of strategic thinking, defence technology and organisation of Armed Forces, but became extremely inward looking by the 16th century, and was thus...

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Israel's Threat Perception

Israel's Threat Perception

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 10 Sep , 2014

Israel’s geo-political location is a security nightmare for Israeli defence planners, given the hostile or potentially belligerent neighbourhood on each of its flanks. Nevertheless, for the US...

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Defence Industry of Pakistan

Defence Industry of Pakistan

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 30 Aug , 2014

After partition, Pakistan did not inherit any military production facilities. In 1951, the Pakistan Ordnance Factory was established at Wah cantonment to produce small arms, ammunition and...

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China's Ballistic Missile Programme & Its Defence Industry

China's Ballistic Missile Programme & Its Defence Industry

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 14 Aug , 2014

The ballistic missile capability that China had acquired was in evidence in the 1960s when it had deployed DF-1 (conventionally armed Short Range Ballistic Missile – SRBM), DF-2 (CCS-I Medium...

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Nepal: The ticking time-bomb

Nepal: The ticking time-bomb

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 04 Aug , 2014

Nepal is at a critical crossroad; in fact the rebirth of the country as a new nation-state is in question. To assess the evolving situation, I recently undertook an extensive tour of the country....

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Ballistic Missiles and NBC Weapon Programme of North Korea

Ballistic Missiles and NBC Weapon Programme of North Korea

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asian Strategy and Military Perspective | Date: 04 Jan , 2013

North Korea’s missile development programme began in the 1970s and is totally predicated on reverse engineering. To begin with, it reverse engineered Frog-5 missiles and Soviet made Scud-B...

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Is Colonel Purohit guilty?

Is Colonel Purohit guilty?

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 18 Jul , 2012

The article was written one month prior to 26/11 and was published in Indian Defence Review issue No. 23.4 (Oct-Dec 2008) under the the title “Spare the Army“. Going by the selective and flip-flop...

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The Talibanization of Kashmir

The Talibanization of Kashmir

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jul , 2012

The threat to Sikhs for conversion to Islam has upset the Hurriat leaders, both the Geelani and Umar Farooq factions. They have conveniently blamed the Indian intelligence agencies for this new...

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