Articles By Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa

China’s Expansionists Footprints: Is it Lebresraum, Irredintism or Revanchism?

China’s Expansionists Footprints: Is it Lebresraum, Irredintism or Revanchism?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol 38.3, Jul-Sep & 38.4, Oct-Dec 2023 | Date: 29 Dec , 2023

China’s history has been continuously tailored and retrofitted to its seemingly insatiable greed for territory. The ‘Great Wall of China’ is an indicator of how the country has gone beyond...

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Interview of Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

Interview of Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Dec , 2023

Lt Gen JS Bajwa – Editor Indian Defence Review (IDR) had the unique privilege to interview the Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC. Details of the candid response of the...

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Book review of the Book

Book review of the Book "Nation First"

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Jul , 2023

Publisher: Hachette India | ISBN: 9789357311663 | B Format Paperback | Pages: 240 | Price: INR 399 This Book is not a historical record recounting the details of the Kargil War of 1999. Nor is it...

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Strategic Coercion: War by other Means

Strategic Coercion: War by other Means

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 38.2, Apr-Jun 2023 | Date: 05 Jul , 2023

“Today the foundations of power have been moving away from the emphasis on military force and conquest. The absence of a warrior ethic in modern democracies means that the use of force requires...

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An Era of Wars, No Wars Nether Peace!!

An Era of Wars, No Wars Nether Peace!!

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 38.1, Jan-Mar 2023 | Date: 11 Apr , 2023

The 21st Century and its post-modern society has rejected the “universal validity” of binary oppositions, stable identity, hierarchy, and categorization. Postmodernism is largely a reaction to...

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Today’s Era is Not of War:  A Strong Nation Needs a Strong Military

Today’s Era is Not of War:  A Strong Nation Needs a Strong Military

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 37.4, Oct-Dec 2022 | Date: 20 Dec , 2022

“Today’s Era is Not of War:  A Strong Nation Needs a Strong Military” “I know today’s era is not of war…… that democracy, diplomacy and dialogue touch the entire world”. Prime...

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China and the emerging world order

China and the emerging world order

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Date: 10 Dec , 2022

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”, was a comment by Churchill on Russia. However, in today’s world this would more aptly apply to China.  Enigma it is. It revels in remaining...

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Military Modernisation and the “Hollowness”

Military Modernisation and the “Hollowness”

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2022

Ten years ago, in 2012, the then Chief of the Army Staff wrote a detailed letter to the then Prime Minister bringing to his notice the “critical deficiencies” in the Army’s arsenal and...

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Land Warfare and its Future ‘Avatar’

Land Warfare and its Future ‘Avatar’

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Courtesy: Uday India | Date: 15 Oct , 2022

‘The Avatar is the one that holds the balance of them together until he disappears. When that happens, peace is lost and war becomes the common theme among the nations.’ – Avatar: The Last...

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The Great Churning: Reset of Global Geopolitical Order

The Great Churning: Reset of Global Geopolitical Order

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 37.3, Jul-Sep 2022 | Date: 16 Sep , 2022

“A new world order can only be created if we establish an order where the powerful wolf cannot eat the weak lamb!”— Mehmet Murat ildan The geopolitical order of the world was radically...

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Logistics and Stamina in War

Logistics and Stamina in War

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 37.2, Apr-Jun 2022 | Date: 24 Jun , 2022

“My logisticians are a humourless lot… they know if my campaign fails, they will be the first ones I will slay.” — Alexander the Great “Logistics comprises the means and arrangements...

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China’s Geostrategic Perspect and Eastern Ladakh

China’s Geostrategic Perspect and Eastern Ladakh

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 37.1, Jan-Mar 2022 | Date: 23 Mar , 2022

“Since deterrence can only be tested negatively, by events that do not take place, and since it is never possible to demonstrate why something has not occurred, it became especially difficult...

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Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the industry

Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy will be the oxygen for the industry

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2022

Interview first published in Sep 2020 IBT: India has recently imposed an import embargo on 101 items in the defence sector. How well is the country positioned for indigenous manufacturing of these...

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Ukraine: Games Nations Play

Ukraine: Games Nations Play

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jan , 2022

One is reminded of a couple of books published sometime in the mid and late sixties – ‘I am Ok, You are Ok’ by Thomas Anthony Harris and ‘Games People Play’ by Eric Berne.  Harris...

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Hundred Years of Peace with India: A Non-Starter from the Word Go

Hundred Years of Peace with India: A Non-Starter from the Word Go

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Jan , 2022

As expected there was a wave of euphoria amongst the Indian liberal community. They see the Pakistani National Security Policy as a success of all their Track 1.5, Track 2 and the other Umpteen...

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The 14th Round of Talks in Ladakh:  And the PLA’S Training Mobilisation...

The 14th Round of Talks in Ladakh:  And the PLA’S Training Mobilisation...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jan , 2022

On 4th January 2022, the Chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission (CMC), Xi Jinping, signed and issued the Training Mobilisation Order (TMO) to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for...

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China Unleashes an “Indian Spring”!!

China Unleashes an “Indian Spring”!!

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 15 Dec , 2021

The surrogate of the 21st century is an adjunct in a growing tool box within the full-spectrum, hybrid conflicts where kinetic action is just one of many levers power protagonists employ to...

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India’s Extended Neighbourhood in Turmoil: Afghanistan – A Vacuum or a...

India’s Extended Neighbourhood in Turmoil: Afghanistan – A Vacuum or a...

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 36.3, Jul-Sep 2021 | Date: 26 Sep , 2021

“The Iraqi and Afghan wars have not ‘ended.’ Only America’s involvement has ‘ended.’ …When a country leaves a war before achieving victory it is not called leaving. It is called...

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What Obstructs India’s Quest for the Status as a ‘Power’?

What Obstructs India’s Quest for the Status as a ‘Power’?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 21 Jun , 2021

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party. …According to the Marxist theory...

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“If You Know Your Enemy…” — Why China did What it did in Ladakh?

“If You Know Your Enemy…” — Why China did What it did in Ladakh?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 36.1, Jan-Mar 2021 | Date: 06 Feb , 2021

“If you have an enemy, then learn and know your enemy, don’t just be mad at him.” — Denzel Hayes Washington (American actor, director, and producer) Consequent to the five underground...

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