Monthly Archives: January 2013

China’s Tibet handicap

China’s attitude to its own security is like the United States’, or of any great power in earlier times. It seeks absolute security, which means absolute insecurity for every other country, especially states in its vicinity. The chimerical nature of … Continue reading

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Baser Instincts at the Border

The beheading of Lance Naik Hemraj of the Rajputana Rifles, confirmed by the Army Chief General Bikram Singh on January 14, is an act that strays beyond incomprehensibility and into the area of the unfathomably egregious. The habit of mutilating … Continue reading

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What to do about Pakistan

In the wake of the beheading of a slain Indian soldier by 29 Baloch Regiment regulars on the ceasefire line, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, warned about “other options”, implying something stronger by way of … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Asian geopolitics, China, civil-military relations, Great Power imperatives, India's Pakistan Policy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army, Indian Ocean, nonproliferation, Nuclear Weapons, Pakistan, Pakistan military, South Asia, Special Forces, Terrorism, United States | 15 Comments

Redefining India-Pakistan Relations

Pakistan faces a dissimilar set of existential threats. The sole external threat is clear enough — India. The more alarming threats are internal — regional-aspirational in terms of separatist/secessionist movements (in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan), and of ethnic-regional assertion (Sindh, the Muttahida … Continue reading

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Don’t talk Charlie Browne, act!

COAS and chairman, chiefs of staff committee, ACM “Charlie” Browne, for no reason that makes sense, thundered that stronger actions may be resorted to to maintain the sanctity of the ceasefire. For god’s sake, if the military or GOI mean to … Continue reading

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Pakistan army’s penchant for mutilation and how to deal with it

It is either a serious breach of discipline, or it is implementation of a considered policy by the Pakistan army High Command. In either case, it reflects poorly on the Pakistan Army that, until Partition in 1947, was part of the … Continue reading

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No Churning on China

No churning on China Bharat Karnad Situation awareness is a prime tactical, operational and strategic level military attribute and also, one assumes, a quality equally prized by politicians who need to be sensitive about every fold in an unravelling situation. … Continue reading

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